Advocacy

CCIA was founded in 1972 to promote open markets, open systems, and open networks in the computer and telecommunications industry. Today, the association continues to evangelize these principles across these increasingly diverse and economically important sectors of the global economy.

Senators Introduce Startup Act 2.0

Four Senators have introduced bipartisan legislation this week designed to improve the environment for startup businesses in the U.S.  The Startup Act 2.0 would create an entrepreneur’s visa for legal immigrants to remain in the US and start up a business as long as they hire a certain number of American workers.  The bill would…

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Panelists Discuss Competition In Search At GMU

Academics studying everything from economics to competition among search engines and social media offered their theories on the marketplace as well as grounds for antitrust authority by regulators at George Mason University law school’s second annual conference on Competition, Search and Social Media Wednesday. Ronald Cass, Dean Emeritus of Boston University Law School, offered history…

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CCIA Testifies In Support Of GPS Act

The tech industry is welcoming legislation Congress is proposing to update our outdated electronic privacy laws – written before almost anyone carried cell phones. Today Computer & Communications Industry Association President & CEO Ed Black told the House Judiciary Crime Subcommittee during its hearing that failure to address the geolocation privacy loophole is a problem…

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FTC Testifies On Privacy, Competition At Senate Commerce Hearing

Privacy as a competition issue was a focus at the Senate Commerce Committee’s hearing on online privacy Thursday. Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz said having privacy rules could help provide a level playing field between companies that have privacy policies and those who don’t. Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen said, however, said something to be cautious of is enacting…

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European Court Reaffirms Limits On Copyright Protection For Software

The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) has made an important ruling in the case SAS Institute Inc. v. World Programming Ltd. (C?406/10). The Court has ruled that computer functions, programming languages, and data file formats could not qualify for copyright protection, and that only actual software code was eligible for copyright protection. Copyright lawyers…

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