The administration has characterized the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement as “an ambitious, next-generation, Asia-Pacific trade agreement.” It is being negotiated with Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru Singapore and Vietnam — with Canada and Mexico as set to join.

CCIA’s View:

CCIA supports the speedy completion of a high-quality “21st century” Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. A 21st-century agreement will contain provisions that permit the smooth functioning of the industry of the 21st century — the Internet. The Internet is visibly revolutionizing the way businesses — including small and medium enterprises — function. Without a smoothly functioning Internet, the negotiated provisions of TPP will not yield the desired gains for TPP citizens.

First, TPP must include balanced intellectual property rules. An intellectual property regime can allow technological progress only if it appropriately balances the competing interests between encouraging investment and enabling information access. Because the international trade regime has generally lacked flexible IP provisionis to promote innovation, it is necessary to modernize the IP provisions of the aging trade framework to be consistent with Internet and high-technology innovation.

Second, TPP should promote the free flow of information online, recognizing that blocking bits at the border is as much as affront to international free trade as blocking physical goods. The ability of U.S. businesses to operate effectively on a global scale depends fundamentally on open information flows. When foreign governments block online information, when businesses are impeded for using the Internet to reach international markets, when secure corporate communications are not assured, the collateral damage is done to U.S. exports and U.S. jobs.

Most Recent Statements&Findings:

CCIA Supports House Resolution On Internet Freedom in Turkey

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association praised a bipartisan resolution introduced by House members yesterday asking Turkey to stop blocking its citizens’ access to social media sites like Twitter and YouTube. The measure by Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, D-Calif., ranking member of the Communications and Technology Subcommittee, and three key members of the Foreign…

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CCIA, CDT Encourage the European Parliament to Support Net Neutrality in Tomorrow’s Vote

Brussels – On 3rd April, the European Parliament will vote in Plenary on the ‘Telecoms Single Market Regulation’. We commend the work of the Parliamentary Committees that have issued opinions on the dossier. The Parliament has dealt with this wide-ranging and complex proposal effectively and efficiently. For tomorrow’s vote, a number of political groups have proposed amendments…

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CCIA Welcomes the UK Government’s Move to Reform Copyright

Brussels — Yesterday the UK Government introduced new exceptions to copyright law. The areas covered by new exceptions include private copying, quotation and parody, disability, public administration as well as research, education, libraries and archives including text and data mining for non-commercial research. This move is part of the outcome of the copyright review process…

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Updates on Copyright and Patent

There has been a lot of action around intellectual property lately.  Below is a list of recent and upcoming inquiries and events around copyright and patent, much of which CCIA is involved in: Copyright The House Judiciary IP subcommittee held a hearing on the notice and takedown provisions of the DMCA (titled “Section 512 of…

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