EU Commission Publishes Communication on the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights

Brussels — The European Commission has published a Communication today, providing guidance on the enforcement of intellectual property rights online and offline across the European Union. With this Communication, the European Commission clarifies its views in a balanced manner on some provisions of the Directive 2004/48/EC on the enforcement of intellectual property rights (“IPRED”) interpreted…

CCIA Announces New Hires In Washington and Brussels Offices

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association is announcing new hires  in both its DC and Brussels Offices. Alexandre Roure starts Monday, November 27th in CCIA’s Brussels office, as Senior Manager, Public Policy, and Rachael Stelly recently joined CCIA’s Washington office as Policy Manager. Roure will be managing CCIA advocacy in Europe on data…

FCC Chairman Proposes Getting Rid Of Open Internet Rules

Washington — As Americans across the country prepare to bow their heads and give thanks, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai issued a proposal Wednesday that bows to the biggest Internet Service Providers. Pai’s proposed Report and Order eliminates the FCC’s net neutrality rules and gives the Federal Trade Commission the leftovers when Big ISPs start blocking,…

Pai To Serve Up Half-Baked Proposal Wednesday To Repeal Net Neutrality – Not Humble Pie

Washington — FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced Tuesday that he would release his proposal Wednesday to rescind rules that prevent Internet Service Providers from blocking, slowing down or speeding up traffic to certain websites. The internet has flourished under principles known as “net neutrality,” which have prevented discrimination and promoted entrepreneurship and smaller websites by…

CCIA Welcomes the Civil Liberties Committee’s Opinion on the Copyright Directive

Brussels, BELGIUM — In September 2016, the European Commission published its proposal for a Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (the “Copyright Proposal”). This proposal implements filtering systems for user-uploaded content and undermine the liability regime of Internet intermediaries, legal backbone of the European digital sector. This proposal has recently been condemned without…

EU Ministers Recognise Importance of Encryption to Ensure Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms

Brussels, BELGIUM — The General Affairs Council today adopted Conclusions calling for the strengthening of European cybersecurity across the EU.  Importantly, the Conclusions confirm “that strong and trusted encryption is highly important for properly ensuring human rights and fundamental freedoms in EU and for public trust in the Digital Single Market.”  However, they also note…

CCIA Comments On FCC’s Mid-Band Spectrum Inquiry

Washington — As the FCC expands its efforts to facilitate the most efficient and effective means of deploying broadband technologies, the Computer & Communications Industry Association filed comments today saying this mid-band spectrum is well suited to meet the demands for next generation wireless broadband. In its filing, CCIA said the FCC “should promote flexible…

Tech Asks USTR For Updated, Balanced Copyright In NAFTA

Washington — CCIA joined six other tech trade associations in a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer asking that they borrow copyright language from the TPP to include in NAFTA. The letter explained the need to find the “right balance in the area of copyright” among a broad range of stakeholders. The letter said the TPP was…

CCIA Files Comments To FEC On Online Ad Inquiry

Washington — In comments filed with the Federal Election Commission today, the Computer & Communications Industry Association said both the association and its members are committed to ensuring transparency for political ads on online platforms. The FEC had asked for comments by tonight on how its disclaimer requirements are applied to online communications  . CCIA’s…