European Parliament Adopts Reda Copyright Report, Omits Amendments Harmful To Internet, Innovation

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Parliament has adopted the “Reda report” on copyright today. The plenary vote comes several weeks after the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs committee (JURI) adopted MEP Julia Reda’s report and rejected proposed amendments to protect press publishers in ways that would have put the EU out of sync with international copyright…

European Council Presidency Transfers To Luxembourg With Key Digital Economy Issues Looming

Brussels, Belgium — Luxembourg takes over the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union today (Wednesday) at a crucial moment. After a meeting with outgoing European Council President Martin Schulz earlier this week, the Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel told reporters priorities will include Europe’s economy,competitiveness, jobs and the single market. The Computer…

Industry Asks Senate To Pass Bill Extending Rights in Privacy Act To Europeans, Others

Washington — In a letter to Senate leaders Thursday, representatives of U.S. industry asked Senate leadership to support the Judicial Redress Act, S. 1600, which was introduced last week by Senators Hatch and Murphy. Microsoft and Google, along with the Computer & Communications Industry Association, BSA | The Software Alliance, and the Information Technology Industry…

CCIA Welcomes Appointment Of Roberto Viola As New Director-General

Brussels — The European Commission announced today that Roberto Viola will become the new Director-General of the European Commission’s Communications Networks, Content and Technology Directorate General on 1st September 2015. The Computer & Communications Industry Association looks forward to working with Director-General Viola in his important efforts to achieve a European Digital Single Market. The…

The Controversial Ancillary Copyright for Press Publishers Takes Two Big Hits

Brussels, BELGIUM – Today, news-publisher-backed legislative proposals often called “ancillary copyrights” took major blows in both Brussels and Austria. Also referred to as a ‘snippet levy’, these laws aim to make online services like search engines and news aggregators pay for the display of hyperlinks and short snippets (pieces of text). First, the European Parliament’s…