France’s 3 Strikes “Hadopi” to be Abolished; U.S. Preparing Copyright Alert System

Certain industries who prioritize controlling their content expend considerable amounts of time and money on lobbying for legislation, such as SOPA and PIPA.  However, the RIAA, one of the most vocal supporters, allegedly conceded in a recently leaked report that the SOPA/PIPA “legislation [was] not likely to have been effective tool for music.”  So not only is there uncertainty as…

Congress Offers SHIELD Against Junk Patent Lawsuits

Two members of Congress have introduced legislation to help innovators combat patent trolls. The bill, dubbed the SHIELD Act (Saving High-Tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes Act) or HR 6245, co-authored by Congressmen Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., and Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, would allow tech companies to recover litigation costs for nuisance lawsuits where the plaintiff made…

The “Book Famine” Affecting Visually Impaired People Exposes Issues for Copyright Affecting Everyone

From July 16th to 25th, the world’s copyright decision-makers met, as they do twice each year, at the World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”) in Geneva. Are you sleeping yet? It sounds dull – and these meetings can be – but they may prove to be the key to ensuring that the worldwide copyright system’s legal…

Facial Recognition and the Panopticon

Last week the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law held the first of what will probably be many hearings on the privacy implications of facial recognition software. Much of the conversation somewhat predictably focused on how companies are making use of this new technology, and we agree that care should be…

House Holds Hearing On Online Sales Tax Legislation

The Computer & Communications Industry Association continues to oppose H.R. 3179, the Marketplace Equity Act, on which the House Judiciary Committee will be holding a hearing July 24.  The bill would allow states that have fulfilled certain simplification requirements to require out-of-state retailers to collect sales and use taxes on purchases made to residents of…

Digital Goods Provisions Added To Russia PNTR Bill

CCIA was pleased to learn senators added provisions to better protect digital goods ahead of the U.S. Senate Finance committee markup a bill today to permanently normalize trade relations (“PNTR”) with the Russian Federation and Moldova. CCIA issed a news release asking for better trade protections online after the Russian parliament’s vote to blacklist websites and allow them to be…

CCIA Files Letters With FCC, DOJ On Verizon Cable Deal

Yesterday CCIA filed a letter requesting the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice “fully consider the potential effects of the extensive Commercial Agreements that accompany the proposed spectrum transactions” between Verizon Wireless and the nation’s largest cable companies. CCIA’s letter follows letters from the Independent Telephone and Telecommunications Alliance (ITTA), Frontier Communications, and Windstream Communications…