CCIA, Civil Rights Groups Object To Intelligence Provision Requiring Companies To Report Suspicious Activity To Law Enforcement

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association joined civil rights and free speech advocates in a letter expressing concern that broad language in a provision in the Senate version of the Intelligence Authorization Act of 2015.  The provision would require online communications services to report potential terrorist activity, and could subject many innocent people…

CCIA Awaiting Upcoming Email Privacy Act Markup

Washington — In the next couple of weeks, the House Judiciary Committee will likely markup the Email Privacy Act, the leading bill aimed at reforming the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA).  ECPA governs the circumstances under which online service providers may disclose the contents of communications or customer records to the government.  CCIA strongly supports…

The Future of an EU-Wide Ancillary Copyright for Press Publishers Remains Uncertain

Brussels, BELGIUM — Discussions around a possible ‘snippet levy’ or ‘news aggregation tax’ targeting online services like search engines and news aggregators have slowly but surely reached Brussels. In the last month alone we witnessed two considerable developments. First, the legal committee of the European Parliament decided the vote down an amendment to MEP Reda’s…

CCIA Files Copyright Amicus Briefs

Last week, CCIA filed two amicus briefs in copyright cases: Mavrix v. LiveJournal, a 9th Cir. case about the DMCA safe harbors, and Elsevier v. Sci-Hub, an S.D.N.Y. copyright case involving proposed preliminary injunctions against non-party intermediaries. CCIA’s brief in Mavrix v. LiveJournal, joined by the American Library Association, the Association of College and Research…