EU Court Opinion Sets Limits to Use of Upload Filters in New EU Copyright Rules

Brussels, BELGIUM  — The EU top court’s Advocate General, Henrik Saugmandsgaard Øe, today provided his opinion on the Polish government’s request to annul the controversial Article 17 in the new EU Copyright rules. Poland requested that the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) annul Article 17 due to infringement of the right to freedom…

New EU Distribution Rules Allow Discrimination Against Online Commerce

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission has published its draft revisions to distribution rules known as the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation and the Vertical Guidelines (“VBER”). The VBER covers so-called vertical agreements between suppliers and their retailers or distributors. The updated rules replace the current rules on June 1, 2022. Digital distribution models have been…

Industry Groups Urge Protection of Fundamental Principles and Rights in the Digital Services Act

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) today joined other industry organizations in a joint statement asking EU Member States to respect the fundamental principles of the e-Commerce Directive during the negotiations of the Digital Services Act (DSA)  The signatories support an ambitious DSA and its objectives to protect consumers and their…

CCIA Statement on Global Agreement on Tax Reform, Urges Immediate Removal of Digital Services Taxes

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development announced the details of an international tax reform plan negotiated and endorsed by representatives from 130 countries, as part of the OECD/G20 Inclusive Framework. Parties expect to finalise an implementation plan and discuss technical details by October 2021. The Computer & Communications Industry Association has…

CCIA Welcomes Review of EU Product Safety Rules

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Commission today published its General Product Safety Regulation proposal. This long-awaited initiative will update the existing Directive to respond to new challenges related to digital technologies and online sales, while ensuring coherence with other Commission initiatives, in particular with the proposal for a Digital Services Act and the newly proposed…

CCIA Welcomes Slovenia’s EU Presidency, Presents Recommendations

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association is offering recommendations for Europe’s digitising economy as Slovenia takes over the Presidency of the Council of the EU on 1 July. CCIA suggestions cover a variety of EU proposals, ranging from the Digital Markets Act, to the Data Act, and international data flows. The following…