Google News Is Shutting Down in Spain – A Bad Day For Citizens, Online Innovation and Publishers Themselves

Today we learnt that Google will shut down its ‘Google News’ service this year in Spain. This is just one consequence of the introduction in Spain of an ancillary copyright levy (known as the ‘AEDE levy’) affecting online services (apps and websites). In a nutshell, if an online service uses short snippets to link to…

The Sky Is Truly Rising For The Luxury Goods Market, Study Says

Brussels – The Computer & Communication Industry Association has released the fourth study in the “The Sky is Rising” series focusing on the Internet’s economic impact on the luxury goods sector. The study explains how Internet technologies support the growth of the luxury goods market allowing companies new forms of marketing, sales and consumer engagement.…

Digital Technologies Are The Biggest Opportunity For Cultural Industries And Creativity, Paper Says

Brussels – The Computer & Communication Industry Association, together with the European Digital Media Association, has released the paper “Technology is Culture” illustrating how the Internet and innovation act as enablers for creative industries. The paper explains how Internet technologies support the growth of creativity, cultural diversity and an unprecedented access to works. In tune…

The New Commission Must Make Online Sales Restrictions A Priority

Completing the digital single market to support Europe’s increasingly connected economy will be a top priority for the new Juncker-led Commission. While Commission officials embark upon formulating new policies aimed at invigorating the digital economy, increased attention should be paid to the very practical obstacles blocking a healthy online economy and harming small businesses and…

New EU Cyber Security Directive should focus on protection of truly critical infrastructure

The European Parliament’s vote from March 2014 correctly improved the scope of the Network and Information Directive by focusing on truly critical infrastructure such as the energy, banking, and transport sectors.  CCIA encourages the Council to maintain the same focus in their discussions.  We support the Council’s work and welcome the Italian Presidency’s goal of…