SOPA Hearing Demonstrates Need For More Expertise

The Stopping Online Piracy Hearing began Wednesday morning with six witnesses  — 5 supporting the bill to hold Internet companies and other intermediaries liable for copyright infringing material on their website. The many groups opposing the overly broad, convoluted approach to reduce online copyright infringement including CCIA, CEA, NetCoalition, venture capitalists, law professors, human rights…

Letter To House Chairmen Warns of Dangers of PROTECT IP Act

CCIA joined the Consumer Electronics Association and NetCoalition today in a letter to House Judiciary committee chairmen to caution them on the real danger to the Internet if they pass S. 968, the so-called PROTECT IP Act. The letter requests a meeting to discuss changes to the bill. While venture capitalists, law professors and Internet engineers have…

Clinton, ICANN Address Future Of Internet

President Clinton spoke last night at the 40th meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), currently convening in San Francisco. He urged the members of the international non-profit, which manages the domain name system to keep “stumbling forward” and to remain adaptable as it ages. He didn’t offer particular advice, however, on the…

House Communications Subcommittee Expected To Register Disapproval of FCC's Rules To Ensure Customers' Open Internet Access

Months after the FCC’s December vote to approve the Open Internet Order we’re still talking about net neutrality. Nonstop. The House Committee on Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology holds a hearing today on a resolution to express disapproval of the net neutrality rule and, at the hearing’s conclusion, immediately markup and vote…

House Communications Subcommittee Expected To Register Disapproval of FCC’s Rules To Ensure Customers’ Open Internet Access

Months after the FCC’s December vote to approve the Open Internet Order we’re still talking about net neutrality. Nonstop. The House Committee on Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology holds a hearing today on a resolution to express disapproval of the net neutrality rule and, at the hearing’s conclusion, immediately markup and vote…

Internet Freedom Begins at Home

In the wake of the government ordered shutdown of Internet access in Egypt recently, Washington policymakers are debating various scenarios involving “regulation of the Internet.” The consensus seems to be that government should not be able to act as a gatekeeper or shut off Internet access. In the U.S., dominant private companies also have the ability and…

International Conference in The Hague: Towards Flexible Copyright?

On February 10, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice organized an international conference on copyright in The Hague. The conference provided Dutch decision makers with a good opportunity to share their views of future copyright policy with fellow EU Member States, academics, representatives of the entertainment and Internet industries, and other stakeholders. It was…