Government Support for Fighting Patent Trolls Grows

Lawmakers have been speaking out about the patent troll epidemic in recent weeks and now it looks like they’re ready to do something about it. Yesterday Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced that he is introducing a bill to expand the covered business methods program established by the 2011 America Invents Act, so that broad, abstract patents can…

Online Privacy, Security Action This Week

For those who don’t keep as close an eye on privacy, the past week has seen a flurry of activity on a number of privacy related fronts from the US Congress. Topics have included cybersecurity, government surveillance, and the Do Not Track process. Most of these conversation are obviously still ongoing, but a summary after…

CCIA Warns Congress About Internet Governance Bill

CCIA wrote to members of Congress today as they prepare to mark up a new Internet Freedom bill. In the letter to leaders of the Energy and Commerce Committee and its Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, CCIA warned that legislation, designed to reinforce U.S. support for a global open Internet free of international regulation, is not only…

H-1B Increase Can’t Wait ‘Til Next Year

The beginning of April brings with it two Opening Days: baseball season and H-1B season.  Opening Day for baseball is a time when fans of every team can look forward to a season throughout which their team can do battle with the players they have assembled in order to have the best chance at success. …

Copyright Ruling Today A Win For Aereo, Future Of Cloud Computing

An online service that allows monthly subscribers to record TV programs and watch them later on any Internet connected device won a key court victory today. The Court of Appeals for the Second upheld a lower court ruling that went against those arguing that Aereo’s service breaks copyright law. The Computer & Communications Industry Association…

Problems with Marketplace Fairness Act Still Need to be Addressed

Last Friday, during the Vote-O-Rama on the Senate’s FY 2014 Budget Resolution, the Senate voted to approve an amendment offered by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) regarding the online sales tax issue. Sen. Durbin announced “75 U.S. Senators showed their support for the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013,” and characterized the amendment as “an amendment summarizing the bill.” Many…