USTR Releases Notorious Markets Report

Washington —  The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative released its annual Notorious Markets Report identifying online and physical marketplaces that reportedly engage in and facilitate piracy and counterfeiting. USTR also released the 2020 Special 301 Report.  The Computer & Communications Industry Association is an international trade association which has members that enforce policies aimed…

CCIA Recommendations on Negotiating Priorities for U.S-Kenya Trade

Washington — Following USTR’s announcement in February that the United States would seek to negotiate a trade deal with Kenya, the Computer & Communications Industry Association filed comments today with USTR outlining trade priorities for digital services in an agreement.  The comments discuss the needs for an intellectual property chapter that ensures protections for online…

CCIA Asks Supreme Court To Review Constitutionality of ITC’s Actions In Patent Case Illustrating Expanded Use Of ITC Against US Companies

Washington — As the International Trade Commission has increasingly expanded its jurisdiction to include ruling on domestic patent issues, the Computer & Communications Industry Association filed an amicus brief Monday afternoon asking the Supreme Court to grant cert and review the misuse of the ITC by foreign entities against US companies. The Federal District court…

CCIA Applauds Free File Alliance, Congressional Leaders for Technology To Speed Up Stimulus Checks for Non-Tax Filers

Washington — The Internal Revenue Service and Free File Alliance have partnered to ensure that those who are not required to file federal income taxes can still quickly receive COVID-19 relief payments from the IRS.  House Ways & Means Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., and Ranking Member Kevin Brady, R-Texas, asked the commercial tax software industry…

USTR Releases Annual Report Identifying Digital Trade Barriers

Washington — The U.S. Trade Representative has issued its annual National Trade Estimates (NTE) report that noted the expanded use of digital trade barriers by trading partners. For the 2020 Report, USTR reiterated concerns with the rise in digital services taxes, restrictions on cross-border data flows and data localization requirements, Internet censorship, and online content-based…

CCIA Europe Offers Recommendations On How To Calculate European Audio Visual Works 

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) contributed to the European Commission’s consultation on new guidelines under the revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) today. A main issue to resolve is how to calculate the share of European works in the catalogues of video on demand (VOD) services. CCIA said the same…

CCIA Tech Industry Delegation Meets Incoming German EU Presidency, Shares Recommendations

Berlin, Germany — The Computer & Communications Industry Association is leading a delegation of tech companies to meet with German politicians and senior officials ahead of Germany taking over the Presidency of the Council of the EU on July 1. CCIA Europe will also present its EU tech policy recommendations published today.   Germany takes…

Tech Industry Raises Concerns with India’s Proposed Data Protection Bill

Washington — A group of 15 trade associations sent a letter to India policymakers this week expressing concerns with the proposed Personal Data Protection Bill.  In comments to the Parliamentary Committee last week, the Computer & Communications Industry outlined its specific concerns with the Bill and ways it departs from ongoing global discussion on data…