Internet Policy in the EU: An Outlook for 2015

The year 2015 promises to be a busy year for EU policymakers. The President of the new European Commission has made digital policy a priority. In EU-parlance, the aim is to create a fully integrated Digital Single Market which the Commission estimates could generate up to EUR 250 billion additional growth. However, what sounds like…

Victories for Balanced Copyright in Fox v. DISH and Rosen v. eBay

Washington — The technology industry continues to benefit from balanced copyright policies, which help support and incentivize new technology and disruptive business models.  Courts recently affirmed the legality of these policies in two new copyright opinions that addressed fair use and other limitations and exceptions to copyright: Fox v. DISH and Rosen v. eBay.  For…

Good for Sprint. Competition and Open Internet access For All.

Unlike certain legacy monopoly Internet service providers, both wired and wireless, Sprint has not opposed FCC open Internet access rules over the past year.   It understands that basic industry frameworks of nondiscrimination and universal interconnection are what make service innovation and competition possible even where government protected monopoly and duopoly once reigned. And so today…

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…