Goethe’s Ghost: A Few German Publishers Claim Online Services Have No Choice But to Show a Short Extract… And Pay For It

Can you infringe someone’s right by not infringing it? According to some German press publishers, this is precisely the case after Google’s announcement that it will no longer display snippets and thumbnails from content owned by publishers who are represented by VG Media, a collecting society. This follows the introduction of the Leistungsschutzrecht by the…

CCIA Joins Industry and Civil Society Groups In Joint Recommendations for the EU’s ITU Participation

Brussels – Since the Internet is such a critical platform for economic opportunity and social development, the EU should be a strong advocate for Internet governance that does not involve new governmental controls at the upcoming ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Busan in October. Industry groups including the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) issued a statement today…

Online Retailers Could Be Hobbled in Lame Duck

In July, we warned against the short-sighted folly of conflating the issues of the Internet access tax moratorium and online sales tax collection, characterizing the then newly introduced Marketplace and Internet Tax Fairness Act (S. 2609) as an exercise in legislative hostage taking. Unfortunately last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) expressed (in both…

FTC Speaks On Cybersecurity, How Data Security Policy Should Be Handled

Last week, as the keynote speaker at the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ event about the role of independent agencies in cybersecurity, FTC Commissioner Julie Brill discussed the FTC’s current efforts to enforce sound cyber and data security practices in the commercial sector, and the challenges the Commission faces as data-driven apps and technologies…

CCIA Files FCC Comments Noting Lack Of Competition, Need To Preserve Open Internet

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association filed comments with the FCC today that offer additional legal arguments in support of preserving Open Internet access and respond to other comments that misstate or ignore the power of local network bottlenecks in broadband Internet access.  In its filing in July, CCIA offered detailed recommendations on the best…