Patent Troll Week in DC, NYC

The toll of patent trolls is a focus this week with the PTO hosting a software patent roundtable in New York and CCIA hosting a panel discussion on patent trolls on Capitol Hill Thursday. Earlier this month, President Obama held a Google+ hangout in which he was asked about limiting the abuse of software patents…

What’s So Fair About the Marketplace Fairness Act?

On February 14, another version of the Marketplace Fairness Act was introduced in the House and Senate. Like its previous incarnations in past Congresses, this bill would give states the authority to require out-of-state online retailers to collect sales and use taxes on purchases made to residents of their states — regardless of physical presence…

Spectrum Auctions and “the Free Market”

As the FCC develops ground rules for Incentive Auctions, in which spectrum relinquished voluntarily by TV broadcasters will “go on the market” and be auctioned, the two prospective bidders already holding the largest amount of spectrum, including what’s considered the “best” spectrum below 1 GHz, naturally argue for a “free market” approach with no restrictions…

CCIA Filed Comments with the Copyright Office on Orphan Works

CCIA filed comments with the Copyright Office Feb. 4th in response to their notice of inquiry on orphan works.  These comments identify statutory damages reform as a possible vehicle for mitigating the orphan works problem, pointing to recommendations made in the Association’s  2012 comments to the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator. As explained in the brief filing,  the three main sources…

Prospects of ECPA Reform

This past Monday was Data Privacy Day and to mark the occasion CCIA CEO Ed Black posted a piece to Huffington Post on the need for reform of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which currently allows government access to email and other content stored with third parties online without the judicial protection of a warrant. That piece…

Online Sales Tax Collection and Physical Presence

Last year, CCIA consistently opposed efforts to pass legislation that would force online retailers to collect sales and use taxes regardless of physical presence.  Last month, we opposed an attempt in the lame duck session to attach such a bill to the defense authorization bill.  In light of such back door efforts, as well as…