CCIA, NetChoice Request Preliminary Injunction Against Unconstitutional Texas Social Media Law

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association and NetChoice have co-filed a motion for a preliminary injunction against Texas’s new law allowing people to sue social media companies for performing content moderation on anything from anti-American propaganda to fraud on their sites. The injunction is expected to keep the law from taking effect December 2nd while…

CCIA Applauds Introduction of Leahy-Cornyn Bill to Restore the America Invents Act

Washington – U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and John Cornyn (R-TX) have introduced the Restoring the America Invents Act, a bill which would update the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) and the inter partes review (IPR) procedure the PTAB administers. The bill would eliminate the Fintiv discretionary denial process created by former Director Iancu,…

CCIA Applauds Introduction of Bi-Partisan Bills To Increase Diversity And Transparency In The Patent System

Washington – U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the Ranking Member and Chair of the Senate Intellectual Property Subcommittee, and Thom Tillis (R-NC) have introduced two bipartisan bills that promote transparency and diversity in the U.S. patent system.  One bill would require recording at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office who owns a patent within 90…

Texas Legislators Approve Bill Making It Easier To Sue Companies For Policies Protecting Users Online

Washington — In a special session today, the Texas House passed a bill that would require companies to follow new guidance for enforcing content moderation policies.  Passage of the law comes after a federal judge ruled in favor of CCIA’s challenge to a similar Florida law, blocking it temporarily and noting the Florida law likely…

CCIA Files Brief Asking Court To Uphold Law On What Is Uncopyrightable

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association has filed an amicus brief today in the Federal Circuit supporting World Programming Limited (WPL) in a software copyright case brought by SAS Institute. WPL offers software that runs programs written by users in the SAS Language, ensuring that users are not locked into the SAS platform.…

EU Court Opinion Sets Limits to Use of Upload Filters in New EU Copyright Rules

Brussels, BELGIUM  — The EU top court’s Advocate General, Henrik Saugmandsgaard Øe, today provided his opinion on the Polish government’s request to annul the controversial Article 17 in the new EU Copyright rules. Poland requested that the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) annul Article 17 due to infringement of the right to freedom…

Former President Tests Federal Law, First Amendment With New Lawsuits

Washington — As Washington marks the six month anniversary of the attack on the Capitol, former President Trump announced he has filed lawsuits against companies who blocked him for violating policies against inciting violence. Today Trump announced class action lawsuits against Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and several company CEOs. The legal merits of such a lawsuit…