All Three Branches of Government Considering Copyright Reforms

All three branches of government are currently contemplating copyright reform issues, with a particular focus on the DMCA’s notice and takedown provisions.  This safe harbor has been significant in encouraging investment and innovation in online platforms, and policymakers should take care not to disturb the balance contemplated by Congress in 1998. The Executive Branch’s involvement…

Chairwoman Ramirez Speaks at CCIA's Panel on PAEs and Anticompetitive Behavior

Yesterday, CCIA and The American Antitrust Institute (AAI) hosted an event titled “Competition Law & Patent Assertion Entities: What Antitrust Enforcers can do.”  The keynote speaker was FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, who began the event by highlighting problems with PAEs, and suggesting that the FTC might soon engage in a 6(b) study to determine the effects of…

Chairwoman Ramirez Speaks at CCIA’s Panel on PAEs and Anticompetitive Behavior

Yesterday, CCIA and The American Antitrust Institute (AAI) hosted an event titled “Competition Law & Patent Assertion Entities: What Antitrust Enforcers can do.”  The keynote speaker was FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez, who began the event by highlighting problems with PAEs, and suggesting that the FTC might soon engage in a 6(b) study to determine the effects of…

Copyright Ruling Today A Win For Aereo, Future Of Cloud Computing

An online service that allows monthly subscribers to record TV programs and watch them later on any Internet connected device won a key court victory today. The Court of Appeals for the Second upheld a lower court ruling that went against those arguing that Aereo’s service breaks copyright law. The Computer & Communications Industry Association…

Congress Introduces SHIELD To Protect Against Junk Patent Lawsuits

A House Democrat and Republican have introduced legislation to help protect innovators from patent trolls. The bill, dubbed the SHIELD Act (Saving High-Tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes Act), co-authored by Congressmen Peter DeFazio, D-Ore. and Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, would allow tech companies to recover litigation costs of lawsuits where the plaintiff’s legal claims had…