RapidShare Releases Responsible Piracy Practices

  Washington – Months after Internet users rose against copyright enforcement legislation that would have changed the Internet, more companies are voluntarily offering more assistance to reduce infringement. RapidShare presented its copyright enforcement measures during a panel discussion at the National Press Club Wednesday. CCIA’s Matt Schruers told those gathered that lost amid the debate over the…

Another Setback for ACTA in Europe

By Jakob Kucharczyk in Brussels and Matt Schruers in Washington In another blow to the troubled Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), the European Parliament’s rapporteur on the trade agreement, David Martin (UK, Socialists and Democrats Group) indicated in a public event on Thursday that he would recommend against the Agreement. In a blogpost today, MEP Martin also observed that, as…

IP Czar Releases Annual Copyright Enforcement Report

Victoria Espinel, the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC), recently released her annual report on intellectual property enforcement.  This post touches on just one part of the report—the Administration’s renewed endorsement of a need for legislation “to address offshore infringement and counterfeiting,” even after the massive outcry against SOPA, and without acknowledgement of the public’s voiced opposition and its impact.…

Progress After SOPA Possible

CCIA applauds the recent agreement we have helped broker between leading content creators, RIAA and MPAA and leading companies in the Internet, technology, and communications sectors in an effort to rewrite copyright law so as to avoid the type of future confrontations we all experienced in the recent battles over PIPA & SOPA. We especially…

Limitations and Exceptions in IP and Trade Agreements

The Internet is fundamental to this country’s economy, the media, security, education, and basic human rights, just to name a few.  The SOPA blackout on January 18, 2012 and its aftermath demonstrated participating websites’ commitment to balanced IP policy and the reliance of this country on these online resources.  Similarly, there has been growing backlash—particularly abroad—to international…

International Conference in The Hague: Towards Flexible Copyright?

On February 10, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice organized an international conference on copyright in The Hague. The conference provided Dutch decision makers with a good opportunity to share their views of future copyright policy with fellow EU Member States, academics, representatives of the entertainment and Internet industries, and other stakeholders. It was…