Digital Goods Provisions Added To Russia PNTR Bill

CCIA was pleased to learn senators added provisions to better protect digital goods ahead of the U.S. Senate Finance committee markup a bill today to permanently normalize trade relations (“PNTR”) with the Russian Federation and Moldova. CCIA issed a news release asking for better trade protections online after the Russian parliament’s vote to blacklist websites and allow them to be…

The U.S. is Proposing a Limitations and Exceptions Provision to the TPP

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is currently in the 13th round of negotiations.  The text has yet to be released publicly, although there have been some leaks.  However, an important piece of news was made public by the United States Trade Representative (USTR) on Tuesday, July 3, 2012.  The USTR Press Office website announced: “For the first time in any…

Trend Towards Copyright Reform For The Benefit Of Innovation Continues in Europe

As Europe debates the balance of intellectual property rights in the wake of ACTA, Ireland is taking comments through the end of this month on a paper it published on copyright and innovation. Despite the various pressures to increase copyright enforcement online without due regard for negative side-effects, it is very encouraging to see that…

Copyright RFI on Crowd Sourcing Mass Digitization of Pre-1978 Copyrighted Works

According to FBO.gov (short for FedBizOpps.gov, which in turn naturally stands for Federal Business Opportunities), the U.S. Copyright Office has issued a request for information about digitizing pre-1978 works. The RFI explains that the Copyright Office “has initiated a project to digitize and make available online the historical records of copyrights dating from 1870 to 1977” and…

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.…