European Commission Presents E-Commerce Action Plan

On 11 January 2012 the Commission presented its Communication on e-commerce. The Communication sets out an action plan to double online sales and the share of the Internet economy in EU GDP by 2015. To this end, the Communication aims to address the still fragmented nature of Europe’s digital market and highlights five policy priorities: Develop…

SOPA Markup This Thursday: What You Can Do Now To Save the Internet

What’s at stake and why should I care? Rebecca MacKinnon’s recent editorial in the New York Times says it well: “Compliance with the Stop Online Piracy Act would require huge overhead spending by Internet companies for staff and technologies dedicated to monitoring users and censoring any infringing material from being posted or transmitted. This in turn would…

Growing Opposition Renders SOPA DOA

Days after an unbalanced Congressional hearing on a bill to crackdown on online copyright infringement, a government cybersecurity expert has written to Congress warning H.R. 3261 would “negatively impact” cybersecurity — and not be effective at the stated goal of reducing piracy. So far House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith has not responded to news media inquiries about…

SOPA Hearing Demonstrates Need For More Expertise

The Stopping Online Piracy Hearing began Wednesday morning with six witnesses  — 5 supporting the bill to hold Internet companies and other intermediaries liable for copyright infringing material on their website. The many groups opposing the overly broad, convoluted approach to reduce online copyright infringement including CCIA, CEA, NetCoalition, venture capitalists, law professors, human rights…