New EU Recommendation on Illegal Content Online Undermines Online Rights and Harms Europe’s Tech Economy

Brussels — The European Commission has published a Recommendation on measures to effectively tackle illegal content online today. The Recommendation was presented despite the Commission’s commitment to continue its dialogue with relevant stakeholders until at least May 2018 and without reference to any major incidents justifying such a hurry. While not legally binding, this Recommendation…

CCIA Cautions Congress About Altering Internet Liability Rules

Washington — As Congress works to reduce human trafficking, the House is making additional changes that are expected to ensnare legitimate tech companies, with no evidence this plan would actually help stop trafficking. An amended bill that may rescind critical intermediary protections for internet companies is expected to get a House vote early next week.…

Tech and Rights Groups urge European Commission to consult stakeholders on illegal content

Brussels – Today, ten organisations representing digital rights groups, startups, Internet and technology businesses are asking the European Commission to uphold its commitment to consult stakeholders before issuing recommendations on removing illegal content online. Despite the European Commission’s commitment to continue its dialogue with stakeholders on online infringing content until at least May 2018, it…

CCIA Asks USTR To Confront Discriminatory Copyright Regulations In Its Annual Trade Report

Washington – With Europe and other trading partners passing or considering regulations that violate US trade agreements and international copyright norms, the Computer & Communications Industry Association offered examples Thursday to USTR and asked trade officials to note and fight these trade barriers. CCIA told USTR that US tech companies are facing barriers from countries…

CCIA Sponsored Event: Content Moderation & Removal at Scale

CCIA invites you to join us for “Content Moderation & Removal at Scale”, a full-day conference we are co-sponsoring at Santa Clara University on Friday, February 2. The event will explore how Internet companies operationalize the moderation and removal of third party/user-generated content (UGC). UGC services routinely say that moderating and removing content is hard…

CCIA Sponsored Event: Content Moderation & Removal at Scale

CCIA invites you to join us for “Content Moderation & Removal at Scale”, a full-day conference we are co-sponsoring at Santa Clara University on Friday, February 2. The event will explore how Internet companies operationalize the moderation and removal of third party/user-generated content (UGC). UGC services routinely say that moderating and removing content is hard…

CCIA Appeals To ITC To Reject Qualcomm’s Request To Ban Apple iPhones

Washington —  Qualcomm is asking the International Trade Commission to block Apple devices from reaching the market, and the ITC is considering comments on how to handle this import ban request. Today the Computer & Communications Industry Association asked the ITC to reject Qualcomm’s request to ban the sale of Apple mobile devices that don’t…

CCIA Files PTO Amicus On Sovereign Immunity As A Shield From Patent Review

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association co-filed an amicus brief at the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) on Friday evening on the applicability of sovereign immunity to IPRs. This case will determine whether sovereign immunity can be used to shield a patent from inter partes review (IPR). By allowing the PTO to review its earlier decision to grant a patent, IPR…