CCIA Files Comments Ahead Of FTC Hearings

Washington –The Federal Trade Commission has asked for public comments on a variety of competition and consumer protection-related issues. The topics range from antitrust enforcement in the digital age to big data and privacy to how intellectual property can promote innovation. The request for information proceeds a series of hearings the Commission plans this fall,…

European Parliament Rejects Copyright Mandate

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Members of the European Parliament today voted to reject the introduction of a press publishers’ right in Europe (the so-called “link tax”) and of content filtering mechanisms across a broad range of online services. Negotiations within the Parliament will now continue. The Computer & Communications Industry Association, along with hundreds of…

CCIA Welcomes Music Modernization Act Markup In Senate

Washington — The Senate Judiciary Committee plans to mark up the Music Modernization Act Thursday. The bill would update the licensing of music rights for the digital age. Senators are also considering provisions to ensure Congressional oversight if the Justice Department terminates long-standing consent decrees that aim to keep anti-competitive practices in the music sector…

European Parliament Committee Vote on Copyright Ignores Warnings From Academics, Civil Rights Groups and Online Sector

Brussels — The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament today adopted its report on the copyright proposal. MEPs adopted upload filters for online platforms and narrowly voted to introduce a publishers’ right, the so-called “link tax”.  The report is expected to be up for discussion at the European Parliament plenary session, likely in early…

European Commission Publishes Assessment on Takedown of Illegal Content

Brussels — The European Commission published today it’s “Progress Report towards an effective and genuine Security Union”. This report includes the first reporting following the publication in March of the Recommendation on measures to effectively tackle illegal content online. The Computer & Communications Industry Association shares the Commission’s goal of fighting illegal content online and…

CCIA Joins Copyright Day of Action

Today CCIA Europe joins internet users, digital rights groups, scientific and research institutions, publishers and technology businesses for a Copyright Day of Action. Unfortunately, European Member States have adopted in May a very disappointing position on Copyright reform, impacting the freedom of expression and access to information of Internet users as well as many businesses…

In Whitepaper For DOJ, CCIA, Associations Outline Competition Issues For Standard Essential Patents, Importance Of Preventing Abuse

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association and five other trade associations submitted a white paper to the Department of Justice Wednesday in response to recent comments on antitrust law and standard setting. The goal was to offer Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust Makan Delrahim and other DOJ staffers our insight and experiences confirming…

EU Countries’ Adopted Position on Copyright Will Hurt Internet Users and Digital Sector

Brussels — European Member States agreed today on a mandate to negotiate with the European Parliament on the proposed Directive for copyright in the digital single market. The adopted text will cause irreparable damages to Europe’s fundamental rights, economy, competitiveness, education, research, innovation and creativity. Despite overwhelming evidence that the creation of a neighbouring right…

Universities, Journalists, Digital Rights Groups and Tech Sector Warn of Disastrous Consequences of Copyright Directive, Ask EU Member States to Continue Technical Discussions

Brussels, BELGIUM — More than 145 universities, libraries, human rights, media freedom, technology businesses and digital rights groups sent an open letter Thursday. The letter asked EU Member States not to grant a mandate to the Bulgarian Council Presidency to negotiate with the Parliament on the copyright reform before addressing the damages that proposal would…