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…

CCIA Disrupts Its Disruptive Competition (DisCo) Blog With A Redesign

Washington — The Disruptive Competition (DisCo) blog that covers disruptive innovation and the policies that enable it  launched its new blog design today. The Computer & Communications Industry Association started its DisCo blog more than five years ago before tech competition issues were news headlines. Since then, the technology policy experts have written published posts…

CCIA Disappointed Senate Passed Bill That Fails To Effectively Address Sex Trafficking

Washington — The Senate has passed legislation that would narrow critical “Section 230” protections for online companies working with law enforcement to combat human trafficking. Earlier versions of the bill, including one that House Judiciary leadership tried to advance, offered better solutions to patrol for sex trafficking online, while also supporting the efforts of legitimate…

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.…