Court of Justice of the EU Delivers Judgment In Coty Germany Case on Online Marketplace Bans

Brussels, BELGIUM —  The Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) delivered its judgment in the Coty Germany case (Case C-230/16). The case deals with contractual provisions a producer of luxury cosmetics imposed on his authorized retailer, prohibiting the latter the sale of products on open online marketplaces. The key question in this case is…

CCIA Announces New Hires In Washington and Brussels Offices

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association is announcing new hires  in both its DC and Brussels Offices. Alexandre Roure starts Monday, November 27th in CCIA’s Brussels office, as Senior Manager, Public Policy, and Rachael Stelly recently joined CCIA’s Washington office as Policy Manager. Roure will be managing CCIA advocacy in Europe on data…

Tech Asks USTR For Updated, Balanced Copyright In NAFTA

Washington — CCIA joined six other tech trade associations in a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer asking that they borrow copyright language from the TPP to include in NAFTA. The letter explained the need to find the “right balance in the area of copyright” among a broad range of stakeholders. The letter said the TPP was…

CCIA Offers Trade Officials Examples Of Scope of Digital Trade Barriers

Washington — As the US takes more steps to monitor the fastest growing export, trade in services, the Computer & Communications Industry Association offered USTR examples of digital trade barriers faced by tech companies in comments filed Wednesday evening. CCIA also provided recommendations for upcoming NAFTA negotiations. “Six key barriers to digital trade include data…

Tech Associations Offer Recommendations Ahead of G-7 Digital Ministers Meeting

Brussels, BELGIUM — In advance of the G-7 ICT ministerial meeting on September 26-27 in Turin, Italy, technology and communications industry groups issued a joint statement  recommending policies on issues like privacy, security and data flows that would also boost innovation and jobs. The G-7 is an opportunity for economically successful, democratic countries to encourage…

State Department’s Rob Strayer Begins Work Leading International Engagement On Internet, Digital Economy Issues

Washington — A new Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Cyber and International Communications and Information Policy began work this week at the State Department. Rob Strayer will help advocate for sound technology policy and for the growth of the digital economy with several international governing organizations. Strayer comes from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee…

WTO Public Forum: Enabling Human Rights and Inclusiveness through Digital Trade

New technologies create novel opportunities for social inclusion and economic growth around the globe yet online freedoms appear to be deteriorating. When does suppression of online rights become a trade barrier? How can digital trade rules better enable human rights, inclusiveness & economic development? Tuesday, 27 September 2016, 13-14:30, Room D, WTO, Geneva The session will…

House Judiciary Subcommittee Examines Data Flow Policies, Other Digital Trade Barriers

Washington — House Judiciary IP & Internet subcommittee chairman Darrell Issa opened Tuesday’s hearing titled “International Data Flows: Promoting Digital Trade in the 21st Century” by saying policies blocking data flows could lead countries to other unfair trade practices like demanding source code or trade secrets.  He said restricting Internet data from flowing across national…