Constitutional Challenge to the German ‘Snippet Law’

One year ago the German ancillary copyright for press publishers, the Leistungsschutzrecht, came into effect. With that law, Germany became something like a pioneer – the first country in the European Union attempting to rectify a perceived imbalance between digital news aggregators and news publishers via legislation. The logic behind the law is that news…

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Congressional Internet Caucus Panel Explores Challenges Of EU’s Right To Be Forgotten Ruling

Washington – Congressional staff heard the details at a panel discussion Friday of how Europe is now implementing its Right to be Forgotten rules.  The recent court ruling has generated controversy from various stakeholders because it requires search engines to delete links to information – though the information is still legally available at the original…

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Congressional Internet Caucus Panel Explores Challenges Of EU's Right To Be Forgotten Ruling

Washington – Congressional staff heard the details at a panel discussion Friday of how Europe is now implementing its Right to be Forgotten rules.  The recent court ruling has generated controversy from various stakeholders because it requires search engines to delete links to information – though the information is still legally available at the original…

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CCIA Files Comments on Big Data and Consumer Privacy in the Internet Economy

Washington – The Department of Commerce, through the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), recently sought public comment on how the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights could support the innovation of big data while at the same time responding to its risks. CCIA filed comments on Tuesday, aiming to balance the considerable benefits of innovative big data…

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House Committee Examines Growing Problem of ‘Copyright Trolls’

Washington – Lawmakers heard how the misuse of copyright laws is putting a damper on innovation at a hearing Thursday afternoon.  The House Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet asked experts including Matt Schruers, Vice President of Law and Policy at the Computer & Communications Industry Association, to recommend remedies. In his…

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Congress, Tech Industry Advocates Weigh Costs of Surveillance Programs

Members of Congress and tech industry advocates discussed the impact of surveillance programs on industry credibility at an Internet Caucus meeting Friday. One threat discussed at the program, “The NSA Surveillance Programs; Assessing the Damages to U.S. Commerce, Confidence and Credibility,” was other countries using the Snowden revelations as an excuse to limit opportunities of…

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