The German Proposal on a New Leistungsschutzrecht – Endangering Press Diversity and the Digital Economy

Shortly before the next elections in Germany which will take place exactly a year from now, the German government set into motion the adoption of a new copyright law that, if it passed parliament, would be unique in the world. Unique, however, in every negative sense of the word. In essence, the German government would…

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Upcoming Event: “Can Trade Agreements Facilitate the Free Flow of Information?: The Trans-Pacific Partnership as a Case Study”

The TPP, billed as the first 21st century trade agreement, is particularly important to advocates of an open Internet. The U.S. wants its TPP partners to accept language designed to protect IP, encourage regulatory transparency, and to ensure open access to digital goods and services. Meanwhile, other governments have proposed a radical revision to Internet governance. Russia,…

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How To Reboot WIPO

As CCIA Geneva Representative Nick Ashton-Hart writes in his IP Watch op ed this week, the entire intellectual property community knows there are problems with the World Intellectual Property Organization. “WIPO’s accountability, transparency, and governance are not fit for purpose in the 21st century,” he said. The piece goes on to offer brief details on six reforms…

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Open Internet Rights in America Being Tested in Court

Earlier this week, the FCC filed a Court brief in defense of its open Internet rule that has been challenged by Verizon and one small wireless carrier, Metro PCS.   Verizon claims to support the Internet remaining “an unrestricted and open platform, where people can access the lawful content, services and applications of their choice.”   It simply objects to an…

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Making Noises In Europe

Brussels is a town full of diplomats, civil servants, lobbyists….and a few politicians. We know that most diplomats are very discreet and that politicians are, well, noisy. But what about trade associations? In my experience most associations here dilute their work because of a reluctance to speak ‘loud and clear’ on the issues of the…

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