FCC Approves Verizon Collaboration with Cable Companies

The Federal Communications Commission released its Order on Thursday approving the myriad of agreements between Verizon and its largest cable competitors.  The Order follows last week’s approval with revisions mandated by the Justice Department. While the Computer & Communications Industry Association appreciates the time and effort the FCC took to carefully consider these unprecedented agreements, the…

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Notice-and-Takedown Measures in Evolution

Notice-and-takedown (NTD) procedures and practices just recently caught renewed attention as a result of two events involving Google and its subsidiary YouTube. First, a video of Curiosity’s Mars landing, posted by NASA, disappeared from YouTube due to a wrongful copyright claim. The takedown was a result of certain imperfections in YouTube’s Content ID system that…

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CCIA Files Administration IP Policy Comments

CCIA joined NetCoalition in filing comments at the request of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator today. CCIA asked that the Administration’s IP be aligned to better reflect our diplomatic and trade goals, though it praised the USTR for its attempts so far to better balance copyright in the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership. CCIA said that there has been…

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France’s 3 Strikes “Hadopi” to be Abolished; U.S. Preparing Copyright Alert System

Certain industries who prioritize controlling their content expend considerable amounts of time and money on lobbying for legislation, such as SOPA and PIPA.  However, the RIAA, one of the most vocal supporters, allegedly conceded in a recently leaked report that the SOPA/PIPA “legislation [was] not likely to have been effective tool for music.”  So not only is there uncertainty as…

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Online Tax Collection Mandate Won’t Produce Fairness

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a hearing on “Marketplace Fairness: Leveling the Playing Field for Small Business” this month.  Unfortunately, the substance of the hearing had very little to do with the laudable title, as it dealt with the Marketplace Fairness Act, which would shift the burden of tax collecting requirements to online retailers…

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SHIELD Act Against Patent Trolls Introduced In House

Two members of Congress have introduced legislation to help innovators combat patent trolls.  HR 6245 co-authored by Congressmen Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., and Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, would allow tech companies to recover litigation costs for nuisance lawsuits where the plaintiff made legal claims that had little chance of succeeding. The legislation comes just after a Boston…

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Congress Offers SHIELD Against Junk Patent Lawsuits

Two members of Congress have introduced legislation to help innovators combat patent trolls. The bill, dubbed the SHIELD Act (Saving High-Tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes Act) or HR 6245, co-authored by Congressmen Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., and Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, would allow tech companies to recover litigation costs for nuisance lawsuits where the plaintiff made…

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