Supreme Court Rules On Video Games Law

Today the Supreme Court handed down its long-awaited decision in Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association, invalidating a California law which purported to restrict the sale of violent video games to minors.  Seven members of the Court voted to strike down the law. Justice Scalia wrote the opinion for the majority. Since many video games are…

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FTC Launches Antitrust Investigation Of Google

The announcement that the FTC is seeking additional information from Google confirms various news reports that it is initiating an antitrust investigation. The Computer & Communications Industry Association has been the leading technology industry advocate for strong yet balanced competition policy since its founding nearly 40 years ago. Historic antitrust rulings against IBM and AT&T…

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CCIA Applauds Geolocation Legislation

Senator Wyden and Representatives Chaffetz and Goodlatte are introducing legislation Wednesday that would set some ground rules for when companies would be required to turn over both real time and previous data on a customer’s location. The bill means the government would need a warrant to get access to geolocation information for criminal investigations. The…

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Supreme Court Gold Plates Low-Quality Patents

Today the Supreme Court upheld the Federal Circuit’s protective view of low-quality patents in Microsoft v. i4i.  Despite the limited review at the Patent and Trademark Office, the Court affirmed that once granted, a patent can only be invalidated by “clear and convincing evidence,” a strong presumption of validity that is especially helpful for marginal…

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CCIA Endorses Two International Reports, Recommendations on Internet Freedom

Several human rights associations, the Organization of American States and a UN Committee have released two landmark documents on protecting free expression and the free flow of information on the Internet. The Computer & Communications Industry Association strongly endorses both documents and urges UN member states and the world’s governments to implement their provisions in…

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FCC Receives Thousands of Petitions To Deny AT&T Takeover of T-Mobile

FCC officials are now wading through thousands of petitions to deny AT&T’s FCC Application to takeover T-Mobile. Unlike DOJ, complaints to the FCC are public, so it takes some bravery for companies that must do business with AT&T to complain. Iowa Wireless, a subsidiary of T-Mobile, is getting some attention for filing a petition asking the FCC…

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FCC Receives Thousands of Petitions To Deny AT&T Takeover of T-Mobile

FCC officials are now wading through thousands of petitions to deny AT&T’s FCC Application to takeover T-Mobile. Unlike DOJ, complaints to the FCC are public, so it takes some bravery for companies that must do business with AT&T to complain. Iowa Wireless, a subsidiary of T-Mobile, is getting some attention for filing a petition asking the FCC…

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