Improved ACTA Draft Released, Foreign Legal Threats To US Companies Remain

The latest draft of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement raises serious questions about – and potential flaws with – the possibility of including new subject matter in this agreement at the eleventh hour. It is troubling that, after negotiations have been concluded, there is still uncertainty about its scope. ACTA, which would expand international intellectual property…

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European Parliament Demands ACTA Draft After EC Says Language Nearly Final

Members of the European Parliament are angered the European Commission has announced agreement on final language for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement – without revealing what’s in the latest draft of the secret, controversial document. Several members released a joint statement demanding the EC release the text of the international agreement that would add new policing measures on…

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CCIA Praises House Chairman, Now Asking FCC For Net Neutrality Action

For many weeks, House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Waxman conducted an arduous and excruciating series of negotiations aimed at making peace among stakeholders in the net neutrality debate and trying to draft consensus telecommunications legislation.  It was an honorable and serious attempt, but it’s not surprising that fundamental differences among them could not be…

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Internet Heavweights, Consumer, Library, Tech Associations Raise 1st Amendment Concerns About Infringement Bill

Senate Judiciary Committee leaders and staff are getting an earful from a broad coalition of tech companies, consumers’ groups and Internet engineers about a newly introduced bill it hoped to markup this week that would give the DOJ a new tool to essentially shut down domains accused of copyright infringement. Tech companies and consumer, library and privacy…

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Senate Panel Considers ECPA Updates

Members of the Digital Due Process coalition told Senate Judiciary Committee members they need an update to Electronic Communications Privacy Act to support the growth of new technologies, like cloud computing. CCIA filed a statement for the hearing Wednesday. Senator Leahy closed out the Senate hearing by indicating that staff would be working on this issue even…

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