CCIA Weighs in on Ticketmaster-Live Nation Merger

The proposed Ticketmaster Live Nation merger should not be approved without conditions to protect competition in the primary and secondary markets for live event ticketing, Computer & Communications Industry Association President & CEO Ed Black said in a letter to Assistant Attorney General Christine Varney yesterday. Contrasting the highly competitive markets of e-commerce with the highly consolidated…

CCIA Launches IP Policy Blog

The Computer & Communications Industry Association is launching its new intellectual property blog today to serve as a forum for tech policy discussions. With the Obama appointees now in place and Congress looking for ways to help the economy grow, CCIA is optimistic about seeing patent reform this year. “As we talk about developing an innovation agenda…

CCIA Applauds IRS Return Preparer Review

The oversight initiatives contained in the IRS Return Preparer Review are helpful for taxpayers — and those who care about accurate tax returns. The Computer & Communications Industry Association has a history of working with the IRS to protect consumer/taxpayer interests, and today expressed support for the recommendations, which are intended to increase oversight of…

Howard Schmidt Appointed Cybersecurity Chief

The Computer & Communications Industry Association is issuing the following statement in response to President Obama’s appointment of Howard Schmidt to serve as the nation’s cybersecurity chief. The following statement can be attributed to CCIA spokeswoman Heather Greenfield: “With momentum building on Capitol Hill to move cybersecurity legislation, this appointment comes at a critical time…

CCIA and CEA Continue To Call For Balance Between Innovation and Intellectual Property Protection

Executives of content-producing companies and government officials, including Vice President Joseph Biden, met today in Washington, D.C., to discuss ongoing efforts to combat commercial content piracy. The following statements can be attributed to Gary Shapiro, President and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) ® and Ed Black, President and CEO of the Computer & Communications Industry…

CCIA Praises WIPO Copyright Developments, Expresses Concern About Secret ACTA Negotiations

Brussels — On the occasion of the 19th session of the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) in Geneva, the Computer & Communications Industry Association applauds the parties’ commitment to developing international intellectual property norms in an open and transparent manner. CCIA specifically commends the U.S. Government’s statement…