Congress Introduces Fast-Track Trade Promotion Authority Legislation

Washington — The House and Senate have introduced bipartisan legislation to give the President “fast-track” trade promotion authority (TPA). The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 purports to emphasize the importance of the growing digital economy and does include better protection for the flow of data across borders, but it lacks balanced…

EU Competition Commissioner Issues Statement of Objections to Google

Brussels – Today, European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager announced that the European Commission has issued a statement of objections in the Google competition investigation.  The Commission’s preliminary case focuses on the functioning of Google’s shopping results. Furthermore, Ms. Vestager also announced the opening of a separate official investigation of Google’s Android operating system. The announcement…

Tech Trade Associations Ask Congress For Updated Trade Promotion Authority

Washington – CCIA signed onto a multi-association letter encouraging Congress to pass updated Trade Promotion Authority legislation that provides guidance to our trade negotiators on how to align U.S. trade priorities with the realities of the 21st century global commerce. The following statement can be attributed to Ed Black, President and CEO of CCIA: “Twenty-first…

CCIA Responds To Copyright Office’s Music Licensing Report: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Washington — The Copyright Office has issued a report on music licensing today, taking a commendable position on the need for transparency in the extremely complicated music marketplace, but also recommending the repeal of statutory provisions that have enabled the modern digital music revolution. The Computer & Communications Industry Association filed comments with the Copyright…