CCIA Files Comments on ASCAP, BMI Consent Decrees

Washington – As the Department of Justice Antitrust Division reviews the consent decrees governing music licensing, the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) filed comments Wednesday. CCIA asked DOJ to uphold, update and expand the consent decrees covering the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). CCIA weighed in…

CCIA Announces New Additions To Policy Team

Washington/Brussels – CCIA is pleased to welcome Christian Borggreen to its Brussels office and Bijan Madhani to its Washington office.   “The Internet economy and innovation face challenges from keeping the Internet open and nondiscriminatory to the misuse of intellectual property rules to try block newcomers from the marketplace. Countries around the world will benefit…

Study By MIT Professor Maps How Patent Trolls Reduce Venture Capital Investment, Provides Empirical Support For Strong Litigation Reforms

Washington – Each side in the legislative fight over patent reform has always treated equally the debate between protecting patented intellectual property and reining in abusive patent troll litigation. But a study by MIT Professor Catherine Tucker has actually quantified the tipping point at which the patent system falls out of balance in favor of abusive patent…

CCIA Analyzes Comcast Antitrust/Competition Issues In Response To Senator Franken’s Request

Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association sent a letter to Senator Al Franken, (D-Minn.) today in response to his questions asking about antitrust issues arising from the proposed Comcast/Time Warner merger. There has been concern for both consumers and the overall economy about exacerbating a number of competitive issues in the Internet access, TV distribution,…