US District Court Resolves Viacom v. Youtube Case, Reaffirming DMCA

A trial court resolved outstanding issues in the long-running Viacom v. YouTube copyright case today, exonerating the online video service and dismissing the complaint.  The plaintiffs wanted YouTube penalized for infringement on its platform committed by users, notwithstanding that YouTube had removed content upon complaint — on one occasion, even taking down 100,000 videos overnight. After an appellate decision…

CCIA Welcomes Senate Immigration Reform Bill

The Computer & Communications Industry Association welcomes the introduction of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity & Immigration Modernization Act.  We commend Senators Schumer, McCain, Durbin, Graham, Menendez, Rubio, Bennet and Flake for their fortitude in taking up the difficult challenge of immigration reform and beginning the actual legislative process. The following statement can be attributed…

Copyright Ruling Today A Win For Aereo, Future Of Cloud Computing

An online service that allows monthly subscribers to record TV programs and watch them later on any Internet connected device won a key court victory today. The Court of Appeals for the Second upheld a lower court ruling that went against those arguing that Aereo’s service breaks copyright law. The Computer & Communications Industry Association…

CCIA Praises Introduction of GPS Act

Tech companies are welcoming legislation introduced today to update electronic privacy laws that were written before most people carried cell phones. The GPS Act introduced in both the House and Senate would fix a geolocation privacy loophole that curbs both civil liberties and the growth of this industry. The following comments on the GPS Act…