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Copyright Office Releases “Copyright Protections for Press Publishers” Report

Washington – The Copyright Office released its report “Copyright Protections for Press Publishers” today. The report, at the request of Congress, evaluated the copyright protections for press publishers under existing law and recommended against adding European-style ancillary copyright rules. According to a statement from the Copyright Office on the report, “After carefully evaluating the information…

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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…

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White House Offers Draft Legislative Privacy Proposal

Washington — The White House has released a comprehensive consumer privacy legislative proposal today.  The discussion draft, originally announced in the President’s State of the Union address last month, is based on the Administration’s 2012 Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights. The goal is to require baseline privacy protections for consumers across industries and to allow…

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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…

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House, Senate Hold Open Internet Hearings

Washington — Open Internet supporters told House Energy and Commerce Committee members today they are concerned that draft legislation would block the FCC’s ability to protect consumers’ access to an open Internet. Congress long ago created the FCC as an expert agency to protect all Americans’ access to communications by wire and radio — regardless…

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