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CCIA Responds To Manager’s Amendment To Controversial Antitrust Bill

Washington – Sen. Amy Klobuchar reintroduced a slightly revised version of her controversial S. 2992 bill that had come under criticism for a range of issues from increasing costs on popular digital services to requiring U.S. firms to share data with foreign companies. The manager’s amendment unfortunately contains most of the same provisions. During the…

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Commission Publishes New IPR Strategy

The European Commission released a broad Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) strategy today, which defines outstanding initiatives in the areas of authors’ IPRs, trademarks, designs, and geographical indications. The preliminary Directive covering orphan works was introduced today. Other topics will be introduced in the second half of the year or next year. The Computer & Communications Industry Association…

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Upcoming Event: Media Briefing of Antitrust Experts on AT&T – T-Mobile Takeover

The proposed takeover of T-Mobile USA’s wireless communications business by AT&T raises serious competition policy issues that require careful analysis by the Federal Communications Commission and the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. The proposed transaction would reduce the number of national wireless carriers from four to three, and more importantly, create an…

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Upcoming Event: Media Briefing of Antitrust Experts on AT&T – T-Mobile Takeover

The proposed takeover of T-Mobile USA’s wireless communications business by AT&T raises serious competition policy issues that require careful analysis by the Federal Communications Commission and the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. The proposed transaction would reduce the number of national wireless carriers from four to three, and more importantly, create an…

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Leahy Introduces Online Privacy Legislation

Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy has introduced long awaited legislation to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act that sets the ground rules for law enforcement to gather electronic information on citizens. The existing ECPA law was written before the modern Internet had developed. We now rely more on computing, including cloud computing, and face complex issues…

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Senators Reintroduce Internet Censorship Bill Under New Name

Senators Leahy, Hatch and Grassley are reintroducing legislation, which will impose a mandate on additional industries to enforce copyright laws. Instead of COICA, the new acronym appears to sound less controversial – PROTECT IP. Like COICA, the new legislation would have the Attorney General serve court orders demanding credit card companies, ad networks and domain…

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