CCIA Endorses International Effort Seeking Better Standards Setting

Geneva – A need for better efficiency in global standards has led five global organizations to launch an initiative supporting the modern paradigm for global open standards. With their initiative “Open-Stand.org,” groups including founders IEEE, Internet Architecture Board (IAB), Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), Internet Society and World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) have established a jointly developed set…

CCIA Praises WIPO Treaty On Access To Copyrighted Material For The Visually Impaired

World Intellectual Property Organization member states have agreed on treaty language that will mean millions of visually impaired people around the world can gain access to special-formatted books. The agreement after years of haggling over copyright issues came during a diplomatic conference in Morocco going on throughout the past two weeks. The Computer & Communications…

CCIA Highlights Report On Trade Implications of WCIT Proposals

Brussels, 28 – The Computer & Communications Industry Association welcomes today’s release of a report it commissioned that details how proposals at a diplomatic conference in Dubai next month on Internet control could violate existing international trade obligations. “Whither Global Rules for the Internet? The implications of the World Conference on International Telecommunication (WCIT) for…

ETNO’s Ideas of the Future of Telecoms the Modern Equivalent of “Beggar thy Neighbour” Trade Policies

CCIA was glad to see that the telecommunications regulators of Europe chose to reject the proposals of the European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association (ETNO) at their meeting in Istanbul yesterday. It was the right choice for Europe but it also demonstrates Europe’s commitment to looking for solutions for today’s issues today, rather than harking back…

How To Reboot WIPO

As CCIA Geneva Representative Nick Ashton-Hart writes in his IP Watch op ed this week, the entire intellectual property community knows there are problems with the World Intellectual Property Organization. “WIPO’s accountability, transparency, and governance are not fit for purpose in the 21st century,” he said. The piece goes on to offer brief details on six reforms…

The “Book Famine” Affecting Visually Impaired People Exposes Issues for Copyright Affecting Everyone

From July 16th to 25th, the world’s copyright decision-makers met, as they do twice each year, at the World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”) in Geneva. Are you sleeping yet? It sounds dull – and these meetings can be – but they may prove to be the key to ensuring that the worldwide copyright system’s legal…