European Parliament Adopts Reda Copyright Report, Omits Amendments Harmful To Internet, Innovation

Brussels, BELGIUM — The European Parliament has adopted the “Reda report” on copyright today. The plenary vote comes several weeks after the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs committee (JURI) adopted MEP Julia Reda’s report and rejected proposed amendments to protect press publishers in ways that would have put the EU out of sync with international copyright…

The Controversial Ancillary Copyright for Press Publishers Takes Two Big Hits

Brussels, BELGIUM – Today, news-publisher-backed legislative proposals often called “ancillary copyrights” took major blows in both Brussels and Austria. Also referred to as a ‘snippet levy’, these laws aim to make online services like search engines and news aggregators pay for the display of hyperlinks and short snippets (pieces of text). First, the European Parliament’s…

CCIA Disappointed That Obama Administration Recommended Against Hearing Important Copyright Case

Washington — The Justice Department, in a filing with the Supreme Court, has counseled against the Court hearing an important copyright case that could have sweeping implications for the technology industry.   In January, the Supreme Court invited the Obama Administration’s views on whether it should hear the case, appealed by Google in 2014, which focuses…

Europe Faces Tough Digital Single Market Choices

Brussels – When the European Commission announces its new Digital Single Market Strategy on 6th May, it faces a decisive choice between a forward-looking enabling strategy for the Internet or an insular and constraining one. The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA Europe) looks forward to the strategy. In communications ahead of its release, Europe’s…

Industry Coalition in Support of MEP Reda’s Report on Copyright

CCIA together with four other industry trade associations issued an open statement Thursday on MEP Julia Reda’s draft report on the implementation of the Copyright Directive. Reda’s draft report is a good first step towards putting the debate around copyright reform on the right track. The report identifies some major shortcomings of Europe’s current copyright framework…

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…

Internet Policy in the EU: An Outlook for 2015

The year 2015 promises to be a busy year for EU policymakers. The President of the new European Commission has made digital policy a priority. In EU-parlance, the aim is to create a fully integrated Digital Single Market which the Commission estimates could generate up to EUR 250 billion additional growth. However, what sounds like…