Two Upcoming House Judiciary Hearings on Copyright and Technology

The Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet of the House Judiciary Committee  has announced two upcoming hearings on copyright, to continue the “House Judiciary Committee’s ongoing review of U.S. copyright law.”  The first will be on Thursday, July 25, entitled “Innovation in America: The Role of Copyrights.”  The date of the second has not been…

Notice-and-Action Procedures Coming Up in Europe

After closing a public consultation in September 2012, the Commission’s services responsible for the internal market have just sent the first drafts for a Directive on notice-and-action (N&A) procedures and a non-binding Communication on best practises into inter-service consultation. During the inter-service consultation other Commission services have the opportunity to comment on the draft proposals…

CCIA Appreciates NAS Copyright Study

The National Academy of Sciences has released advanced copies of its long awaited study, “Copyright in the Digital Era: Building Evidence for Policy.” The study provides a roadmap of how copyright laws have changed as distribution of content moves online. The multi-year study began well before policy missteps like SOPA that would have given the entertainment…

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…

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…

Shifting Language Threatens WIPO Treaty on Visually Impaired

Throughout its 40-year history, CCIA has aligned itself with sensible IP and technology policy efforts and has also taken broader stands on things like human rights and free expression. Often, a case arises that commingles these interests. One such issue involves international copyright exceptions for those who are blind or have other reading disabilities. Delegates…