How open is open?

In December, the long awaited version 2.0 of the European Interoperability Framework (EIF) was released by the European Commission. Version 1.0 had defined “open standard” as royalty-free, a definition of enormous impact on standards policy because it focused on the user perspective rather than the perspective of standards development organizations. Some standards organizations claim that…

Online Censorship Bill Now On Hold

A bill that would have led to more Internet censorship is on ice — thanks to a hold placed on it by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. The Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA), S.3804, will no longer have the smooth ride this session the content industries wanted.  Although the bill passed the Senate Judiciary last week…

CCIA Files Comments With French Government's P2P Infringement Agency

On Friday the Computer & Communications Industry Association’s Executive Vice President Erika Mann wrote the French copyright enforcement authority, HADOPI, expressing concern about the unintended consequences of a software specification related to the country’s so-called “3 Strikes” law. HADOPI has asked stakeholders to comment by Oct. 30 on proposed technical characteristics of software that users could be…

CCIA Files Comments With French Government’s P2P Infringement Agency

On Friday the Computer & Communications Industry Association’s Executive Vice President Erika Mann wrote the French copyright enforcement authority, HADOPI, expressing concern about the unintended consequences of a software specification related to the country’s so-called “3 Strikes” law. HADOPI has asked stakeholders to comment by Oct. 30 on proposed technical characteristics of software that users could be…

Upcoming Event: WITA To Host ACTA Panel Discussion

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement may have been negotiated behind closed doors, but the Washington International Trade Association is hosting an open discussion on the final draft of the controversial agreement.Computer & Communications Industry Association President & CEO Ed Black will be a panelist at the event Friday morning at the Reagan Building.While there have been…

New Product, Same Old Turf Wars

The nation’s leading broadcasters are blocking TV episodes on their websites from playing on Google’s new web television service. The Wall Street Journal reports ABC, NBC and CBS have blocked those using the new Google set top boxes from accessing their networks’ shows. Fox so far is not blocking their programs from the new TV interface. Google…