Details of Secret IP Agreement Confirm Tech Industry Fears

The just-released details of the once secret Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement confirm fears that the agreement will unreasonably increase the legal exposure of U.S. technology and Internet businesses operating abroad, the Computer & Communications Industry Association said, after reviewing the declassified text. The document was made public today after governments involved bowed to intense public pressure…

The ACTA is out of the bag

After two and a half years of calls for more public scrutiny, the current draft of the once-secret Anti-counterfeiting trade agreement (ACTA) agreement has been released to the public, as the tech press has reported. The name notwithstanding, ACTA has little to do with counterfeiting and everything to do with copyright in the digital age. In a misguided…

Justice Stevens Invented the Internet

Co-writing today’s post is Jonathan Band of policybandwidth, with CCIA’s Matthew Schruers, on the recently-announced retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens: JUSTICE STEVENS INVENTED THE INTERNET Justice John Paul Stevens’s announcement that he will resign from the Supreme Court at the end of this term has caused a flood of newspaper articles and blogs about the…

CCIA Praises European Parliament Action Against ACTA

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement under negotiation encountered some staunch disagreement in Europe. The European Parliament voted 663-13 today on a resolution demanding the European Commission release all negotiating texts and brief the Parliament on the secretive agreement. ACTA is an executive agreement under negotiation that could change the way copyright laws are enforced around the…

Welcome

Welcome to the Innovation Policy Post, CCIA’s forum for news and debate about intellectual property issues. We will use this blog to share our thoughts, and get yours, on patent and copyright law. We’ll also highlight abuses of those laws that range from ridiculous to damaging and illustrate the need for patent reform and 21st-century…

CCIA and CEA Continue To Call For Balance Between Innovation and Intellectual Property Protection

Executives of content-producing companies and government officials, including Vice President Joseph Biden, met today in Washington, D.C., to discuss ongoing efforts to combat commercial content piracy. The following statements can be attributed to Gary Shapiro, President and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) ® and Ed Black, President and CEO of the Computer & Communications Industry…

CCIA Praises WIPO Copyright Developments, Expresses Concern About Secret ACTA Negotiations

Brussels — On the occasion of the 19th session of the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) in Geneva, the Computer & Communications Industry Association applauds the parties’ commitment to developing international intellectual property norms in an open and transparent manner. CCIA specifically commends the U.S. Government’s statement…