CCIA Submits Comments On Copyright Directive To EU Institutions

Brussels, BELGIUM — CCIA and trade associations from across the EU submitted comments on the copyright Directive proposal to EU institutions, to highlight some key nuances, which we believe should be taken into account for any final compromise text to be workable in practice. The joint letter asks that publishers be able to chose whether their content…

CCIA Testifies Before House Judiciary On Copyright Small Claims Enforcement Act

Washington — The House Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing this afternoon on its proposed copyright small claims bill ahead of an expected vote. Matt Schruers, Vice President of Law and Policy for the Computer & Communications Industry Association is testifying at the hearing on the “Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2017.” Schruers…

Music Modernization Act Unanimously Passes House, Senate

Washington — Congress has passed legislation that updates music licensing rights for the digital age. The House and Senate have now passed the Music Modernization Act. The Computer & Communications Industry Association has supported balanced copyright policies and a competitive, modernized music licensing system fit for the digital age for more than 20 years. The…

CCIA Regrets EU Copyright Vote, Calls For A Balanced Outcome in Final Negotiations

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Computer & Communications Industry Association regrets the European Parliament’s decision today to adopt upload filters for a broad range of online platforms and to introduce the so-called ‘right for press publishers.’   CCIA Europe, along with hundreds of academics, civil rights groups and the online sector, has long advocated against these…

Copyright: MEPs Voss, Cavada and cross-party group of 50 MEPs’ amendments (239-250-251) endanger open online platforms

Last July, a majority of Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) rejected the draconian provisions of the copyright directive. Tomorrow the plenary will vote on a new version of the directive. Proposed amendments to the copyright directive from rapporteur Axel Voss and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats continue to present a threat to the…

European Parliament Rejects Copyright Mandate

Brussels, BELGIUM — The Members of the European Parliament today voted to reject the introduction of a press publishers’ right in Europe (the so-called “link tax”) and of content filtering mechanisms across a broad range of online services. Negotiations within the Parliament will now continue. The Computer & Communications Industry Association, along with hundreds of…

CCIA Welcomes Music Modernization Act Markup In Senate

Washington — The Senate Judiciary Committee plans to mark up the Music Modernization Act Thursday. The bill would update the licensing of music rights for the digital age. Senators are also considering provisions to ensure Congressional oversight if the Justice Department terminates long-standing consent decrees that aim to keep anti-competitive practices in the music sector…

Universities, Journalists, Digital Rights Groups and Tech Sector Warn of Disastrous Consequences of Copyright Directive, Ask EU Member States to Continue Technical Discussions

Brussels, BELGIUM — More than 145 universities, libraries, human rights, media freedom, technology businesses and digital rights groups sent an open letter Thursday. The letter asked EU Member States not to grant a mandate to the Bulgarian Council Presidency to negotiate with the Parliament on the copyright reform before addressing the damages that proposal would…

New EU Recommendation on Illegal Content Online Undermines Online Rights and Harms Europe’s Tech Economy

Brussels — The European Commission has published a Recommendation on measures to effectively tackle illegal content online today. The Recommendation was presented despite the Commission’s commitment to continue its dialogue with relevant stakeholders until at least May 2018 and without reference to any major incidents justifying such a hurry. While not legally binding, this Recommendation…