Tech and Rights Groups urge European Commission to consult stakeholders on illegal content

Brussels – Today, ten organisations representing digital rights groups, startups, Internet and technology businesses are asking the European Commission to uphold its commitment to consult stakeholders before issuing recommendations on removing illegal content online. Despite the European Commission’s commitment to continue its dialogue with stakeholders on online infringing content until at least May 2018, it…

CCIA Asks USTR To Confront Discriminatory Copyright Regulations In Its Annual Trade Report

Washington – With Europe and other trading partners passing or considering regulations that violate US trade agreements and international copyright norms, the Computer & Communications Industry Association offered examples Thursday to USTR and asked trade officials to note and fight these trade barriers. CCIA told USTR that US tech companies are facing barriers from countries…

CCIA Sponsored Event: Content Moderation & Removal at Scale

CCIA invites you to join us for “Content Moderation & Removal at Scale”, a full-day conference we are co-sponsoring at Santa Clara University on Friday, February 2. The event will explore how Internet companies operationalize the moderation and removal of third party/user-generated content (UGC). UGC services routinely say that moderating and removing content is hard…

CCIA Sponsored Event: Content Moderation & Removal at Scale

CCIA invites you to join us for “Content Moderation & Removal at Scale”, a full-day conference we are co-sponsoring at Santa Clara University on Friday, February 2. The event will explore how Internet companies operationalize the moderation and removal of third party/user-generated content (UGC). UGC services routinely say that moderating and removing content is hard…

CCIA Welcomes the Civil Liberties Committee’s Opinion on the Copyright Directive

Brussels, BELGIUM — In September 2016, the European Commission published its proposal for a Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (the “Copyright Proposal”). This proposal implements filtering systems for user-uploaded content and undermine the liability regime of Internet intermediaries, legal backbone of the European digital sector. This proposal has recently been condemned without…

Industry Groups Urge European Leaders To Reevaluate Direction of EU Digital Proposals

Brussels, BELGIUM — Industry groups have sent their strongest criticism to date of the EU’s “Digital Single Market proposals” in a joint letter to European leaders ahead of the Tallinn Digital Summit on September 29.  The letter from major industry groups, representing telecoms, mobile, internet and startup companies expresses concern that the DSM proposals have…

EU Countries Question The Compatibility Of Copyright Reform With EU Fundamental Rights

Brussels — This morning, the website Statewatch published a leaked EU Council document on the copyright reform, in which a number of European countries are strongly questioning its compatibility with European fundamental rights. For the past year, the European Commission has been explaining that Article 13 of its copyright proposal – despite upending the liability…

Study Shows Fair Use Industries Make Up One Sixth Of The Economy

Washington — As policymakers consider IP policy and trade agreement updates like the NAFTA renegotiation, balanced copyright language remains as important as ever. The Computer & Communications Industry Association released a study in conjunction with Capital Trade, Inc. on Friday, “Fair Use in the Economy 2017,” that found that value added by industries that depend…

European Parliament’s Internal Market Committee Votes On Copyright Directive

Brussels, BELGIUM — Last September, the European Commission published its proposal for a Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (the “copyright proposal”). This proposal has been denounced as “backward-looking” and failing to “meet the expectations of European citizens and businesses”. Today, the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee of the European Parliament adopted…