New USTR NTE Report Focuses On Digital Trade Barriers, Warns That New EU Regulations Could Raise New Barriers

Washington — The USTR has released its annual report on trade barriers. It flagged digital trade barriers like internet censorship, but also included issues with new EU regulations aimed at internet services. The 2017 National Trade Estimate (NTE) report listed foreign trade barriers such as China blocking access to online sites and services, laws on…

CCIA Co-Sponsors Global Fair Use Panel At American University Washington College of Law

Washington – Leading international experts will gather on Wednesday to discuss the global debate around balanced copyright. The American University Washington College of Law’s Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property will explore the differences in fair use law around the world in a panel discussion. Fair use exceptions to copyright law facilitate the quotation…

CCIA Welcomes IMCO’s Draft Opinion on the Copyright Directive Proposal

Brussels – The Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee of the European Parliament (“IMCO“) has published its draft opinion yesterday on the proposal for a copyright directive for the Digital Single Market. In this draft opinion, MEP Catherine Stihler has deleted the “publishers’ right”, as lacking “sufficient justification”. This decision is in line with the…

CCIA Files Amicus Brief On Copyright, Interoperability Issues In Software Case

Washington — The tech industry weighed in on issues of copyright and competition with an amicus brief today in the SAS v. World Programming Limited case.  The Computer & Communications Industry Association filed an amicus brief along with the Internet Association and Engine arguing copyright should not interfere with interoperability. CCIA represents companies that are…

CCIA Defends Copyright Balance and Online Platforms In Filing, Legal Brief

Washington — In a filing for the Copyright Office and in a legal brief, the Computer & Communications Industry Association defended the balanced copyright provisions online companies need to operate platforms for communications and commerce. The Copyright Office is considering Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) — one of the Internet’s legal…

CCIA Asks USTR To Focus On Copyright Regulations In Annual Trade Report

Washington — As more countries pass or consider copyright regulations that violate current U.S. trade agreements and international copyright norms, the Computer & Communications Industry Association is asking USTR to note and fight discriminatory regulations. CCIA’s submission to USTR today describes the scope of the problem and flags examples where trading partners are prohibiting copyright…

CCIA, CTA Ask Appeals Court To Review, Correctly Apply Copyright Liability Legal Protections For Internet Service Providers

Washington – In a closely watched case about online service providers’ responsibility for users who infringe copyright, two tech trade associations defended the Internet service provider, Cox, in a court brief today.   The brief advocated for clear secondary liability standards and strong DMCA safe harbors. The associations argued that Cox was wrongly held liable…