Copyright Office Releases Study On Safe Harbors, Recommends Further Reviews

Washington — The Copyright Office released its study today on how copyright provisions within the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act are being used. The study does not recommend wholesale changes to the Section 512 safe harbor system, but identifies areas where Congress may want to step in with legislation. The Computer & Communications Industry Association…

CCIA, Tech Companies Ask Court To Rehear, Remedy Copyright Case Involving DMCA Issues

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association has filed a joint amicus brief Monday night in a copyright case. The previous ruling, if left unchanged, could threaten important liability protections for some internet sites that review user-posted content before it appears online. CCIA joined several of its members and other tech companies in asking…

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 Expresses Concern Over Florida Proposal to Regulate Internet Content Sites

Washington – This week Florida legislators are considering proposals that could undermine core principles that have helped keep the Internet open and free.  They would force website owners and operators to publicly display their name, address, and telephone number or e-mail address if they make available commercial recordings or audiovisual works, and failure to do…

U.S. House Subcommittee To Review Copyright Law Critical To U.S. Economy

Washington – As part of its ongoing review of U.S. copyright law, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Internet is holding a hearing Thursday on the legal framework that supports both copyright holders and Internet service providers. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s safe harbors sought to balance access to information online with rightsholders’ request that…

All Three Branches of Government Considering Copyright Reforms

All three branches of government are currently contemplating copyright reform issues, with a particular focus on the DMCA’s notice and takedown provisions.  This safe harbor has been significant in encouraging investment and innovation in online platforms, and policymakers should take care not to disturb the balance contemplated by Congress in 1998. The Executive Branch’s involvement…