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CCIA denounces European copyright ‘protectionism’

Postby MrFredPFL » Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:48 pm

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The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), an international not-for-profit membership organisation dedicated to innovation and enhancing society’s access to information and communications, has called on the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to fight against what it suggests are ‘protectionist’ European IP policies.

With Europe poised to enact additional copyright policies that the CCIA says will likely have significant negative consequences for the digital economy, the CCIA submitted examples of resulting problems to the USTR.

In comments filed to the USTR, the CCIA is asking USTR to note in the upcoming Special 301 report that these actions actually create market access barriers and are violations of international commitments, and use to its power to fight these and other trade barriers around the world linked to intellectual property.

The CCIA noted cases where other countries don’t recognise copyright intermediary liability norms and the growing use of so-called ‘snippet taxes’ in some European countries that attempt to charge online news aggregators a tax on each link it offers for users’ requests. The CCIA has advocated against what it calls protectionist IP policies for more than 25 years.

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