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Today, the Internet Association testified at the U.S. Trade Representative on its annual Special 301 Report.

Each year, USTR prepares a report to identify countries that that “deny adequate and effective protection of intellectual property rights” or, two, those that “deny fair and equitable market access to United States persons that rely upon intellectual property protection.”

In a filing submitted earlier this year, and in testimony today, the Internet Association advocated for increased focus on the complete picture of copyright law, which includes the robust limitations and exceptions that have shaped our nation’s rich history in promoting creativity and furthering the public’s interest.
As our trade partners worldwide consider reforms to their own copyright systems, it is important that our trade representatives have a comprehensive view of copyright and what makes the U.S. copyright system successful. For instance, critical provisions like fair use enable Internet companies to operate and thrive in the United States.

Correcting Misconceptions About The U.S. Patent System

There’s been a great deal of misinformation floating around about the inter partes review process (IPR) and how it impacts American inventors and innovators. So, ahead of today’s U.S. Patent Office Oversight (USPTO) Oversight Hearing with USPTO Director Andrei Iancu, IA wanted to correct some common myths about the U.S. patent system and IPR. MYTH: Read more »

From Player Pianos to Paper Notices: A Modern Update to Music Licensing Is Long Overdue

Rarely does a century-old musical instrument drive policy in Washington, but that’s exactly what’s happening in the music community at this moment. Everyone from Internet Association (IA) members to artists to record labels are supporting a new piece of legislation called the Music Modernization Act (MMA), that will help bring music licensing into the digital Read more »

Why Car Sharing Is Good For California Motorists

Cars are expensive to buy and maintain, and 95 percent of the time they sit unused. Fortunately for Californians, state lawmakers have the opportunity to make car ownership more affordable and practical. Assembly Bill 2873 would support internet-enabled car sharing, which connects vehicle owners with consumers and travelers. These legislative efforts have been stalled by rental Read more »

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IA and Columbia’s Richard Paul Richman Center today released a new research paper entitled, “Toward A Better Understanding Of Internet Economics.”

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