March 1, 2016 | Article

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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.

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IA recently completed its yearly assessment of barriers to digital trade that American exporters face around the globe. In comments to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), IA identified over 100 government measures in more than 40 foreign markets that are limiting, restricting, or outright blocking American internet-enabled exporters. Barriers to digital Read more »

Internet Association Applauds Signing of California State Senator Bradford’s SB 182, Which Helps Ridesharing Drivers By Easing Administrative Burdens and Protecting Their Privacy

On October 13, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 182, a bill which marks a big step forward for ridesharing in California. SB 182 will ease administrative and financial burdens on transportation network company (TNC) drivers by allowing them to obtain only a single business license in order to operate in the entire Read more »

Cloud First Must Be More Than A Slogan

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