date icon April 26, 2017 category icon

Recognizing World IP Day

On April 26 each year, the World Intellectual Property Organization celebrates “World Intellectual Property Day.” This year, WIPO explains the theme as “explor[ing] how innovation is making our lives healthier, safer, and more comfortable, turning problems into progress…at how the intellectual property system supports innovation by attracting investment, rewarding creators, encouraging them to develop their… Read more

date icon March 31, 2017 category icon

Digital Trade A Key Focus In This Year’s National Trade Estimate

Today, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) released the 2017 National Trade Estimate (NTE) Report. The NTE is the administration’s annual review of significant foreign trade barriers. For this year’s report, IA submitted comments on key barriers in nearly 60 countries that impede U.S. small businesses, manufacturers, and users from leveraging the internet… Read more

date icon March 20, 2017 category icon

ICANN’S WHOIS Database, The Next Frontier: EU Data Protection

by: Abigail Slater, Internet Association General Counsel IA attended ICANN58 in Copenhagen last week and was grateful to the ICANN board and staff to be included in a panel discussion with EU data protection commissioners and the Council of Europe.  The purpose of the panel was to discuss EU data protection principles and their application… Read more

date icon February 24, 2017 category icon

Protecting the digital economy in Japan

By Michael Beckerman, President & CEO of Internet Association Japan is often described as the world’s most tech-obsessed nation. It has a global reputation for innovation, and for years Japanese tech giants – Sony, Hitachi and Panasonic, to name but a few – were dominant industry leaders that pioneered products loved by the world over…. Read more

date icon February 13, 2017 category icon

IA Identifies Unbalanced Intellectual Property and Intermediary Liability Protections In Annual Comments To USTR

By Ari Giovenco, Director of Trade and International Policy The internet is a major driver of U.S. economic strength and is changing the way we trade. Hundreds of thousands of U.S. small businesses rely on internet platforms to seamlessly connect with new customers both at home and abroad. From South Dakota to Singapore to Santiago,… Read more

date icon February 6, 2017 category icon

Defeating Patent Trolls With Lead, Not Silver

At the Internet Association, we understand there’s no silver bullet that will slay every patent troll. Honest American job creators need a veritable arsenal to fight them back. And one of these bullets in job creators’ battle against patent trolls is currently up for debate in the Supreme Court: venue. Although venue reform is not… Read more

date icon January 30, 2017 category icon

Bringing The US Copyright Office Into The 21st Century By Going Back To Its Roots

Everyone – policymakers in Washington included – agrees that we should aim to make government agencies more efficient, more technology friendly, and more effective for citizens. The U.S. Copyright Office (USCO) – a lesser known agency housed in the Library of Congress – is one such agency that is in real need of repair. The… Read more

date icon January 17, 2017 category icon

Music Streaming Made 2016 A Blockbuster Year For Content Creators & Consumers. 2017 Will Be Even Better.

We’ll all remember 2016 for different (and numerous) reasons. While you reflect on all the ups, the downs, and the in-betweens, consider this: 2016 was the first year that streaming music overtook sales of individual songs or albums as the music industry’s dominant model, accounting for 51.3 percent of album consumption. That’s higher than physical… Read more

date icon November 2, 2016 category icon


Earlier today, the Internet Association filed an amicus brief in support of the Patent Trade Office (PTO) in the Aqua Products case. We were joined by a big tent coalition that includes tech companies whose market cap exceeds $1 trillion. This same coalition filed an amicus brief (also in support of the PTO) in the Cuozzo case before the Supreme Court earlier this… Read more

date icon October 21, 2016 category icon

Bob Dylan, Pharrell, and Today’s Lesson in Copyright Balance

Artists, even Nobel Prize-winning artists, borrow, build upon, and sample from other artists. Drawing inspiration from those around you is part of the creative process. Modern threats to artists’ ability to use the world around them for inspiration, however, could derail future generations of creativity. Bob Dylan, who recently won this year’s Nobel Prize for… Read more

date icon September 27, 2016 category icon

We Applaud the Signing of Calif. Assemblyman Ian Calderon’s AB 691

Californians now have a right to an internet will of sorts, thanks to Governor Jerry Brown’s approval this weekend of Assembly Bill 691, authored by Assemblyman Ian Calderon. And the timing couldn’t be better.  Today’s internet users lead robust digital lives. From paying bills, to talking with family, to purchasing products, the internet has become… Read more

date icon September 27, 2016 category icon

What They’re Saying About The IANA Transition

The IANA transition enjoys strong support from national security experts, industry, and public interest groups. Here’s what they’re saying: Internet Association CEO Michael Beckerman: Failure To Complete The IANA Transition “Would Impede The Free Flow Of Information Online And Free Speech Worldwide.” “Fragmentation of the Internet would impede the free flow of information online and free… Read more

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Washington, DC – Internet Association’s Senior Vice President of Global Government Affairs Michael Bloom released the following statement on the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act:  “The internet industry appreciates the House passing the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act, ensuring that the millions of Americans participating in the online economy are supported during the unprecedented economic downturn brought… Read more

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