Tech-industry bodies unhappy with copyright-legislation trends


Shock news! Some organisations representing the technology industry aren’t happy with the European Copyright Directive – or similar legislation around the world.

Two bodies, the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) and Internet Association, have registered their unhappiness in submissions to the US Trade Representative in response to a call for opinions on foreign trade barriers.

TorrentFreak has the story (and the submissions: here and here). According to the CCIA, whose members include Amazon, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Pandora and Samsung, the EU’s directive “poses an immediate threat to Internet services and the obligations set out in the final text depart significantly from global norms”.

Meanwhile, the Internet Association, whose members include Amazon, Facebook, Google and Twitter (oh, and Spotify) is also unhappy. “The EU’s Copyright Directive directly conflicts with US law and requires a broad range of US consumer and enterprise firms to install filtering technologies, pay European organisations for activities that are entirely lawful under the U.S. copyright framework, and face direct liability for third-party content.”

These views aren’t surprising, but the bodies’ call for the US government to “stand up for the US copyright framework abroad” push back against the directive and other copyright legislation is a point worth remembering – not least in the UK, whose exit from the European Union will be followed by trade-deal negotiations with the US.

Stuart Dredge

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