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DIGITAL RIGHTS2021-07-18T20:41:38+00:00

A Growing Number of Individual Legal Rights Issues Intersect with the Internet, including Freedom of Expression, Access to Knowledge (A2K), Copyrights, Trademarks, Patents, Privacy, Anonymity, Surveillance, Cyber-Security, Anti-Circumvention Measures, File-Sharing, Contributory Liability, Fair Use, Fair Dealing, Intermediary Protections, Notice and Take-Down, Public Domain, Trade Secrets, Due Process, Hyperlinking, Database Rights, Enforcement of Intellectual Property, Internet Censorship

California’s Legal Battle with Net Neutrality

By |May 12th, 2022|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy, Publications, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

ACA CONNECTS v BONTA: CALIFORNIA’S LEGAL BATTLE WITH NET NEUTRALITY, EXPLAINED By Tanuj Dayal (also available as a .pdf) On January 28, 2022, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (“Ninth Circuit”), in the case of ACA Connects v. Bonta[1], affirmed the decision of [...]

Civil Society and Industry Opposition to SHOP SAFE in the Final COMPETES Legislation

By |May 5th, 2022|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy, Publications|Tags: , , , , , , , |

On 3 May 2022, a coalition of 38 civil society organizations, trade associations, and companies wrote to U.S. Congressional leaders to share their collective opposition to H.R. 5374, the Stopping Harmful Offers on Platforms by Screening Against Fakes in E-commerce (SHOP SAFE) Act.  IP Justice joined in this diverse coalition [...]

IP Justice Files Amicus Brief Against Texas’ Social Media Censorship Law in NetChoice, CCIA v. Paxton

By |April 22nd, 2022|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy, Internet Governance, Publications|Tags: , , |

IP Justice Files Amicus Brief Against Texas’ Social Media Censorship Law in NetChoice, CCIA v. Paxton By Alyssa Aguilar On 7 April 2022, IP Justice filed an Amicus Curiae legal brief in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in support of Plaintiff-Appellee’s, NetChoice, and the Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA).  In [...]

IP Justice Requests USTR Take Canada Off the Special 301 “Naughty” List

By |March 8th, 2022|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy, Publications|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

IP Justice responded to a question posed from the USTR to IP Justice regarding its submission in the 2022 Special 301 Annual Review Process. Specifically, the USTR asked IP Justice to answer: What has changed in the past year that warrants Canada’s removal from the Special 301 List? IP Justice [...]

IP Justice Joins Letter to Congress from 38 Civil Society and Industry Orgs to Raise Concerns About SHOP SAFE Act, Which Threatens to Undermine Free Speech, Innovation, Privacy, and Consumer Choice

By |March 8th, 2022|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy|Tags: , , , , , , |

Read the joint civil society - industry letter on SHOP SAFE Act here. Related: 26 law professors send similar letter on SHOP SAFE Act here.  

Misguided INFORM ACT Creates Opportunity to Abuse Competitors in Online Marketplaces

By |February 28th, 2022|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy, Publications|Tags: , , , , |

Controversial Bill Inserted into COMPETES Act Threatens Privacy Rights and Entry of New Participants By Alyssa Aguilar On October 5, 2021 Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) and Congressman Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) introduced the INFORM (Integrity, Notification, and Fairness in Online Retail Marketplaces for Consumers) Act.  This proposed legislation hopes to combat [...]

SHOP SAFE: Ill-Considered Counterfeiting Bill Misses Mark

By |February 23rd, 2022|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy, Publications|Tags: , , |

Making Online Marketplaces Liable for Contributory Trademark Infringement Will Harm Consumers By Alyssa Aguilar In an attempt to protect consumers from defective and unsafe counterfeit products online, Senator Coons (D-DE) introduced SHOP SAFE (Stopping Harmful Offers on Platforms by Screening Against Fakes in E-commerce Act of 2021) in May 2021. [...]

IP Justice Comment to 2022 USTR Special 301 Annual Review Process

By |February 7th, 2022|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy, Publications, TRIPS|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

IP Justice Urges USTR to Consider Broader Policy Goals in Annual “Special 301” Process On 31 January 2022 IP Justice submitted a comment to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) via its “Special 301” annual review process, which evaluates other countries’ laws and practices regarding intellectual property [...]

IP Justice Participates at WIPO Committee on Development Meeting

By |December 8th, 2021|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy, Uncategorized, WIPO|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

From November 20th to 26th, 2021, IP Justice participated in the World Intellectual property Organization (WIPO) Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP)’s Twenty-Seventh Session. The WIPO General Assembly established CDIP in 2008 to convene all WIPO member states, NGOs/IGOs, and observers such as IP Justice to discuss intellectual property [...]

IP Justice Statement at WIPO Committee on Development and Intellectual Property’s 27th Session

By |December 8th, 2021|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy, Publications, Uncategorized, WIPO|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

IP Justice Statement at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP)’s Twenty-Seventh Session (20-26 November 2021) IP Justice urges the WIPO to provide more easily understandable resources for identifying available inventions in the public domain.  For the public to have greater access to the [...]

IP Justice Amicus Brief Asks 11th Circuit To Strike Down Florida’s Internet Censorship Law

By |November 22nd, 2021|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy, Publications, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

22 November 2021 In a landmark lawsuit for online freedom of expression rights and technological innovation, IP Justice filed an Amicus Curiae legal brief with the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on 15 November 2021 asking the court to uphold a lower court’s injunction against the enforcement of Florida’s regulations over the [...]

IP Justice Supports Consumers’ Rights in the 2021 Comment to the USTR Review of Notorious Markets for Counterfeiting and Piracy

By |November 7th, 2021|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Every year, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) publishes a Review of Notorious Markets for Counterfeiting and Piracy, known widely as the Notorious Markets List. The report highlights online and physical markets that reportedly engage in or facilitate substantial trademark counterfeiting and copyright piracy. The USTR requests [...]

IP Justice Joins Letter to USTR Supporting Developing Countries’ Request for Time to Transition to TRIPS

By |June 25th, 2021|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy, Publications, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

June 25, 2021 Ambassador Katherine Tai United States Trade Representative 600 17th Street NW Washington, DC 20508 Re: Supporting LDCs’ Request for Transition Period Dear Ambassador Tai: We urge the United States to support the request of Least Developed Countries (“LDCs”) to the TRIPS Council of the World Trade Organization [...]

Coalition of Public Interest Groups and Tech Companies Urge US Congress to Oppose Rule Changes that Enable Government Hacking of Personal Computers

By |June 21st, 2016|Categories: Digital Rights, Innovation Policy, Internet Governance, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

A group of civil liberties groups and technology companies wrote to US Congressional leaders today to oppose the proposed changes to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. The change to the rule would grant federal magistrate judges broad authority to issue warrants for hacking and surveillance in [...]

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