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New Website Makes Thousands of CRS Reports Accessible

Twenty years ago, CDT listed accessible Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports at the top of its “10 Most Wanted Government Documents” list. In the years since, CDT and others have continued to ask Congress to make these reports more available to the public. With still no action, a new website has been launched enabling access to more than 8,000 of the report, free of charge.

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EU Copyright Proposals: Do Two Wrongs Make an Ancillary Right?

Copyright reform is one part of the EU Commission’s efforts to develop a Digital Single Market (DSM) for Europe, a vision of a robust digital economy with fewer borders and in which European creators and businesses can thrive. Leaked drafts of the Impact Assessment analyzes the predicted outcomes of the various reform proposals around copyright in light of the goals of the DSM Strategy. Unfortunately, both the proposals and the analysis raise some troubling issues.

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FCC Should Act to Protect Broadband Customers’ Data

CDT and 58 other organizations submitted a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) calling on the agency to initiate a rulemaking to protect the privacy of broadband Internet customers. CDT believes that establishing broadband privacy rules under the FCC’s Title II authority is a critical step toward securing Internet users’ privacy online. We urge the Commission to take that step as soon as possible.

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Geoblocking and Platforms in the Digital Single Market: A Tale of Two Consultations

Europe is striving to remove national silos and modernize regulatory structures to create a digital single market (DSM). The Commission opened consultations to gather public input regarding two aspects of the future implementation of this goal. One asks about the difficulties of providing and accessing information and goods across national borders in the EU, presumably with the intent of reducing cross-border trade issues, online and offline. The other questions the use, value, and potential for increased regulation of certain online entities participating in two-sided markets, which the consultation dubs “platforms.”

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Research, Not Copyright, Should Protect the Environment

The EPA advised the Copyright Office against granting temporary exemptions to the copyright laws prohibiting the circumvention of the technological protection measures (TPMs) designed to prevent access to vehicles’ embedded software. The agency warned that, without the TPM’s and the prohibition of their circumvention under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), car owners would access and modify their vehicle’s software in ways that might violate the Clean Air Act. CDT does not agree with this logic.

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Parliament Adopts Reda Report Calling on Commission to Harmonize and Balance Copyright

In a plenary session, the European Parliament voted yesterday to adopt a report on “the harmonization of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society.” In a previous post, we applauded the report’s recognition of the importance of balanced copyright while lamenting over some the elements of the draft report that failed to make their way into the text adopted by Parliament’s legal affairs committee (JURI). Even with deletions and alterations, the report highlights the need for minimum baseline of copyright limitations and exceptions across the Union. The text of the report remains largely unchanged since its adoption by JURI, but a few late amendments made important improvements to the report.

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