Washington DC
17 November 2016
Reporter: Barney Dixon

Internet Association provides Trump with IP policy


More than 40 key players in internet business, including Google, Netflix, Amazon and Twitter, have delivered new US President-Elect Donald Trump a roadmap on intellectual property policy.

The Internet Association sent the roadmap in a letter addressed to Trump on 14 November, six days after his victory over presidential rival Hillary Clinton.

It requested that Trump uphold and support copyright safe harbours included in Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which it said provides “flexible yet robust parameters from which responsible internet companies can operate in good faith in order to grow and adapt across time and technical evolution”.

“The safe harbors are a system of legal certainty that remains the gold standard worldwide for fostering innovative online ecosystems beneficial to creators and service providers alike.”

Further, the association asked that Trump modernise the US Copyright Office to “meet the needs of diverse stakeholders and the public interest in the 21st century”.

This also falls in line with the association’s request for Trump to prevent the EU’s Digital Single Market proposals, including the highly controversial link-tax.

It said that if these proposals were to be implemented, they would “undermine the ability of our governments to stand united against more underhanded efforts elsewhere in the world.”

Finally, the Internet Association said that the US should support balanced IP provisions in future trade agreements and foreign diplomacy.

“Innovative internet companies, as well as the US small businesses that use internet services to reach global customers, require balanced copyright rules in other regions in order to do businesses in those markets.”

“These services increasingly face barriers to entry in countries that lack adequate intellectual property regimes. The internet sector strongly believes copyright policy in trade agreements must reflect and promote the balanced framework in US law, which provides not only strong protections and enforcement, but also robust and flexible limitations and exceptions, including fair use and copyright safe harbors.”

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