Intellectual Property

Copyright Office Details Problems with FCC Set-Top Box Proposal

On August 3, 2016, the Register of Copyrights sent a letter to four members of Congress, detailing potential copyright violations that could occur if the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) proposed rulemaking on set-top boxes is implemented, requiring multi-channel video programming distributors (MVPDs) to provide access to content, video programming guides, and subscriber data to third parties.  The Copyright Office is concerned whether the FCC can meet its objective of promoting set-top box competition and

We Stand with the Competitive Enterprise Institute

Rather than tilting at windmills trying to solve problems that don’t exist, government agencies should proceed with great care before imposing technical mandates on an industry.  Unfortunately, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) appears to be taking a “shoot from the hip” approach to regulating, and currently has its sights set on abrogating intellectual property (IP) rights.

CAGW Submits Comments to FCC Opposing AllVid

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) President Tom Schatz submitted public comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in opposition to the February 18, 2016 notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on set-top boxes (AllVid). 

AllVid Not All It’s Cracked Up To Be

After imposing antiquated Title II regulations on the Internet, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is trying to take the next step in regulating every aspect of telecommunications.  Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler wants to mandate technical standards for set-top boxes that will ultimately hurt consumers by stifling innovation that is already moving towards eliminating the need for these boxes entirely.  Just as technology is being developed to send the set-top box the way of the dodo, the chairman and his supporters at the FCC are acting like a bunch of dodos and trying to keep them in homes across the country.

2016 IP Index Offers "Infinite Possibilities"

On February 10, 2016, the U.S Chamber of Commerce released its fourth annual IP index, Infinite Possibilities, which reviews and rates intellectual property (IP) rights and protections around the world.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership and Intellectual Property

On October 5, 2015, negotiations for the TPPA concluded and a summary of the 30 chapters of the agreement was released.  Chapter 18 of the agreement specifically discusses the rights and responsibilities of each TPP member nation in protecting IP.  The 12 TPPA member nations are Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam. 

Focusing on Music Copyright for World IP Day

On April 26, 2015, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) marked World Intellectual Property Day.  The theme was “Get Up, Stand Up.  For Music,” which was intended to highlight the contributions of musical artists around the world and encourage the protection of their intellectual property (IP).  Artists and musicians combat piracy and copyright infringement on a daily basis, while they also struggle to be adequately compensated for their work. 

Intellectual Property Is Personal

On February 26, 2015, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) held a briefing on Capitol Hill to discuss intellectual property (IP) rights, including copyrights, patents, brand recognition and trademarks.

Plain Packaging Spreads to Ireland

Following Australia's 2012 foray into plain packaging, the Irish Senate adopted a resolution to restrict the use of corporate logos and trademarks on cigarette packaging on March 3, 2015.


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CAGW Names Montana Gov. Steve Bullock February 2018 Porker of the Month

Gov. Bullock is CAGW's Porker of the Month for issuing an executive order that would rob Montana consumers of a 21st century internet.