The Committee for Justice (CFJ) joined a letter to trade negotiators from the United States, Canada, and Mexico, urging them to protect websites from liability for third party content posted on their sites when updating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The letter requests that the renegotiated agreement incorporate protection similar to that afforded by Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, a domestic statute that provides websites with limited immunity from liability for third-party speech.
We, the undersigned human rights and civil liberties organizations, trade associations, and individuals write to convey our significant concern with the Manager’s Amendment to S.1693, the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA), which the Committee will consider on Wednesday. We appreciate and support the bill sponsors’ deep commitment to fighting human trafficking, and we recognize that the Manager’s Amendment is an effort to respond to many of the concerns that we and others have voiced over the original draft of the legislation. But the Manager’s Amendment does not resolve some of the fundamental issues with SESTA that we believe will lead to increased censorship across the web.
Patent protection was enshrined in our Constitution and has set us apart from the rest of the world in protecting property of all kinds. It is the main reason that the U.S. has led the world in innovation. But in recent years, a combination of bad legislation, troubling Supreme Court decisions, anti-patent rhetoric at all levels of our government have weakened the U.S. patent system — once the crown jewel of our economy. Many inventors and venture capitalists are now beginning to look at Germany, England — and even China — as better environments to protect their innovations.
The Committee for Justice joined several other organizations -- including Citizens Against Government Waste, the Small Business Exchange Council, and Heritage Action -- in filing a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding television white space.
The Committee for Justice joined several other conservative organizations in urging Senate Majority Leader McConnell to oppose attempts to threaten patent rights and stifle innovation on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The Bayh-Dole Act has enabled technology transfer for 36 years so that taxpayers now benefit practically from the millions of dollars spent on otherwise enlightening, but unapplied basic research. Bayh-Dole promotes private patent and exclusive licensing rights to private companies willing to spend their money to attempt to commercialize an invention arising from basic research. Proposals by Sens. Sanders and King may be offered during Senate consideration of NDAA that could render secure intellectual property...
The 1973 ban on civil supersonic flight over land traces its origins to a panic spurred by an activist movement that opposed the French and British supersonic transporter, the Concorde. While we see a legitimate public interest in reasonable limitations on aircraft noise, banning civil supersonic flight altogether is anachronistic, and has effectively created a technological speed limit over the United States. It has persisted for forty-four years due to regulatory inertia, and stifled private sector research and development into quiet and affordable supersonic travel for far too long.