Film, Music Lobbies Say ITC Can Police Online Infringement

By Bill Donahue (February 16, 2016, 6:00 PM EST) -- Lobbying groups for the film and music industries urged the en banc Federal Circuit on Friday to overturn an "anachronistic" panel ruling that denied the International Trade Commission the power to regulate the transmission of digital files.

The trade agency is allowed to block "articles" that infringe American intellectual property, but a Federal Circuit panel ruled in November that this authority only extends to the import of physical goods and not to digital files that enter the U.S. electronically. The ITC is seeking en banc rehearing.

On Friday, Hollywood's two main industry groups, the Motion Picture Association of American and the...

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