Software and Information Industry Association

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Software and Information Industry Association
AbbreviationSIIA
MottoAccelerating Innovation in Technology, Data & Media
Formation1984
HeadquartersWashington, D.C.
President
Jeff Joseph
Websitesiia.net

The Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) is a trade association dedicated to the entertainment, consumer and business software industries. Established in 1984 as the Software Publishers Association (SPA),[1] the SIIA took its new name when it merged with the related Information Industry Association on January 1, 1999. The joint enterprise was headed by Software Publishers Association founder Ken Wasch and operated out of the SPA's existing offices.[2]

The SPA was active in lobbying, industry research and anti-piracy efforts.[2] Its head of research, Ann Stephens, went on to found PC Data in 1991.[3] By 1995, the SPA had over 1,100 software companies in its membership[4] and according to Wired was among "the most powerful computer-related trade groups" before its merger with the Information Industry Association.[5] While Microsoft became a member of the SPA in 1986, it split with the SIIA in 2000 after the group sided against Microsoft in United States v. Microsoft Corp.[6] The Wall Street Journal described Microsoft as the SIIA's "largest member" before the departure.[7]

Until 1999, the Software Publishers Association hosted the SPA Annual Conference for software companies. It was renamed the InfoSoft Essentials conference in 1999.[8]

Divisions[edit]

Public Policy ~ legal and public policy
IP Protection ~ protecting software content
Connectiv ~ business information
ETIN ~ Education Technology
FISD ~ Financial & Information
SIPA ~ Specialized Information Publishers
SSD ~ Software & Services

Advocacy[edit]

In 2019 the Supreme Court of the United States granted certiorari in Allen v. Cooper, raising the question of whether Congress validly abrogated state sovereign immunity via the Copyright Remedy Clarification Act in providing remedies for authors of original expression whose federal copyrights are infringed by states.[9][10][11][12] Thirteen amici including; the United States Chamber of Commerce, the Recording Industry Association of America, the Copyright Alliance, the Software and Information Industry Association and the National Press Photographers Association, filed briefs in support of Allen.[13][14][15] Those briefs proposed various doctrines under which the CRCA could validly abrogate sovereign immunity and variously re-asserted and supported the reasons why Congress examined and enacted CRCA, claiming that Congress was fair in finding that states had abused immunity and that an alternative remedy was needed.[16] On November 5, 2019 the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Allen v. Cooper. A decision in the case is expected in the late spring of 2020.[17]

CODiE Awards[edit]

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Beginning in 1986,[18] the Software Publishers Association hosted the "Excellence in Software Awards" ceremony, an annual black-tie event that The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times compared to the Academy Awards.[19][20] The Excellence in Software Awards were later renamed the "CODiE Awards", and are now presented by the Software and Information Industry Association.[18]

The CODiE are awards to two broad categories: business technology and education technology. There are awards in more than 75 categories, advertised with the statement, "With a grand total of more than 75 different categories, you're sure to find several to meet your marketing/PR objectives!".[21] Notable past winners include companies such as Adobe, BrainPOP, Google, McGraw-Hill Education, Jigsaw, Netsuite, Red Hat, Rosetta Stone, Salesforce.com, Digimind, Scribe Software, Vocus, WSJ.com, IXL Learning, itslearning, and more.[22]

Neal Awards[edit]

The Neal Awards were created in 1955 for editorial excellence in business Media and named after Jesse H. Neal, Connectiv's first managing director. Nations Restaurant News says winning the Neal Award is like winning the Pulitzer Prize for Business-to-business (B2B) platforms.[23] Entries are judged in three areas ~ editorial craftsmanship, extent of service to the field and journalistic enterprise. Out of the 21 categories one winner will be selected for The Grand Neal Award. As of 2018 there have been 23 winners of The Grand Neal Award.[24] In 2019 John Heltman, Business and Finance Reporter with American Banker and SourceMedia won[25] with Nobody's Home[26]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Silber, Tony (April 10, 2013). "ABM to Merge With Software and Information Industry Association". FolioMag. Archived from the original on October 26, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Hane, Paula J. (January 25, 1999). "The SPA-IIA Merger is Now Official". Information Today. Archived from the original on February 19, 2017.
  3. ^ Corcoran, Elizabeth (August 19, 1996). "Software Sales, by the Numbers". Washington Post. Archived from the original on April 28, 2018.
  4. ^ Fryer, Bronwyn (May 1, 1995). "The Software Police". Wired. Archived from the original on April 29, 2017.
  5. ^ Stamper, Chris (December 18, 1998). "The Über IT Trade Group". Wired. Archived from the original on October 26, 2018.
  6. ^ Haney, Clare (March 8, 2000). "Microsoft resigns from SIIA". Computerworld. Archived from the original on October 26, 2018.
  7. ^ Foley, Mary Jo (March 10, 1999). "Free-Software Advocate Offers Remedies for Microsoft Case". Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on October 26, 2018.
  8. ^ "SIIA Announces Plans for Upcoming Conference". Information Today. June 1999. Archived from the original on March 3, 2003.
  9. ^ "Allen v. Cooper".
  10. ^ "No. 18-877". Supreme Court of the United States. Supreme Court of the United States. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  11. ^ Liptak, Adam (2 September 2019). "Blackbeard's Ship Heads to Supreme Court in a Battle Over Another Sort of Piracy". New York Times. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  12. ^ Gardner, Eriq (5 November 2019). "Supreme Court Wrestles With Consequences for Piracy by State Governments". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  13. ^ "Allen v. Cooper". Copyright Alliance. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  14. ^ "NPPA, ASMP asks SCOTUS for protection of copyright infringement by states". NPPA. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  15. ^ "Allen v. Cooper". U.S. Chamber Litigation Center. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  16. ^ Kass, Dani. "Copyright Cavalry Supports Pirate Ship Photog At High Court". Constitutional Accountability Center. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  17. ^ Murphy, Brian (5 November 2019). "How Blackbeard's ship and a diver with an 'iron hand' ended up at the Supreme Court". Charlotte Observer. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  18. ^ a b "SIIA Announces CODiE Award Winners for Software Industry" (Press release). Washington, D.C.: Software and Information Industry Association. May 7, 2015. Archived from the original on September 19, 2015.
  19. ^ Magid, Lawrence J. (April 5, 1990). "The Software Industry Gives Its Own 'Oscars'". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on October 20, 2015.
  20. ^ Magid, Lawrence J. (April 11, 1988). "Software Awards Reward 25 Best Programs of '87". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on October 26, 2018.
  21. ^ "About the Awards". Software and Information Industry Association. Archived from the original on July 28, 2013. Retrieved July 23, 2013.
  22. ^ "www.siia.net/codies". Retrieved 11 May 2012.
  23. ^ "NRN named Best Media Brand by Jesse H. Neal Awards". Nation's Restaurant News. April 1, 2019. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  24. ^ "Previous Winners of the Grand Neal Award". SIIA. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  25. ^ "2019 Finalists & Winners". SIIA. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  26. ^ "Nobody's Home". American Banker. Retrieved April 1, 2019.

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