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Ninth Circuit Holds Website Can Lose DMCA Safe Harbor by Using Moderators

Earlier this month, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that an online provider may become ineligible for the safe harbor provided by Section 512(c) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act if its moderators help select...more

Protecting the Right to Complain: The Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016

On December 14, 2016, President Obama signed into effect the “Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016” (the “Act”), making it more difficult for businesses to bring lawsuits over negative reviews. The Act, which passed with...more

Read This If You Have a Website!

On Oct. 26, the Copyright Office published a notice of its final rule governing how online service providers must designate their "agent" for infringement notifications pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 17...more

Second Circuit Denies Section 230 Immunity for Acts of Affiliate Marketers

The Second Circuit became the third federal appellate court ever to deny immunity under Section 230 of the Communications Act, 47 U.S.C. § 230, which provides broad protection for content supplied to websites by their users....more

Internet Service Providers and Oldies Fans Rejoice: Second Circuit Holds the DMCA Safe Harbor Covers Pre-1972 Sound Recordings

The Second Circuit’s decision last week in Capitol Records, LLC v. Vimeo, LLC was a victory for internet service providers who host third-party content. It plugged a major loophole in the DMCA safe harbor for information...more

Shooting the Messenger? Websites could face greater liability for third-party content in the EU

Three developments in the last two months suggest websites face greater liability for content authored by third parties in the European Union—including reader comments, posts on message boards and social networks, and search...more

Taming the “Wild West” in the Far East: China Extends Protections for Privacy and Reputation to the Internet, Heightens the Risk...

Although laws targeting Internet-based content have lagged behind in China, the Chinese government has made sweeping changes over the past two years—most recently last fall—that extend offline legal protections to the virtual...more

Section 230 Does Not Apply to Allegations that Website for Models Failed to Warn Plaintiff About Potential for Rape

The 9th Circuit earlier this month decided that Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, 47 U.S.C. § 230, does not bar claims that a networking website for models failed to warn a member that a third party might use the...more

The Big Picture: Aereo Held to Violate Public Performance Right

In a 6-3 decision written by Justice Breyer, the Supreme Court today ruled that Aereo’s internet television service infringes broadcasters’ exclusive rights to publicly perform their works. Despite the potentially broad...more

Blurred Lines: Ninth Circuit Applies Same First Amendment Protections to Bloggers as Traditional Media

The Ninth Circuit last week became the first federal court of appeals to find that bloggers are entitled to the same First Amendment protections as traditional print and broadcast media when sued for defamation. Obsidian Fin....more

1/24/2014  /  Blogs , Defamation , First Amendment , Media

Sixth Circuit Rules That TripAdvisor’s Ranking of “Dirtiest Hotels” is Protected Opinion

In a helpful decision for online publishers of rankings and ratings, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a travel website’s annual top-ten list of the dirtiest hotels in the United States, based on data compiled...more

Court Denies Section 230 Immunity to TheDirty.com for User Posts, Setting Stage for Battle in Sixth Circuit

On Aug. 12, 2013, a federal court in Kentucky held that the website TheDirty.com can be liable for comments posted by third parties, refusing to rule as a matter of law that the site is immune under Section 230 of the...more

The Aereo and ReDigi Decisions: Courts Continue to Wrestle With the Application of Copyright Law to the Redistribution of Digital...

A series of recent decisions in the Second and Ninth Circuits—including Viacom v. YouTube and UMG v. Veoh (both dealing with the distribution of user-posted copyrighted content by video hosting services) and AP v. Meltwater...more

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