Maryanne Stanganelli

Maryanne Stanganelli

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Yelp Denied Attempt to Keep Its Online Reviewers’ Identities Anonymous

In 2012, a local rug cleaning company in Virginia, Hadeed Oriental Rug Cleaning (“Hadeed”), filed a defamation action against the authors of seven critical reviews it received on Yelp, indicating that the reviews falsely...more

1/22/2014 - Anonymity Defamation Fake Reviews First Amendment Free Speech Internet ISPs Libel Yelp

GoldieBlox and the Three Beastie Boys

It was the ad video gone viral of three young girls proudly showing off their elaborate Rube Goldberg machine made of repurposed pink toys. They sang “it’s time to change, we deserve to see a range” and called for girls “to...more

12/2/2013 - Advertising Beastie Boys Copyright Copyright Infringement Fair Use GoldieBlox

Google Prevails in the Latest Chapter of the Google Books Litigation

On November 15, Judge Chin of the Southern District of New York issued a long-awaited decision in the Google Books case, Authors Guild, Inc. v. Google Inc. Google Books — the project through which Google provides access to...more

11/27/2013 - Author's Guild v Google Class Action Copyright Fair Use Google Google Books Infringement The Copyright Act

Supreme Court Declines Opportunity to Review Test for Copyright Fair Use

After the Second Circuit ruling in Cariou v. Prince, which we wrote about on this blog here, photographer Patrick Cariou felt that the decision was too subjective, calling it an “I know it when I see it” approach for...more

11/19/2013 - Copyright Fair Use SCOTUS

Appropriation Art Alive and Well after Second Circuit Ruling in Cariou v. Prince

Today, the Second Circuit handed down its much anticipated decision in Cariou v. Prince regarding the legality of appropriation art by artist Richard Prince. Just over two years ago, in federal district court in New...more

4/26/2013 - Artists Cariou v Prince Copyright Fair Use Infringement Misappropriation Transformativeness

The Lessons of the "Street View" Imbroglio: Know What Data You Collect and Don't Collect Data You Don't Need

The unintended capture of personal data by Google Street View has resulted in a German Data Commissioner imposing a $189,000 fine on Google this Monday. As anyone who has used Google Maps at the street view level knows,...more

4/25/2013 - Data Collection EU EU Data Protection Laws Google Personally Identifiable Information StreetView

Poland Adopts Heavy Penalties for Telcos Using Cookies without Obtaining "Opt-In" Consent

Poland’s Act amending its Telecommunications Law and Certain Other Laws of November 16, 2012, came into effect on March 22, 2013. The law relates specifically to telecommunications companies, and therefore other sectors such...more

4/5/2013 - Advertising Cookies Data Collection Data Protection EU Notice Requirements Opt-In Opt-Outs Telecommunications

FTC Final Order Prohibits Epic Marketplace From "History Sniffing"

The FTC recently approved a final order settling charges against Epic Marketplace, Inc. (“Epic”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Epic Media Group, LLC. This action against Epic is another step in the FTC’s continuing efforts to...more

3/26/2013 - Advertising Behavioral Advertising Browser History Sniffing Cookies Data Collection Epic Media Group FTC Web Tracking

FTC Settlement Restricts Use of Web Tracking Technology

On February 20th, after a period for public comment, the FTC approved a final order settling charges against Compete, Inc., a market research company that collects online data for the purpose of developing and selling reports...more

2/28/2013 - Compete Inc. Data Collection Data Protection Disclosure Requirements FTC Misrepresentation Personally Identifiable Information Privacy Policy Web Tracking

Google Search and Free Speech

On Thursday, the Federal Trade Commission announced that, after its inquiry of almost two-years, it is ending its antitrust investigation into Google. It finds that Google has not violated antitrust laws in its ordering of...more

1/8/2013 - Commercial Speech Free Speech FTC Google

Leveson on Data Protection in the UK: What Do Allegations of Phone Hacking Have to Do With Data Protection?

The much-anticipated Leveson Inquiry on the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press (“Leveson Report” or “Report”) was released on November 29, 2012. The inquiry leading to the Report was initiated as a response to ongoing...more

12/18/2012 - Data Protection EU Hackers ICO Leveson Report UK Data Protection Act

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