Susan McLean

Susan McLean

Morrison & Foerster LLP

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Copyright: Europe Explores its Boundaries - Part 3: “Meltwater” - EU rules that browsing does not need a licence - a victory for...

On 5 June 2014 the European Court of Justice (CJEU) published its decision in the “Meltwater” Case C-360/13, (Public Relations Consultations Association Ltd (PRCA) v Newspaper Licensing Agency Ltd (NLA) and Others). In a...more

7/15/2014 - CJEU Copyright Copyright Infringement Internet

Consumer Rights and Wrongs: Are You Ready for the New EU Consumer Contracts Rules?

From 13 June 2014, the consumer rights landscape in Europe will change. The EU Consumer Rights Directive (2011/83/EU) (the “CRD”) was introduced in 2011 with the aim of harmonising and simplifying consumer protection...more

7/11/2014 - Consumer Rights Directive EU New Legislation

Socially Aware - Volume 5, Issue 4 - July 2014

In This Issue: - European Court of Justice Strengthens the Right to Be Forgotten - California AG Offers Best Practices for Do Not Track Disclosures; Crucial Compliance Questions Left Unanswered - Snap...more

7/11/2014 - Data Protection Do Not Track ECJ EU FTC Internet Personally Identifiable Information Privacy Policy Right to Be Forgotten SnapChat Social Media

Google Glass into Europe - A Small Step or a Giant Leap?

Google Glass (“Glass”) is the most high profile of the new wearable technologies that commentators predict will transform how we live and work. Until now, the Android-powered glasses were only available in the U.S....more

6/30/2014 - Google Google Glass UK Wearable Technology

Copyright: Europe Explores its Boundaries Part 2: New UK Infringement Exceptions - The Ones That Got Away (and Came Back Again)

In 2011 the Hargreaves Review stated that in some respects UK copyright law had failed to “keep up with technological and social change”, and recommended that the UK implement all of the copyright infringement exceptions...more

6/13/2014 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Exceptions UK

“Do You Want to Know a Secret?” The Risks Posed by Anonymous Social Apps

First we had social media platforms, but recently a variety of “anti-social” media platforms have emerged—well, anti-social in a sense. For years, social media platforms have encouraged (or even, in some cases, required) us...more

6/13/2014 - Anonymity Mobile Apps Mobile Privacy Privacy Concerns Social Networks Whistleblowers

New UK Intellectual Property Act 2014: Better by design?

On 14May 2014, the UK Government introduced a new Intellectual Property Act 2014 (the “Act”). The Act, which focuses on patents and design rights, is intended to modernise intellectual property law to help UK businesses...more

6/12/2014 - Design Patent Patent Reform Patents UK

Socially Aware - Volume 4, Issue 2 - December 2013

In This Issue: Peering Into the Future: Google Glass and the Law; Ownership of Business-Related Social Media Accounts; Two Circuits Address the First Amendment Status of Facebook Activity; Collaborative Consumption –...more

12/23/2013 - Advertising Behavioral Advertising First Amendment Google Google Glass Internet Technology Terms of Use

Collaborative Consumption – Is It Good to Share?

Peer-to-peer (“P2P”) business models based on the Internet and technology platforms have become increasingly innovative. As such models have proliferated, they frequently result in clashes with regulators or established...more

11/8/2013 - AirBnB Car Sharing CPUC EU FTC Lyft Peer-to-Peer Sharing Economy Social Media Uber

Recent UK Court Rulings on Employees’ Use of LinkedIn

Following our post on U.S. lawsuits concerning the ownership of LinkedIn and Twitter accounts, we report on a recent United Kingdom High Court ruling that considered who was entitled to operate four LinkedIn Groups, and other...more

11/7/2013 - LinkedIn Social Media Policy UK

Behind the Curve – Are Legal & Regulatory Concerns Preventing UK Financial Service Companies from Fully Harnessing Social Media?

Today’s consumers want to engage in a new way with the companies from which they buy goods and services. Although some UK financial services organisations are leading the way in terms of their use of social media, on the...more

8/26/2013 - Financial Regulatory Reform Financial Services Authority Social Media UK

New Guidance From UK Privacy Regulator on Social Networking and Online Forums

Businesses are increasingly using social networks and online forums for marketing, recruiting, customer service, branding and PR purposes. The UK privacy regulator, the Information Commissioner (ICO), has recently published...more

8/22/2013 - Data Protection ICO Personally Identifiable Information Social Media UK

Beware the Botnets: Cyber-Security is a Board Level Issue

Today, you would be hard pressed to find an organisation that does not use IT systems and the internet to conduct its business. While technology offers great benefits, it also brings risk. As technology becomes ever more...more

8/21/2013 - Board of Directors Cybersecurity EU

Monitoring Your Own Behaviour – Guidance for Insurers on the Use of Telematics

As businesses across the economic spectrum seek to develop personalized pricing strategies, the insurance sector continues to lead the way with renewed impetus behind telematics-based insurance offerings. As...more

6/24/2013 - Auto Insurance Brokers Data Processors Distributors EU Infrastructure Insurers Mobile Devices Telematics

Playing Fair? UK’s OFT Investigates Online and App-Based Games

On April 12, 2013, the UK’s Office of Fair Trading (OFT), the UK regulator for consumer affairs and competition, announced that it was launching an investigation into children’s web- and app-based games. In particular, the...more

6/11/2013 - Advertising Children's Products EU Marketing Mobile Apps Online Gaming Video Games

New UK Press Self-Regulation – With a Small Blog Exemption

Following concerns raised by bloggers, the UK government has clarified that small blogs will be exempt from the scope of the new UK press watchdog which is to be introduced as a result of the findings of the Leveson Inquiry....more

6/5/2013 - Blogs Crime and Courts Act EU Exemptions Phone-Hacking Scandal Publishers SPEECH Act

UK: The Latest Social Media Legal Updates

In our May 30, 2012 post on the Socially Aware blog—“Should We All Be Getting the Twitter “Jitters”? Be Careful What You Say Online (Particularly in the United Kingdom)”—we considered a variety of UK laws being used to...more

5/30/2013 - Defamation Defamation Act EU Google Publishers Social Media Twitter

New EU rules on online and alternative dispute resolution - a win/win?

On 22 April 2013, the Council of the European Union (the “Council”) adopted a regulation on online dispute resolution (“ODR”) and a directive on alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”). Tonio Borg, the EU's Commissioner for...more

5/15/2013 - EU Online Dispute Resolution

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