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FBI Issues Alert Following Unprecedented Malware Attack against U.S. Company

Last week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warned U.S. businesses to be alert for a malicious software bug capable of erasing hard drives and crashing networks. Although not specifically mentioned, cybersecurity...more

UK: World Anti-Doping Agency announce global collaboration agreement with Pfizer

On 3 December 2014, the World Anti-Doping Agency (“WADA”) announced a global collaboration agreement with American pharmaceutical corporation Pfizer Inc....more

Manatt Digital Media - November 2014

Cutting of the Cable Bundle, NOT the Cord—Welcome to “The Great Unbundling” - 2014 is a transformative year for the media business. We will look back several years from now and fully realize this. First, anyone...more

Copyright and performance rights in an online video world

We can chalk up another Internet-prompted intellectual property frontier: performance rights. People have been performing for one another for centuries. But suddenly courts are grappling with performance copyright claims,...more

In The New Landscape of TCPA Litigation, No Industry Is Safe

In recent years, the number of private actions filed under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (the “TCPA” or the “Act”) has risen sharply, but perhaps more concerning is that litigants are using the Act to target an...more

Are Internet TV Providers Cable Companies Now?

Last month, in American Broadcasting Companies Inc. v. Aereo, Inc., the Supreme Court ruled that Aereo’s service of streaming broadcast TV over the Internet violated copyrights in the streamed TV shows. Although this ruling...more

GB: What is gambling software?

The Gambling Commission has published a guidance note aimed at assisting the industry determine what constitutes “gambling software” and which entities within a supply chain require a licence from the Gambling...more

Interactive Gaming Incentives in the United States

There’s been a lot of press about places that are unfriendly to gamers or game developers. Authorities in various jurisdictions have attempted to address issues of violence, sex, and gambling, either resident in or allegedly...more

Pennsylvania Tax Developments - A Reed Smith Quarterly Update: May 2014

This is a brief update on recent Pennsylvania tax developments. For more information on any of these developments, contact one of the authors or the Reed Smith State Tax attorney with whom you usually work....more

Ninth Circuit Makes Bad Copyright Law from Bad Facts

In a decision that is already being criticized as “horrific” and “judicial activism,” the Ninth Circuit created copyright protection for an acting performance in a short film for which the actress read from a script and was...more

Massachusetts Tax Developments - A Reed Smith Quarterly Update (4th Quarter 2013)

Welcome to the latest Reed Smith Massachusetts State Tax Quarterly Update. In this update, we’ll take a look back to the developments from the last quarter of 2013, and look ahead to some percolating issues at the Appellate...more

#FashiOnline – Top 5 Giveaways

Thank you to all that attended the #FashiOnline event. There were a lot of attendees and very interesting topics. These are our main 5 giveaways....more

The Garden State Goes Online

On 26 November, online gambling was officially given the green light in the state of New Jersey, in what has been a highly anticipated liberalisation of their gambling market. Pundits and stakeholders alike will be eager to...more

Poland: Proposals to allow monopoly to offer online games

Pursuant to the Gambling Law dated 19 November 2009 (“Law”), the Polish government grants monopoly rights over number games, cash lotteries and telebingo. However, the Law does not specifically refer to the internet and the...more

Legal concepts every social media marketer should know: Part IV - User Generated Content (Content Treasure Trove v. Legal...

Companies are looking for online interaction with customers, a solid presence on social media, and other dynamic ways to connect with potential consumers. Often, this means campaigns and their websites will rely on some form...more

Copyright exhaustion in the US: what the Kirtsaeng and ReDigi decisions tell us about the future of the first sale doctrine and...

The concept of copyright ‘exhaustion’, or the ‘first sale’ doctrine, refers to the principle that once a copyright owner places a copyrighted item in the stream of commerce by selling it, they have exhausted their exclusive...more

Copyright Assignment Termination After 35 Years: The Video Game Industry Comes of Age

A little-known section of the Copyright Act allows designers and developers of video games to terminate copyright assignments granted after January 1, 1978. Section 203 of the Act was intended to give creators of...more

Netherlands: First fine for online gambling company

For the first time ever the Dutch Gambling Authority has sanctioned an online gaming company. Globalstars, a gambling company based on Curacao (The Netherlands Antilles), was fined for 100.000 euros for offering online games...more

Counseling The Modern Music Artist

INDUSTRY IN UPHEAVAL - The average entertainment attorney sits on his or her hands, waiting for the wealthy client to come to the office with a lucrative contract to negotiate. In reality, the attorney must create...more

NFL Doctor’s Role in Concussion Lawsuit May Prompt More to Join Litigation

NFL Doctor’s Role in Concussion Lawsuit May Prompt More to Join Litigation by Anthony Caruso on August 21, 2013 NFL doctor, Elliot Pellman, has served players for several years and made critical decisions about whether...more

The future of gaming video terminals after Supreme Court decision

The Italian Supreme Court held that it is possible for shops to place video terminals (the so called “totem”) connecting to Italian online gaming licensed platforms under the regime in force before the implementation of the...more

Sweden: Proposal for new rules for the protection of online gamblers

The Swedish Gambling Authority (Sw. Lotteriinspektionen) has recently published a proposal for increased protection of online gamblers. In accordance with the proposal, gambling operators will be required to provide detailed...more

Busy Summer in the Gambling Market of Hungary

Introduction - The summer of 2013 may reserve good opportunities for the gambling sector in Hungary as two, somewhat unexpected, changes were introduced last month. The Hungarian Parliament finally adopted the brand...more

The Moment it Clicks: A Deeper Look at the Case Law of Clickwrap and Browserwrap Agreements

Previously, we posted an article on the Top 5 Ways to Help Ensure Your Business has Click-Wrap Agreements that Work. Given the importance of clickwrap and browserwrap when it comes to limiting an online business’ liability,...more

Netherlands: Supplementary regulations enacted as the Dutch regime gains momentum

On July 1 2013, the Ministerial Regulation on promotion, advertising and addiction prevention regarding games of chance ("Regulation") came into effect. With this Regulation, parts of the Decree on promotion, advertising and...more

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