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Trump Budget Raises Questions about Approach to Cybersecurity

On Thursday, March 16, 2017, President Trump unveiled his “America First” budget blueprint. One of the most important quandaries for those in the cybersecurity world is how the proposal to reorganize the executive branch to...more

Advertising Law - March 2017 #3

Stop Pulling My Leg: Pully Block Systems Not “Made in USA” - A distributor of pulley block systems agreed to stop making what the Federal Trade Commission said were false, misleading and unsupported claims that its...more

Privacy TIp #79 – Consumer Reports Will Help Us With Privacy + Security of Products

What a great idea! Trusty Consumer Reports has announced that it is collaborating with three cybersecurity firms to “create a new standard that safeguards consumers’ security and privacy—and we hope industry will use...more

Third Circuit Holds Criminal Defendant in Contempt for Refusing to Decrypt Hard Drives

In a precedential ruling, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals this week upheld a lower court’s ruling holding a criminal defendant in contempt for refusing to decrypt two external hard drives that were seized during a child...more

DSM Watch: Germany suggests ramping up regulation of Digital Platforms by establishing a “Digital Agency” with a robust antitrust...

Will Germany establish a “Digital Agency” to monitor compliance with competition law rules in digital markets? Will a German “Digital Antitrust Enforcer” become a role model for a European protectionist approach against...more

Amazon’s Latest Trademark Battle: A Race Against “Chime”

Last month, Amazon Web Services (“AWS”) announced a new application, Amazon Chime, for online meetings, including video and voice conferencing, chat, and screen sharing. Amazon Chime will compete against a crowd of other...more

Digital Divide Deepens: Tech Community Backs Second Circuit in Clash with Magistrates over Reach of U.S. Warrants

The technology community took aim at a recent federal magistrate’s ruling that ordered Google Inc. to comply with search warrants seeking customer emails stored on servers abroad, calling the decision “an impermissible...more

Brexit ahead for TMT …8 months on

Eight months ago, just before the Referendum, I anticipated the implications of a Leave vote for the sector. Today sees the publication of the first results of the Hogan Lovells "Brexometer", which will track the attitudes of...more

gTLD Sunrise Periods Now Open

As first reported in our December 2013 newsletter, the first new generic top-level domains (gTLDs, the group of letters after the "dot" in a domain name) have launched their "Sunrise" registration periods. Please contact us...more

TCPA Connect - March 2017

Defendant’s Calling System Ruled Not an Autodialer - A Telephone Consumer Protection Act defendant successfully persuaded a Michigan federal court judge that its calling system was not an automated dialing system because...more

Congress, FCC Weigh Measures to Repeal ISP Privacy Rules

Last October, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved new privacy rules governing how Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are permitted to use and share its customers’ personal information. The rules have been...more

Email Marketing Attorneys and the FTC Clash Over and Settle Spam Claims

Last week, email marketing lawyers and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) announced a $500,000.00 settlement between the agency and a company offering weight-loss products which were allegedly marketed via email in...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - March 10th, 2017

The Battle of Reports Continues [Short-Term Rentals]. By now, most everyone is likely aware of the AHLA funded study recently conducted by CBRE’s hotel division of Airbnb and its whole-unit / multi-unit hosts. The resulting...more

Photographer hits retailer over photo of player hitting Joey Bats

One of the best sports photographs in recent history captured a 2016 incident where Texas Rangers’ second baseman Rougned Odor hit Toronto Blue Jay José Bautista in the face. That memorable image is at the center of a new...more

German Federal Minister of Justice Introduces New Bill to Eradicate Criminal Content on Social Networks

On 14 March 2017, the German Federal Minister of Justice, Heiko Maas, announced a new bill aimed at improving the application of the law to social networks (Entwurf eines Gesetzes zur Verbesserung der Rechtsdurchsetzung in...more

Hook Me Up: Established and Start-up Competitive Providers Find Common Ground Discussing Broadband Deployment Issues

Consumers today expect high-speed access to content, anytime, anywhere. We often take for granted the ability to leave home, head to work, and travel to many cities, or even across the country, without losing the ability to...more

Uber’s Section 101 Motion to Dismiss Defeated by “Inventive” Ordered Combination

Order Denying Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss, X One, Inc. v. Uber Technologies, Inc., Case No. 16-CV-06050-LHK (Judge Lucy H. Koh) - Uber Technologies, the transportation network giant, recently lost a motion to dismiss a...more

DSM Watch: The new copyright directive – What will happen to the liability privilege of platforms?

Since the first proposals for amendments to the European Commission’s draft copyright directive were leaked earlier this month, we have seen quite some discussion on what the Digital Single Market will bring about. The leaked...more

Impact of the Act No. 2016-1321 Dated 7 Oct. 2016 for a Digital Republic on Online Intermediation Platforms

The French Act No. 2016-1321 of 7 Oct. 2016 for a Digital Republic (the “Digital Republic Act”) amends the existing framework for online intermediation platform created under Article L.111-5-1 of the French Consumer code by...more

MarkIt to Market® | February 2017

The February 2017 issue of Sterne Kessler's MarkIt to Market® discusses navigating the lifecyle of an eponymous brand and lists the new gTLD Sunrise periods. Please see full newsletter below for more information....more

Crossing the Border with Electronics - Helpful Tips and Pitfalls to Avoid

International travelers have been reporting that cell phones, computers, and other communication devices are being seized by Officers of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“USCBP”) branch of the U.S. Department of...more

Google Takes the Driver’s Seat in its Suit against Uber

The accidental push of a “send” button has Google zealously fighting to protect its exclusive driverless car technology. On February 23, 2017, Google’s self-driving car unit, Waymo LLC (“Waymo”), filed a lawsuit in the...more

ZTE Settlement Highlights Broad Extraterritorial Application of U.S. Sanctions and Export Controls to Non-U.S. Companies

On March 7, U.S. authorities settled criminal and civil proceedings involving Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation and certain of its affiliates ("ZTE"). ZTE is the largest publicly traded telecommunications...more

Fiduciary Access To Digital Assets

I don’t need to tell you that social media has become a mainstream way to communicate ideas, photos, and information. Even the President uses this technology as a prime form of expression. Have you considered what happens to...more

Advertising Law - March 2017 #2

Privacy Policy, Notifications Mandatory Under Updated Google Rules - On March 1, Google updated its Play Store policies with a host of changes that took effect on March 15, including a requirement that app developers...more

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