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No surprises as CJEU upholds website blocking injunctions

The Court of Justice of the European Union (the CJEU) last week upheld the system of website blocking injunctions in place in Austria, following a reference from the Austrian Supreme Court in the case of UPC Telekabel v...more

The Umpire Strikes Back: European Court Rules That ISPs Can Be Forced to Block Pirate Websites

On March 27, 2014, the highest court in the European Union—the Court of Justice for the European Union (CJEU)—decided that copyright owners have the right to seek injunctions against Internet service providers (ISPs)...more

Supreme Court Corner - Q1 2014

OCTANE FITNESS V. ICON HEALTH & FITNESS* - Patent: Argument: February 26, 2014 - Issue: Whether the Federal Circuit’s two-part test for determining whether a case is “exceptional” under 35 U.S.C. § 285 – that it...more

Providing Cell Phone Number To Register Membership Gives TCPA Consent for Text Message

A consumer who voluntarily provides a cell phone number when registering online for membership has given “prior express consent” under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to receive a text message containing...more

French Courts Ordered to Block and Delist 16 Streaming Websites

Last November, French courts have, for the first time, ordered to block entire video streaming websites based on specific laws against copyright infringement (Hadopi 2009 laws1). To some authors, this decision is questionable...more

Internet Platform Held Liable for Counterfeit Sales in a Departure from eBay Case — Hope for Brand Owners

Luxury brand owner Richemont International Ltd. (“Richemont”) scored an important victory against online counterfeiting this month when the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California granted summary judgment...more

September 2013: Trademark/Copyright Litigation Update - Ninth Circuit Affirms District Court Denial of Preliminary Injunction in...

On July 24, 2013, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals weighed in for the first time in the closely-watched copyright infringement and breach of contract dispute between satellite TV provider Dish Networks and Fox Broadcasting...more

Private or Public? The Developing Circuit Split on Internet TV Retransmission

It appears that a Circuit split is developing on the issue of whether Internet services that transmit network television programs are engaged in a transmission to the public in violation of the networks’ copyrights. The...more

HIPAA Marketing Rules Prompt First Amendment Challenge

In what is believed to be the first legal challenge to the HIPAA Omnibus Rule (the “Rule”), a vendor of prescription drug adherence services is seeking an injunction to block certain provisions of the Rule related to drug...more

New Remedies For Cyberbullying In Nova Scotia

Provisions of the Nova Scotia Cyber-safety Act came into force today, as announced by the Minister of Justice of Nova Scotia....more

Infringing Copyright? Think Twice Before Removing the Copyright Notice–It Could be Deemed “Copyright Management Information” Under...

A simple copyright notice (e.g., “© [Year of First Publication] [Owner]”) on a website can imply an assertion of ownership in individual elements of the website and constitute “copyright management information” under the...more

High Court confirms that operators of a live sports indexing website infringe FAPL’s copyright

Following high-profile injunctions awarded last year against the major ISPs requiring them to block access to peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing sites Newzbin2 and The Pirate Bay, in a new site blocking decision delivered on 16...more

Seventh Circuit Upholds Privacy Class Action under Federal Law

In a notable decision that may lead to an increase in privacy class actions under federal law, the Seventh Circuit in Harris v. comScore, Inc. upheld the certification of a class action for alleged privacy violations under...more

Massachusetts Jury Finds Violation of Stored Communications Act and Massachusetts Privacy Laws

In January 2011, David Cheng (Plaintiff) filed a lawsuit against his former co-worker and fellow radiologist, Laura Romo (Defendant), alleging a violation of the Stored Communications Act (SCA) and Massachusetts privacy law....more

Facebook v. Typosquatters: Damages and Domains Awarded Under Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act

On April 30, 2013, Magistrate Judge Westmore recommended that the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California award Facebook $2.8 million in damages from typosquatters under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection...more

Illinois Federal Court Certifies Considerable Class In Data Company Privacy Suit

On April 2, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois certified a class of individuals who downloaded and installed tracking software created and operated by a data company and distributed by one 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

Gatekeepers And Online Defamation

The scourge of online defamation poses enforcement challenges for victims. So much so that there may be a temptation to begin looking for gatekeepers. The direction of the law appears to be ready to assist....more

New FTC Advertising Guidelines Are Worth a Review

In a recent post, I discussed how a company could be liable for referencing a third-party’s unbiased endorsement if, unbeknownst to that company, the basis for the endorsement turned out to be unjustified. In another...more

Advertising News & Analysis - March 14, 2013

In this issue: - FTC’s .com Disclosures: New Media Still Subject to Old Rules - Paper, Plastic...or Mobile? FTC Issues Report on Mobile Payments - Why So Negative on Negative Option? - Cy Pres...more

Preemption: The Cure for the Common Claim?

Although the landscape of the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) preemption of private Surgeon General class action claims continues to shift under our feet in California, first with POM and recently with this case,...more

On-Line Privacy: The FTC Snuffs Out A “History Sniffer”

Most people seem to know that on-line browsing does not occur in a vacuum. As we browse the Web the sites we visit send “cookies” to our browsers that allow those sites to recognize us and keep track of our activity on them....more

Court Tackles Copyright Issue of "Throwback" NFL Uniforms in Video Games

Many video game creators go to great lengths to ensure that their games are highly realistic. Weapons, sound effects, uniforms, athletic abilities, locations, logos and other details are often copied from the real world and...more

Does the Communications Decency Act Protect Human Trafficking?

The State of Texas may find out and it may be more applicable to your site than you think. In early filing for the 2013 legislative session, Democratic state Senator Leticia Van de Putte proposed a bill aimed at stopping at...more

Who Owns a LinkedIn Account?

A Federal District Court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania recently addressed the issue of ownership of an employers LinkedIn account created by a former employee....more

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