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Virtual Porn – Real Patent Lawsuit

The porn industry is often one of the early adopters for new technologies. VR is no exception. Virtual Immersion Technologies LLC is enforcing its patent against live VR porn operators. The patent 6,409,599 (“the ’599...more

Copyright Alert: The European Union Exposes Websites to Copyright Liability for Linking to Infringing Material of Third Parties

The Court of Justice of the European Union ruled on September 8, 2016 that websites that merely link to infringing material (instead of copying it) can be liable for copyright infringement. If this decision, GS Media BV v....more

Supplement Marketer Settles FTC’s Negative Option-Related Lawsuit

Nutritional supplement marketer, NutraClick, has entered into a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), ending a lawsuit that the agency initiated for alleged violations of the Federal Trade Commission Act and...more

Federal Court Holds That Casino In Video Game App Is Not A Gambling Device

A Federal court in Illinois dismissed a class action lawsuit against Machine Zone, Inc. Machine Zone is the maker of the popular “Game of War” mobile app. Although the app can be downloaded for free, a portion of the game,...more

Split D.C. Circuit Panel Upholds NLRB: DirecTV Violated NLRA By Terminating Technicians For Statements Made During A News...

In a 2-1 ruling in DirecTV Inc. v. National Labor Relations Board, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit affirmed the NLRB’s ruling that DirecTV must reinstate technicians who were terminated for complaining about a...more

Privacy Tip #53 – Valuable Lesson: Don’t Write Down Passwords

I have been doing a lot of live employee training lately. I really enjoy it, and have been told that it is some of the most entertaining training around. The reason why I can get the audience to laugh is because I tell real...more

CFPB announces enforcement actions against auto title lenders

The CFPB announced that it has filed administrative enforcement actions against five Arizona auto title lenders for alleged violations of Truth in Lending Act advertising requirements. According to the CFPB, the lenders...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Financial Industry Developments - OCC Discusses Marketplace Lending - On September 13, 2016, Comptroller of the Currency Thomas J. Curry discussed marketplace lending's risks and associated policy questions. He...more

Microsoft and Partners Seek FCC Approval to Use TV White Spaces to Extend E-Rate-Supported Broadband Services to Close the...

A potential solution to the so-called “homework gap” – otherwise known as the limited ability of low-income students in rural or underserved areas to access a broadband connection at home – is the subject of a petition...more

Trademarks, Service Marks, and Trade Dress: Key Facts and Pitfalls to Avoid

The Difference Between a Trademark, Service Mark, and Trade Dress. A trademark is any word, term, phase, symbol, logo, design, shape, tag line, background, color, scent, sound, device, or combination thereof that...more

Manatt Digital - September 2016

Digital Health Continues to Grow - Investment into the digital health market topped $4.5 billion in 2015, and we are seeing an acceleration of investment in 2016. According to StartUp Health, investment into the digital...more

Advanced Copyright Issues on the Internet

During recent years, the Internet has become the basic foundational infrastructure for the global movement of data of all kinds. With continued growth at a phenomenal rate, the Internet has moved from a quiet means of...more

FTC Cracking Down on Influencer Marketers and Their Clients

In recent months, the media has been reporting on increased regulatory activity involving the Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC” or “Commission”) and the sellers that hire non-compliant influencer marketers. What can...more

Advertising Law - September 2016 #3

Consumer Groups Urge FTC Action on Influencers - Consumer groups are urging the Federal Trade Commission to review comments by social media influencers for possible violations of the agency's guidance regarding...more

Are Your Social Media Fans Cybersecurity Savvy?

Today’s online world is all about engaging and staying connected with others via social media. For businesses, establishing a presence on various social media platforms is an enticing way to connect with current customers as...more

“Follow the Lead” Recap: FTC Summarizes Takeaways from Workshop on Lead Generation

The FTC released last week a paper summarizing and reflecting on its October 30, 2015 public workshop, “Follow the Lead,” which we previously discussed here and focused on lead generation practices and related privacy and...more

Advertising Through Social Media: Ten Tips For FTC & NAD Compliance

Most modern advertising campaigns include social media components. In fact, it is not uncommon today to see products advertised exclusively on social media. For the most part, the same rules that govern traditional...more

Trendy Shoemaker Cannot Slay the Fashion King

Plaintiff LVL XIII Brands Inc. (“LVL XIII”) must not have heard of the old saying: “Never strike a king unless you are sure you shall kill him.” The New York start-up sneaker company decided to take on fashion king Louis...more

Updating EU Copyright Law in Digital Times

On September 14, 2016, the European Commission (Commission) presented the Copyright reform, a legislative “Package” to promote a “more competitive European copyright-based economy in the Digital Single Market” (DSM). In...more

Industry Posts Statement For The Record Ahead Of Big Subcommittee Hearing On “Modernizing” The TCPA

Every day is a big day in TCPA land. Tomorrow is the big hearing entitled, “Modernizing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act” in which the House Communications and Technology Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Greg Walden...more

John Edwards argues before the Texas Supreme Court on important libel case that started in 2003

Houston partner John K. Edwards recently argued before the Texas Supreme Court on behalf of a newspaper and reporter in an important libel case that started in 2003 concerning an article published in a Fort Bend County...more

Snapchat in the workplace: where’s it app?

‘Snapchat is about sharing moments and having fun’ reads the tagline of the mega-app that has the fastest-growing social network in the world. But despite its phenomenal popularity, what potential impact might Snapchat have...more

Using VPN Technology in the UAE: Awareness and Action

There has been much discussion in the media regarding the use of virtual private networks (VPNs) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), triggered by the recently announced Federal Law No. (12) of 2016 (the Amendment), which...more

Panel Set in Crucial Appeal of TCPA Omnibus Ruling

The DC Circuit Court of Appeal has revealed the panel for the ACA, Intl. proceeding challenging the FCC’s oft-criticized 2015 TCPA Omnibus ruling. The judges assigned are Judges Srinivasan, Pillard, and Edwards....more

TCPA Connect - September 2016

SPECIAL FOCUS: Responses to Retail Webinar Attendee Questions - During our hugely successful “Avoiding TCPA Pitfalls: Essential Guidance for Retailers” webinar this summer, we received dozens of questions from attendees,...more

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