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Venture Capital Coast-to-Coast – January 2015

Concern over higher valuations? Apparently not, as $59 billion invested in 2014 breaks the post-crisis record. LPs also set a post-crisis record with $32 billion in commitments to U.S.-based VC funds. PitchBook Data, Inc.,...more

Energy & Commerce Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Data Security and Breach Notification; FTC Releases “Internet of Things” Report

Tuesday, the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held its first hearing of the 114th Congress, entitled “What Are the Elements of Sound Data Breach Legislation?”...more

Congress Begins Discussing Cybersecurity – For Real This Time

Legislators from the House of Representatives will begin work today on figuring out how to protect American companies from cybersecurity breaches.  The panel will host comments from the retail, tech, and marketing industry...more

FDA Issues Guidance for Low-Risk General Wellness Products

On January 20, 2015, the FDA issued draft guidelines designed to give developers whose products and applications promote healthy lifestyles (so-called “general wellness products”) direction on when such products qualify as...more

The New “Click-Through”?: New York Budget Proposal Requires Marketplace Providers to Collect Tax

On January 21, Governor Cuomo delivered his State of the State address, along with proposing the new budget. The budget has a number of new tax proposals. One of those proposals would have a significant impact on e-commerce...more

Two-Factor Authentication Is a Necessity for Companies

It seems as though every other week brings news of a new social media hack. Last week, Crayola had hackers post inappropriate content on its Facebook page, and the official Twitter feed of U.S. military's Central Command was...more

Mobile Wi-Fi Bumps Up Against NIMBY

Hey, What Happened to My Internet Connection? - In February 2013, a guest who stayed at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission,...more

Apple Pay and Google Wallet: Mobile Payment Going Mainstream

When Apple announced on September 9, 2014 that the iPhone 6 would be equipped with a mobile payment system appropriately called Apple Pay, the entire mobile payment universe woke up. Although competitors had existed for...more

Turkish Parliament Approves E-Commerce Law

Turkey’s Parliament has approved Law No. 6563 on the Regulation of Electronic Commerce (Law) aimed at creating a more secure, transparent and accessible e-commerce environment. The Law is expected to come into force 1 May...more

China Regulatory Enforcement Quarterly - Noteworthy developments and insights from the fourth quarter of 2014

In This Issue: - Executive Summary - PRC Legal and Regulatory Updates - Major Enforcement News - The Pharmaceutical Blacklist: A Look Back - After One Year - PRC Anti-Corruption 101 - Frequently Asked...more

US Implements Measures to Liberalize Cuba Sanctions and Export Controls

On January 16, 2015, the United States amended existing regulations to implement the changes announced by President Obama on December 17, 2014, liberalizing US sanctions and export controls targeting Cuba. As a result, the US...more

Protecting Against Cyber Risk - A Primer on Cyber Insurance

There was no shortage of stories about massive data breaches in 2014 and things likely won't slow down in 2015. As these stories continue to grow in number, corporate America has started to explore ways to insure against this...more

Reminder: CASL’s Software Installation Provisions Took Effect on January 15, 2015

Phase 2 of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) relating to the installation of computer programs will come into force on January 15, 2015. Commonly referred to as the malware prohibition, CASL goes far beyond prohibiting...more

California Bans Nondisparagement Clauses in Consumer Contracts

The “Yelp” Bill impacts any entity or person doing business with consumers in California. Those who are fans of writing product or service reviews for sites such as Yelp will be pleased that California law just made it much...more

When Scientific Research Becomes False Advertising

Positive results of scientific research on a company’s products can provide a tempting topic for advertising and promotion. If an article published in a well-established, peer-reviewed journal says that your company’s...more

Canada’s Anti-Spam Law – A Step by Step Guide on how it applies to Apps and Software

Canada’s new anti-spam law targets more than just spam. CASL also targets malware, and it has a very broad reach. CASL prohibits installing a “computer program” – including an app, software, or other executable data – on a...more

FCC Proposal for Internet Video Programming Could Threaten Cable Franchise Fees

The Federal Communications Commission, in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking released this month, requested public input about whether it should classify certain Internet-based video programmers as “multichannel video...more

Top five shifts in Internet law in 2014

Internet law is always changing. Here’s my impressionistic list of five of the most significant 2014 shifts affecting businesses that operate in the Internet space. David Letterman will be off the air soon, so I won’t follow...more

Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL) applies to Software January 15

Earlier this year we told you that Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL) is not just for Canadians. CASL is also not just about “spam”. Effective January 15, 2015, CASL applies to the installation of “computer programs” –...more

Internet Licensing - The Licensing Journal, Vol. 34, No. 10, Pg 29–31

Implementing and Enforcing Online Terms of Use - Operators of social media platforms and other Web sites must manage a large number of risks resulting from their interactions with users. In an effort to maintain a...more

Marriott Fined $600,000 For Wi-Fi Jamming

On October 3, 2014, Marriott International entered into a consent decree with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) where Marriott agreed to pay a $600,000 fine for jamming conference guests' Wi-Fi hotspots at the...more

Dot Sucks: A Battle Between Trademark Rights and Free speech

When the organization responsible for assigning domain names announced several years ago that it would expand the generic top level domain name system from the previous 21 to an unlimited number, brand owners knew their legal...more

Does YOUR Website Have to be Accessible Under the Americans with Disabilities Act?

Is the internet a place of public accommodation: a virtual town hall or a virtual shopping mall or a virtual movie theater? Courts still struggle with that....more

On the Fifth Day of Privacy, California (and Delaware) gave to me

sing it with me now…. Five Golden Rules…….(well, five new privacy laws/requirements) There are five significant new privacy laws/amendments that will be effective as of New Year’s Day — January 1, 2015 — and...more

Legal Considerations for Web Based Start-Ups

Mobile Internet usage is predicted to grow faster in the next few years, making online or web based businesses great opportunities. A leading forecaster found that global mobile internet usage leapt from 14 percent to 25...more

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