Pillsbury Social Media, Entertainment & Technology Team

Angie’s List Accuses Amazon of Home Improvement Hijinks

Even freed from bricks and mortar, online retailers and service providers are realizing that market share is not infinite. A complaint recently filed by Angie’s List Inc. against Amazon Local LLC for its newly launched online…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Business Torts, Science, Computers, & Technology

Social Media Adds Kick to Beer-Themed Trademark Battle

As social media and the numerous platforms continue their exponential growth in popularity and constant evolvement, legal issues surrounding their use also will inevitably emerge. A recent case filed in the Western District of…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Uber is Driving an Unknown Road: How Certain App Features Can Help

Last Friday, Homejoy—a startup that provided on-demand house cleaners—announced that it will be shutting down at the end of July. In an interview with Re/Code, Homejoy’s CEO attributed its fall to the recent Uber decision,…more
| Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law, Science, Computers, & Technology, Transportation

b Spot Named Top Start-Up by TieCon

Congratulations to b Spot, a licensed mobile games community that lets adults legally wager and win cash in the US, which has been named a TiE50 Start Up for 2015. After screening 2,716 companies worldwide, then narrowing down…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Around the Virtual World: May 4 – 8, 2015

A weekly wrap up of interesting news about virtual worlds, virtual goods, and other social media. In This Issue: - Goldman a Lead Investor in Funding Round for Bitcoin Startup Circle - Hands-on With…more
| Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology

Bitcoin Exchange Receives First License in New York State

The New York Times reports that New York State’s top financial regulator has granted the first license to a Bitcoin exchange, allowing it to open legally to customers across the country…more
| Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology

Five Things to Know about New Jersey’s Taxation of Convertible Virtual Currency

On March 10, 2015, the New Jersey Division of Taxation issued Technical Advisory Memorandum TAM-2015-1, explaining its policy regarding convertible virtual currency. The IRS has held that convertible virtual currency (CVC), such…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology, Taxation

Around the Virtual World: April 6 – 10, 2015

A weekly wrap up of interesting news about virtual worlds, virtual goods, and other social media. In This Issue: - Will Doctors Soon Prescribe Video Games? - 5 ways the Postal Service could save money with…more
| Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

Nintendo moves towards mobile gaming

This week, Nintendo shocked the gaming industry when it announced a partnership with DeNA, a company that makes free-to-play games for mobile phones. Historically, Nintendo has been resistant to releasing their well-known games…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law

Virginia Serious Game Institute Calls for Applications for Entrepreneurs in Simulation, Modeling and Serious Game Design

Each year, the Virginia Serious Game Institute invites applicants to reside in the business incubator located on the George Mason University - Prince William Campus in Prince William County, Virginia. Each application requires…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Education, Science, Computers, & Technology

California Virtual Currency Legislation

On February 27, 2015, California Assemblyman Matt Dababneh, chairman of the state's Banking and Finance Committee, introduced Assembly Bill 1326, which would prohibit a person from engaging in California in the business of…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology

Bitcoin Game Changer?

Former Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, BNP Paribas and Societe Generale bankers have announced a new futures and options derivatives-trading platform for bitcoin. The derivatives, tied to the price of bitcoin, will enable…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

Colorado Bill Targets Internet Sweepstakes Cafés and Similar Establishments

Colorado House Bill 1047 would make internet sweepstakes cafés illegal under Colorado law. The law declares that internet sweepstakes cafés and similar establishments in which simulated gambling devices are used to award prizes…more
| Administrative Law, Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

California Still Unsure About Bitcoin Regulation

Unlike New York, Kansas, and Texas, which have either published proposed regulations or formal guidance, some states, such as California, have indicated that they are still trying to determine whether Bitcoin and other virtual…more
| Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology

Not So Silky Road

The founder of Silk Road, the black market website where illegal goods were bought with bitcoin, was found guilty on all 7 counts, including money laundering, drug trafficking and computer hacking. While this is an unfortunate…more
| Communications & Media Law, Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology
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