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Face Value: An Allegedly Co-Opted Photograph Turns into a $2.2 Billion Headache for Chipotle

Because celebrities closely guard their names and likenesses, lawsuits claiming high-dollar amounts for violations of those rights are not unusual. But a lawsuit for $2.2 billion dollars for a non-celebrity claiming a restaurant…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law

Do Not Wait until Mid-Stream to Revisit Content Sharing Agreements

As more and more content that has traditionally only been offered over-the-air, through cable, or on satellite becomes increasingly available via the internet, television content providers must take care in scrutinizing their…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law

Does the Fair Use Exception Shield Ivanka Trump from Artists Who Want Nothing to Do with Her?

Much has been written about how the Trump family uses their name to market their own businesses, but the Trumps are equally gifted at trading on others’ notoriety to promote themselves and their businesses. Consider the tweets…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

News of Note for the Internet-Minded

Virtual reality takes to the air and rests beneath your feet, a smart toy and a weaponized GIF inspire lawsuits (separately), Slack invests in bots, and more! - Will virtual reality on planes make trips more enjoyable?…more
| Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

“Life Is Short. Settle with the FTC” – The Cost of Ashley Madison’s 2015 Data Breach

On December 14, 2016, operators of online extramarital dating and social networking website AshleyMadison.com came to an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission, and several States, to settle FTC and related state charges…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

The Freedom to Yelp: Congress Curbs ToS Overreach

Worried about a company retaliating against you when you post a negative review on Yelp or TripAdvisor? Worry no longer because Congress has your back. Last week, Congress passed a law that will make it illegal for companies to…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Communications & Media Law

FriendFinder Data Breach Exposes 400 million+ Accounts

FriendFinder Networks is a company in the adult entertainment, social networking, and online dating space. Several databases from FriendFinder Networks web sites with more than 412 million accounts, including usernames, e-mails,…more
| Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

The FBI Dips into Twitter’s Data Stream

Following up on our earlier post regarding the Era of Hashtag Surveillance, the FBI has published documents indicating that it intends to enter into a deal with a Twitter data miner, appropriately named Dataminr (and partially…more
| Communications & Media Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

When It Comes to the DMCA, a Red Flag Becomes Harder to Fly

It is unlikely that when Stephanie Lenz posted a home video of her children dancing to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” on YouTube, she could have anticipated that, nearly a decade later, she would be seeking U.S. Supreme Court review…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

The FTC Offers Businesses Tips on How to Respond to a Data Breach

It seems like managing data breaches has become a part of doing business these days. From the October denial of service attack on Dyn (a company that provides core internet services to companies like Twitter, Spotify and…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Business Organizations, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

#BigBrother and the Era of Hashtag Surveillance

Earlier this month, the ACLU published a report alleging that it had obtained public records showing that social media user data such as location tracking, photos and hashtag usage may have been used by law enforcement to…more
| Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Augmented Reality, and the Inevitable Regulations, Go!

Well before Pokémon Go burst onto the mobile gaming scene in July, we had written about some of the pitfalls associated with AR gaming. When the game netted some 45 million daily users in just a few weeks, we talked about…more
| Communications & Media Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

The Musical Twitter Bot: Who Has the Copyright for AI-Facilitated Works?

Tweet nicely to the Twitter bot, “LnH: The Band”—a newcomer in artificial intelligence music generation—and the bot will automatically compose melodies for you. The AI-based band is “currently working on their first album,”…more
| Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Location Disservices? Protecting against the Inherent Cybersecurity Risks of Geotagging

In this political season, much has been made about late-night Twitter rants targeting women and other social media attacks on individuals and celebrities. Although these harsh online critiques create a more hostile cyber…more
| Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Social Media Platforms and a Company’s Right to Free Expression

Political campaigns have increasingly turned to social media as a channel to reach voters. Social media not only has the power to reach audiences numbering in the billions, but it also has the power to change the behavior of its…more
| Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Elections & Politics
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