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Ashley Madison Update: Hacked Data Is Off-Limits

On April 29, 2016, Judge Ross issued his ruling on Ashley Madison’s motion for a protective order, prohibiting Plaintiffs from using the leaked documents, reports quoting the leaked documents, and information “stolen from Avid”…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

FTC Guidance: Update Privacy Disclosures to Keep Pace with Advances in Online Tracking

The Federal Trade Commission recognizes that many people benefit from companies’ online tracking by getting advertising that is more targeted to their preferences. However, as the technologies and techniques used by companies…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

News of Note for the Internet-Minded – 4/28/16

Several companies cast an eye toward the Internet of Things, Twitter’s AI gets pretty good at live video, some industry giants get behind the driverless car, and more … Samsung launches a place in the cloud just for…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Do Kanye’s Words Speak Louder than Tidal’s TOS?

A Chicago law firm has challenged Jay-Z and Kanye West, filing a class action complaint for violations of the California Business & Professions Code, fraudulent inducement and unjust enrichment in the Northern District of…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Business Torts

From Ashley Madison to the Panama Papers: Is Hacked Data Fair Game?

We’ve previously written about the distinctions between hacking credit and other financial data in comparison to hacking private information. (See Ashley Madison and Coming to “Terms” with Data Protection.) The issue of how much…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

The Department of Commerce Wants to Get a Handle on the Internet of Things

It’s apparent by now that along with an expected economic impact of billions or even trillions of dollars, the Internet of Things (IoT) also brings with it a host of security, health and policy concerns…more
| Communications & Media Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Rehearing Denial Leaves ITC’s Jurisdiction Tethered to the Material World

Last week, the en banc Federal Circuit declined to rehear its November 10, 2015, decision in ClearCorrect v. ITC, 2014-1527, leaving the U.S. International Trade Commission’s (ITC) Section 337 jurisdiction to “material things”…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Google and Oracle Agree to Ban Internet Research on Jurors … this Time Around

In a March 25, 2016 Order, Judge William Alsup of the Northern District of California gave Google and Oracle the choice between agreeing to a ban on conducting Internet and social media research on jurors until the trial is…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

The Dancing Baby Returns: Computer Algorithms, Good Faith and Fair Use

In “The Case of Prince, a Dancing Baby and the DMCA Takedown Notice,” we discussed the potential impact of the Ninth Circuit decision in Lenz v. Universal Music Corp., 801 F.3d 1126 (2015), a.k.a. the “dancing baby case,” in…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Rolls-Royce & the Rapper: Social Media Activity Helps Decide a Trademark Tussle

We recently wrote about a musician who got into some trouble with a court by using social media to flaunt images of hundred dollar bills after he had filed for bankruptcy. Now, an Atlanta-based rapper known as Rolls Royce Rizzy…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Google Searches & Jury Selection: What Role Should Social Media Have in Voir Dire?

We have written previously about the role of traditional discovery roles in “newer” platforms, and how social media content can be discoverable and used in litigation. What about using information from social media in jury…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law

News of Note for the Internet-Minded – 3/18/16

Intel and Sony give us an idea of the future of virtual reality; Google goes shopping in the cloud; the FBI warns consumers about car hacking; the Internet of Thing’s language problem; and more……more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Patent Seekers for Card Games Get Dealt a Bad Hand

The U.S. Patent Office has long granted patents on new card games, but the path for patenting card games was narrowed by a Federal Circuit ruling last Thursday. In In Re Smith, the Federal Circuit Court ruled that patent claims…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

News of Note for the Internet-Minded – 3/9/16

A virtual reality refresher course; Google and privacy concerns; Snapchat visits the dugout; WeChat has some homework for Chinese student; and more……more
| Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Fox News & Fair Use: How Transformed Does Reposted Content Need to Be?

At its heart, social media’s purpose is sharing content; however, fair use can only take one so far. A recent case serves as yet another reminder to exercise caution when reposting content, and that, in a litigious society, it…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property
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