Proskauer - New Media & Technology

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act: More Lessons to Be Learned

Courts continue to struggle with the application of CDA immunity to shield service provider defendants from liability in extreme cases. In this case, the Washington Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, affirmed the lower court’s…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Criminal Law

Clickwrap Agreement Available Only Through Hyperlink Enforceable Under New York Law

Last week, the Southern District of New York followed a long line of precedent under New York law and upheld the enforceability of a website clickwrap agreement, granting a website operator’s motion to compel arbitration…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology

Supreme Court Rejects Google’s Appeal in Java API Dispute

On June 29th, the Supreme Court denied certiorari in Google’s appeal of the Federal Circuit’s 2014 ruling that that the declaring code and the structure, sequence, and organization of 37 Java API packages are entitled to…more
| Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Facial Recognition Technology: Social Media and Beyond, an Emerging Concern

This week, a major self-regulatory initiative intended to address privacy concerns associated with facial recognition technology hit a significant stumbling block. Nine consumer advocacy groups withdrew from the National…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Meeting of the Minds at the Inbox: Some Pitfalls of Contracting via Email

We have had a number of clients run into issues relating to whether or not an email exchange constituted a binding contract. This issue comes up regularly when informality creeps into negotiations conducted electronically,…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Science, Computers, & Technology

New York Releases Final BitLicense Rules

Readers of this blog will know that we have been following the recent legal developments relating to bitcoin and other virtually currency systems. Yesterday, in a significant development reflecting the general maturation of…more
| Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology

Upcoming Summer Blockbuster: Impending Shortage of IPv4 IP Addresses

There is an interesting article in today’s Wall Street Journal about the impending shortage of IPv4 IP addresses (forcing tech companies and cloud providers to scramble to secure the remaining stock for U.S. users) and the IPv6…more
| Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Who Exactly Is a ‘User’ under the DMCA Safe Harbor?

The DMCA was enacted in 1998 to preserve “strong incentives for service providers and copyright owners to cooperate to detect and deal with copyright infringements that take place in a digital networked environment.” As part of…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Emergence of Live Streaming Apps Brings Up Copyright, Privacy, Legal Concerns

The big fight may be over, but the implications of Mayweather vs. Pacquiao with respect to real-time, one-to-many streaming of video through apps like Meerkat and Periscope are still rippling through the media industry. In…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Privacy, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

U.S. Dept. of Commerce Releases Multistakeholder Guidance on DMCA Notice and Takedown Best Practices

On Tuesday, the U.S. Dept. of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force released a guidance containing a list of best practices (and notable “bad” practices), all designed to improve the DMCA’s notice and takedown system for both…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

FCC Adopts Net Neutrality Rules, Reclassifies Broadband Access under Title II

After nearly 4 million public comments, and months of vigorous public, industry, and Congressional debate, the FCC, by a 3-2 vote, approved revised net neutrality rules to “protect the Open Internet.” As expected by the…more
| Communications & Media Law, Elections & Politics, Privacy, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology

Virginia Court Dismisses Webcaster’s Suit Concerning Geofencing Workaround to Copyright Royalty Obligations

We previously wrote about a Virginia federal magistrate judge’s report recommending dismissal of a declaratory judgment action brought by several radio stations asking the court to rule that webcasts limited in scope via…more
| Civil Remedies, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

QVC Sues Shopping App for Web Scraping That Allegedly Triggered Site Outage

Operators of public-facing websites are typically concerned about the unauthorized, technology-based extraction of large volumes of information from their sites, often by competitors or others in related businesses. The…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Personal Injury, Business Torts, Science, Computers, & Technology

Music Publishers Bring Contributory Copyright Claims Against ISP for Infringing Activities of Subscribers

In a novel lawsuit that tests the bounds of service provider liability, two music publishers brought suit against an ISP for contributory copyright infringement for allegedly facilitating infringement by failing to terminate the…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

California Supreme Court Denies Review of Ruling Allowing Restaurant Owner’s False Advertising Claims to Proceed Against Yelp

On November 12, 2014, the California Supreme Court denied review of the California Court of Appeals decision in Demetriades v. Yelp, Inc., 2014 WL 3661491 (Cal. App. July 24, 2014), which allowed a restaurant owner to proceed…more
| Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Personal Injury
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