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Contact: Richard Balough

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Courts Must Look to Each Infringement for Copyright Statute of Limitations

Determining whether a copyright cause of action falls within the three-year statute of limitations requires looking to see if any infringement occurred during the three years prior to the filing date of the case, the Seventh…more
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Failure to Take Steps to Protect Trade Secrets Fatal to Breach Claim

A company that designed an enclosure for electronic tablets cannot sue a manufacturer with whom it shared the design pursuant to a confidentiality agreement because the disclosing company failed to take reasonable measures to…more
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Parents May Be Liable for Son's Fake Facebook Page

The parents of a 13-year-old may be liable for negligence by failing to compel their son to remove a fake Facebook page that remained online for nearly a year, when the Facebook page contained libelous, racist, and sexual…more
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Company Says President Obama's MyRA Infringes on its Trademark

A company that markets self-direct individual retirement accounts has filed an unfair competition and trademark infringement action against the United States over the use of the term “myRA” for the starter savings account…more
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No Privacy Expectation or Defamation for TV Reporter For Poolside Video

A television reporter videotaped in her halter top at the pool of a person of interest in a notorious missing person case cannot sue a rival station for defamation, invasion of privacy, or the loss of her job, an Illinois…more
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Sirius XM Playing Pre-1972 Songs Violates California Copyright Statute

Two of the founders of The Turtles won a summary judgment on the issue of liability against Sirius XM Radio Inc., finding the satellite service liable because it did not have the right to broadcast the band’s original…more
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FTC Shuts Down Bitcoin Mining Equipment Provider

For some miners of Bitcoins who got the shaft from Butterfly Labs, the Federal Trade Commission offered some solace by obtaining a court order to shut down the company and freezing its assets. The FTC sued BF Labs, Inc.,…more
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CDA No Bar to Claim for Negligent Failure to Warn Website Users

A claim that a website negligently failed to warn users about sexual predators contacting and raping women who used the site is not barred by the Communications Decency Act (CDA), the Ninth Circuit found. The appellate court…more
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TinyCo Violated COPPA with Its Kids' Mobile App

TinyCo, Inc. got into big trouble with the Federal Trade Commission for collecting email addresses from children under 13 who used the company’s kid’s mobile apps. The company, which offers mobile apps for free download from…more
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What Was Left of Mayor’s Image Not Enough for Copyright Infringement

The image of the Madison, Wisconsin mayor on tee shirts and tank tops was so altered that not enough of the underlying photograph remained to support a copyright infringement lawsuit, the Seventh Circuit found. The tee shirts…more
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Getty Hits Microsoft with Copyright Infringement Action for Bing Widget

The Bing Image Widget had a short fling on the Internet before a copyright infringement lawsuit by Getty Images caused Microsoft to take the widget down. The widget, which was released on August 22, 2014, allows website…more
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Google Must Refund Unauthorized In-App Charges Made by Children

Google, Inc. must pay back to customers at least $19 million in unauthorized charges incurred by children using mobile apps downloaded from the Google Play app store for Android mobile devices. The payment settles a complaint…more
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Brilliantly Drafted Contract Not Enough to Make Fed Ex Drivers Independent Contractors

FedEx Ground delivery drivers are employees, not independent contractors, under California’s labor laws, the Ninth Circuit found, reversing a summary judgment for the delivery service. The drivers filed suit for employment…more
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New Illinois Law Prohibits Deceptive Patent Troll Communications

Patent trolls will need to provide basic information to Illinois businesses concerning the patent in question and how the patent is being infringed beginning in January 2015 as the result of new legislation signed into…more
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Hyperlink Fails to Give Reasonable Notice of Terms of Use

A hyperlink to the terms of use on the bottom left-hand corner of every page in close proximity to the buttons a user must click to complete an online purchase is not sufficient for constructive notice to bind the user to the…more
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