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And the Winner is? Digital Platform Liability for Trademark Infringement

Much has been made of the question of liability for the operation or furnishing of digital platforms in the copyright context. Since the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the provider of the Betamax recorder did not itself...more

Manatt Digital Media - August 2015

So You Want Music in Your Video: 5 Things to Remember so You Don't Get Sued - Last month we received a call from a woman who made an unassuming video of her daughter's wedding and added her favorite song as the musical...more

Caveat Opposer: Preclusion Lurks at the TTAB

Recently, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (the “TTAB”) held that an unsuccessful opposer was precluded from later pursuing a cancellation against the same trademark owner, even though the opposer assumed a different...more

Entertainment and Media Litigation Update

Garcia v. Google: “Doubtful” Copyright Ownership Claim in Film Performance Does Not Outweigh First Amendment Right to Free Speech - Why it matters: In a closely watched case that tests the limits of copyright protection,...more

Amendments to Japan METI Guidelines on Electronic Commerce and Information Property Trading

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI) recently revised the Interpretative Guidelines on Electronic Commerce and Information Property Trading (Guidelines), which apply to all online business operations in...more

Patent Infringement in the Digital Age: How a Dispute About Tooth Aligners Led to a Fight About the ITC’s Jurisdiction over...

The International Trade Commission (“ITC”) is an “independent nonpartisan agency that investigates and reports to the President and Congress on matters concerning import trade, tariffs and trade agreements.” Shewmaker v....more

Websites Required to Post "About Us" Contact Info Under New Florida Law

Effective July 1, 2015, many websites will be required to comply with Florida’s new True Origin of Digital Goods Act. This Act adds Florida to the growing list of states with laws aimed at achieving transparency in online...more

The European Commission’s Scrutiny of Online Platforms – A push for the Digital Single Market

The Digital Single Market - The creation of a Digital Single Market is set to be the new priority for the European Commission (the “EC“). In the past week the Commission has been more vocal about its desire to see more...more

Department of Revenue Issues Proposed Regulation Taxing Digital Streaming Services

The Alabama Department of Revenue has issued a proposed regulation that, if finalized in its present form, would substantially expand the scope of the state and local rental tax applied to video-on-demand and other digital...more

Japan: Significant Changes In Consumption Tax

Raise in Consumption Tax Rate Postponed - On November 18, 2014, Shinzo Abe, the Japanese Prime Minister, officially announced that the increase of the consumption tax rate which was originally planned to occur in October...more

OECD Releases Guidance for Digital Consumer Products

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released Consumer Policy Guidance on Intangible Digital Content Products (Guidance) for protecting online consumers of digital content....more

What Happens to Your Online Content When You Die?

More and more of the music, movies, and books we own exist only online, in digital form. What happens to these collections after the owner dies? Surprisingly, while you may want your heirs to have access to the books, music...more

UK: Copyright- Music industry seeks review of law allowing fans to copy music

The UK Government is facing a Judicial Review challenge over a failure to include compensation provisions in the recently introduced private copying exception to Copyright....more

Idaho Drafting Cloud Computing Regulation in the Wake of H.B. 598

The Idaho Sales Tax Rules Committee is currently revising Rule 027, Computer Equipment, Software, and Data Services, in response to the passage of H.B. 598. The Committee met for the last time on July 24 to discuss the draft...more

UK anti-piracy campaign set for launch

In an effort to combat digital piracy, the film and music industries have reached an agreement with the UK’s leading ISPs to launch the ‘Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme’ next year. The programme will send up to four...more

Update on Google Unauthorized Children’s In-App Purchase Class Action: THE SHOW MUST GO ON!

U.S. District Court Judge Ronald M. Whyte has issued an order granting in part and denying in part Google’s Motion to Dismiss the class action filed against the Company on ­March 7 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern...more

The CJEU Takes Tough Stance on Downloading from Unlawful Sources

ACI Adam BV v Stichting de Thuiskopie - Following a reference from the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) held that EU law precludes member states from having national...more

3-D Printing and the International Trade Commission – ITC Stops Importation of Infringing Digital Data Files

The International Trade Commission has jurisdiction to stop the importation of infringing “articles.” The ITC says that the term “articles” includes tangible goods and intangible electronic files. An electronic cross-border...more

ITC reaffirms its power to bar digital file transfers

The U.S. International Trade Commission has reaffirmed its power to ban electronic transmissions (such as pirated films or software) from the United States where those transmission infringe an intellectual property right or...more

ITC Says the Importation of Digital Data Can Constitute Importation of a Patent-Infringing Product

On April 3, 2014, the United States International Trade Commission affirmed that the importation of digital data via electronic transmission can constitute “importation” of a patent-infringing product in violation of Section...more

Tax Law Blog: Social Media, the Internal Revenue Service and You

The IRS has joined the social media wave and is now accessible on many new forums. In addition, the Department's new app – IRS2Go - is available on most models of smartphone and is free to download....more

Broadcasters strive to halt Aereo: the next episode

In April, we wrote about the ongoing dispute between Aereo, the upstart technology company that utilizes warehouses full of tiny antennas to capture over-the-air television and then retransmit it over the Internet to its...more

Court Finds No Digital Re-Sale Right for iTunes Music

One reason to buy physical books and music CDs rather than Kindle books and iTunes files is that when you own a physical copy of the book or music CD, you can lend it to friends. You could also, if you chose, sell your copy....more

"Money Smart for Older Adults" Provides Valuable Information for All Consumers

On June 12 the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) and Consumer financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) jointly launched a new financial resource tool, “Money Smart for Older Adults”, with the goal of helping older...more

Second Circuit Overturns Class Certification in Google Books Copyright Challenge

Yesterday the Second Circuit issued its decision undoing the District Court’s certification of a plaintiff class in the long-running lawsuit claiming that the Google Books Library Project violates copyright in millions of...more

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