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Digital Insights & Trends: The Future of Regulation in the Digital Economy

As legal advisors to providers in the digital world, we are always thinking about regulation – whether it is coming, when it is coming, and what it will mean for our clients. After all, it is our mission to keep you on the...more

Digital Commerce & Payments Update

In this Issue: - Insights & Trends ..The Future of Regulation in the Digital Economy - Virtual Currency ..GAO Urges CFPB Participation In Virtual Currency Working Groups ..Trade Group White Paper...more

An Exceptional Decision: The ITC Stays Cease and Desist Orders Issued in the Dental Position Adjustment Appliances Investigation

On June 11, 2014, the U.S. International Trade Commission ordered the stay of its own cease and desist orders previously entered against ClearCorrect Operating, LLC (CCUS) and ClearCorrect Pakistan (Private), Ltd. (CCPK)...more

Significant Changes to UK Consumer Law

The Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 (the “Regulations”) come into force on 13 June 2014 and form the final stage of the UK’s implementation of the European Union...more

Boston Copyright Round Table on Policy, Creativity and Innovation

The Department of Commerce is holding a round table at Harvard Law School on June 25, 2014 to discuss the Internet Policy Task Force’s Green Paper on Copyright Policy, Creativity and Innovation in the Digital Economy,...more

Digital Imports: Should Downloads Be Subject to the Tariff Act?

On April 3, the International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled that the agency has jurisdiction to police digital transmission for intellectual property infringement. The ITC hears trade disputes regarding “articles” imported...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

Public-Private Manufacturing Innovation Institutes Announced

Following on the coattails of the Youngstown, Ohio, manufacturing hub, President Obama announced three more public-private manufacturing institutes – in North Carolina, Chicago and Detroit – to focus on advancing...more

How Will ITC Confirmation That It Has Jurisdiction Over Digital Imports Impact Software and Media Industries?

The International Trade Commission (ITC) issued its much-awaited decision in Certain Digital Models today, affirming in a decision with important implications for the software and media industries that digital importation is...more

Copyright exhaustion in the US: what the Kirtsaeng and ReDigi decisions tell us about the future of the first sale doctrine and...

The concept of copyright ‘exhaustion’, or the ‘first sale’ doctrine, refers to the principle that once a copyright owner places a copyrighted item in the stream of commerce by selling it, they have exhausted their exclusive...more

Digital First Sale: Online Marketplace For "Used" Digital Music Strikes Discord With The Copyright Act

A recent decision out of New York illustrates the difficulty that courts in the digital era face in applying laws designed for a brick-and-mortar world. In Capitol Records, L.L.C. v. ReDigi Inc., the U.S. District Court for...more

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: The Intersection of the Internet, Digital Commerce and Data-Privacy

On 8 July, the EU and U.S. launched the first round of negotiations on a free trade agreement – the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – in Washington, D.C. The trade relationship between the European Union...more

OECD/G20 International Tax Reform: Potential Impact on Canadian Companies

Earlier today the OECD provided its Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting to the G20, which contains 15 specific recommendations for international tax reform. The OECD expects the Action Plan to be largely completed...more

What's Next in Design Patents [Video]

The landmark case Apple v. Samsung marked the first time that a U.S. court has considered infringement of a Graphical User Interface (GUI) design patent and may be indicative of the future design patent landscape. In this...more

SST Governing Board Considers "Best Practices" Matrix and Marketplace Fairness Implementation; SLAC Contemplates Digital Goods...

The Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board (SSTGB), as well as its State and Local Advisory Council (SLAC) and Business Advisory Council (BAC), assembled in Minneapolis this week to discuss a number of policy matters related...more

Ivy League joins digital trend

The Ivy League this month announced that it will join the Big Ten and the PAC-12 in launching its own digital sports network, giving fans of the conference and its teams unprecedented access to their favorite team’s home and...more

Can Digital Goods Ever Lawfully Be Resold? A Legal Perspective...

A recent court case in New York highlights the ever-increasing clash between copyright law designed for real-world, physical goods and a modern world embracing all things digital....more

Mobile Payments Infographic

Check out this Mobile Payments Infographic brought to you by the Mobile Payments Working Group, as part of the Application Developers Alliance. Pillsbury team members Jim Gatto, Deb Thoren-Peden and JiJi Park are all members...more

Federal Court Says No to “Used” Digital Music Marketplace

Digital music has come a long way since the era of widespread unauthorized sharing, with digital music sales estimated to be approaching $6 billion worldwide. As this market grows, a natural question is whether there can be a...more

Are Investors Lining Up Behind Another and Better Bitcoin?

We have written previously about Bitcoin, the new form of “peer-to-peer” currency whose proponents expect to be a game-changer in the world financial markets. It’s not clear yet what Bitcoin’s ultimate destination will be, as...more

The Aereo and ReDigi Decisions: Courts Continue to Wrestle With the Application of Copyright Law to the Redistribution of Digital...

A series of recent decisions in the Second and Ninth Circuits—including Viacom v. YouTube and UMG v. Veoh (both dealing with the distribution of user-posted copyrighted content by video hosting services) and AP v. Meltwater...more

Could Software Imports from Europe Bypass U.S. First Sale and IP Exhaustion Laws?

On July 3, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that a sale of a digital copy of software exhausted the copyright owner's exclusive distribution rights to the copy under Europe's first sale doctrine. As a...more

Buyer Beware: The Threat to the First Sale Doctrine in the Digital Age

The rise of digitally transmitted content such as eBooks, mp3s, and digital movies has threatened traditional notions about whether consumers actually own what they buy, and whether they will be entitled to resell or...more

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