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Internet Service Providers Must Register DMCA Agents In Copyright Office’s New Online Registry

by Brooks Kushman P.C. on

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) grants Internet service providers and intermediaries (collectively “ISPs”) a series of safe harbors that limit secondary liability for copyright infringement. 17 U.S.C. § 512...more

Reminder: Service Providers Must Comply with New Requirements for Copyright Safe Harbor by December 31, 2017

Under regulations issued late last year by the United States Copyright Office, to receive safe harbor protection, all “service providers” must electronically register an agent to receive notices of copyright infringement...more

You May Be an OSP: Know These Changes to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: This alert provides an overview of important new changes to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) portion of U.S. copyright law that impact online service providers (“OSPs)—including countless websites,...more

Entertainment and Media Litigation Update - June 2017

Ninth Circuit: Website Moderators May Be Agents of ISPs - Why it matters: On April 7, 2017, the Ninth Circuit revived a copyright infringement case filed by a paparazzi group against social media platform LiveJournal that...more

Could the Use of Online Volunteers and Moderators Increase Your Company’s Copyright Liability Exposure?

With over one billion websites on the Internet, and 211 million items of online content created every minute, it should come as no surprise that content curation is one of the hottest trends in the Internet industry. We are...more

New Safe Harbor Requirement to Maintain Immunity from Copyright Infringement

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Online Service Providers Re-File Your DMCA Agent Designations to Prevent Expiration - If your company has a website that allows third parties to post any kind of content (text, pictures or video), then it may be liable...more

A Multi-Layered Approach to Packaging Protection

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

The way in which a product looks or how it is packaged and sold can often be a driving force in the consumer’s purchasing decision. Yet, the intellectual property rights available for product designs and packaging are...more

Top 7 Reasons Why Websites Need a DMCA Agent

by Jaburg Wilk on

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) provides copyright protection and some limitations of liability for online copyright infringement if safe harbors are used. It governs the majority of US-based websites and...more

Digital Copyright Ruling Creates New Vulnerabilities for Moderated Online Platforms

by Reed Smith on

A recent federal appeals court decision may lead online platforms that post user-generated content filtered by moderators to think twice before posting copyrighted material. In Mavrix Photographs, LLC v. LiveJournal, Inc.,...more

Without Volitional Conduct, Establishing Direct Copyright Infringement Gets Hairy

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment, holding that “volitional conduct” is required to establish a claim for direct copyright infringement under the safe harbor...more

Locked Out: Zillow’s Failure to Provide Insurer Timely Notice of DMCA Takedown Notice Precludes Coverage Under a Claims-Made...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Last month the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington held that a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) Takedown Notice triggered a policyholder’s obligation to notify its claims-made insurer....more

5th Circuit: ISP Not Liable for Infringement Due to Lack of Volitional Conduct, Despite Ineligibility for DMCA Safe Harbor

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently considered in BWP Media USA, Inc. v. T&S Software Associates, Inc. whether volitional conduct is required to establish a claim for direct copyright infringement against an Internet...more

Fair Use is Not Always Fair

Photographer TC Reiner sued Watkins Institute and its student Ryon Nishimori for copyright infringement when Nishimori incorporated one of Reiner’s copyrighted photographs into a mock advertisement for a classroom assignment...more

McDonald's Beats Graffiti Copyright Claims in California, But Faces New Threat over New York Street Art

by Sullivan & Worcester on

McDonald’s recently prevailed on personal jurisdiction grounds in a closely-watched case in California about the use of street art as décor for restaurants in the United Kingdom, but the issue has quickly arisen again. As...more

Auction House Accused of Scraping Competitor’s Web Listings

Screen scraping is a problem that has vexed website owners since the early days of e-commerce – how to make valuable content available to users and customers, but prevent competitors from accessing such content for commercial...more

Socially Aware: The Social Media Law Update Volume 8, Issue 2

Welcome to the newest edition of Socially Aware, our Burton Awardwinning guide to the law and business of social media. In this edition, we explore the threat to U.S. jobs posed by rapid advances in emerging technologies;...more

Blizzard v. Bossland: Game Over for Video Game Botting?

I’m a rules follower. Going back to the days of the Game Genie—a device that allowed gamers to play Super Mario Bros. with infinite lives or the Legend of Zelda with infinite bombs—I have always preferred the satisfaction of...more

Oh Yes They Did! - Ninth Circuit Holds that Use of Moderators May Impact DMCA Safe Harbor Shield

by Bryan Cave on

In Mavrix Photographs, LLC v. LiveJournal, Inc., No. 14-56596 (9th Cir. 2017) the Ninth Circuit held that the use of moderators by social media website LiveJournal created a question of fact as to whether the Digital...more

Tick Tock - Website Owners Face Deadline to Preserve Liability Safe Harbor

All owners of websites accessible in the United States need to be aware of new rules that directly control a website owner’s potential liability for copyright infringement. On December 1, 2016, the United States Copyright...more

Ninth Circuit Holds Website Can Lose DMCA Safe Harbor by Using Moderators

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Earlier this month, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that an online provider may become ineligible for the safe harbor provided by Section 512(c) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act if its moderators help select...more

Litigation Alert: “Oh No They Didn’t!” – Ninth Circuit Throws DMCA Safe Harbors for Moderated Content into Disarray

by Fenwick & West LLP on

A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit handed down its latest decision on the scope of the optional safe harbor for web hosting services under Section 512(c) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The April 7 decision in...more

News of Note for the Internet-Minded – Inscrutable Algorithms, Adaptable Botnets and Weibo Backlash

It turns out protecting driverless cars from hacking is hard; a new technology brings emotions to virtual and augmented realities; botnets get attacked (and get a new job); and more … - A new technology transports...more

Photographer hits retailer over photo of player hitting Joey Bats

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

One of the best sports photographs in recent history captured a 2016 incident where Texas Rangers’ second baseman Rougned Odor hit Toronto Blue Jay José Bautista in the face. That memorable image is at the center of a new...more

Preserving the DMCA Safe Harbor - Why You Should Register Your DMCA Agent Now

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) established a safe harbor for online service providers (OSPs) which benefits any website that contains content from third parties. The safe harbor is especially important for those...more

Are Your Consumer Contracts Being Invalidated By The Consumer Review Fairness Act?

On March 14, 2017, the Consumer Review Fairness Act (CRFA) will officially invalidate a whole bunch of consumer contract clauses that pertain to online reviews....more

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