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Federal Lawmakers Consider IoT Security Standard

A new federal bill would regulate security for Internet of Things (IoT) devices by requiring government vendors to conform to standards and make sure that products can have security problems patched....more

Senate Cybersecurity Caucus Introduces Bill To Secure Federal Agencies’ Connected Devices

by King & Spalding on

On August 1, 2017, the Senate introduced the proposed “Internet of Things (‘IoT’) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2017” (the “Act”) to establish, among other things, minimum cybersecurity standards for contractors who...more

Website Operators Need to Re-register Copyright Agents Under DMCA by December 31, 2017

by Clark Hill PLC on

On December 1, 2016, the U.S. Copyright Office replaced its directory of designated agents for receipt of Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") notices of claimed infringement with a new electronic system. As part of...more

Draft Cybersecurity Legislation Would Impose Substantial New Obligations on Vendors Selling Interconnected Devices to the U.S....

On Tuesday, August 1, 2017, a bipartisan group of four Senators from the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus introduced legislation designed to improve the cybersecurity of devices purchased by the U.S. government and – albeit...more

Advertising Law - July 2017 #4

‘World’s Best’ Is Puffery, Not Objectively Provable Claim - The claim “World’s Best Glass Cleaner” is puffery, the National Advertising Division decided in a challenge brought by S. C. Johnson & Son Inc. against advertiser...more

The Katten Kattwalk | Issue 13

The Katten Kattwalk discusses legal issues in the fashion industry affecting the trademarks, patents and copyrights associated with companies, brands and products. Please see full Newsletter below for more information....more

Diddy’s @Infringement Instagram Post

by Weintraub Tobin on

In today’s age of rapid fire social media, posting to feed the ever growing hunger of a digitally connected audience has become second nature to celebrities and other influencers. In fact, the larger the number of followers,...more

DMCA Grandfather Clause Does Not Extend to Acquired Business

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Addressing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) grandfather clause that allows “pre-existing subscription services” to pay the pre-1998 reduced royalty rate for digital music licensing, the US Court of Appeals for the...more

Service Providers Must Re-Register Designated Agents by December 31st to Continue DMCA Safe-Harbor Protection

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) provides a great deal of protection to Internet service providers that maintain an online presence (e.g. through the use of a website) through specially defined “safe harbors.” We...more

Time to Zoom In on Application of DMCA Safe Harbor Defense

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In reversing a district court grant of summary judgment in favor of a social media platform, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ordered a deeper look at the degree to which the common law of agency affects a safe...more

Social Links: SCOTUS strikes down law banning sex offenders from social media, denies cert in “dancing baby” case; Germany may...

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that a North Carolina law that the state has used to prosecute more than 1,000 sex offenders for posting on social media is unconstitutional because it violates the First Amendment....more

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

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