Weekly Brief: New Round of Layoffs Hit Law Firms
Like many companies in search of a quick SEO fix, the travel site Expedia once benefited from paid links on other websites to drive traffic and to increase its ranking in search results. Google, however, publicly frowns upon...more
It was moored quietly in the Bay.
But when a four story structure made up of shipping containers was erected, questions began to be asked.
Elected officials said they didn’t know. The police said it wasn’t in...more
Garcia v. Google, Inc. -
USCA Ninth Circuit, February 26, 2014 -
In Depth -
Ninth Circuit panel rules that Google must remove Innocence of Muslims video from YouTube, concluding that plaintiff actress,...more
In recent years there has been a remarkable expansion of antitrust enforcement in the area of intellectual property (IP). This trend is illustrated by an increasing willingness of the European Commission (the Commission) and...more
Italy: Opportunities for DTT frequencies in the Italian market - The Italian Ministry for Economic Development has started a competitive bid for three national DTT frequencies.
Australia: Senate scrutinises state of...more
PersonalWeb Technologies, LLC ("PersonalWeb") filed a patent infringement action against Google for infringement of its "Truenames" patents. Google filed a motion for sanctions based on a contention that PersonalWeb...more
By now, you’ve probably heard the agonized shrieks of your friendly neighborhood copyright lawyer, decrying the Ninth Circuit’s opinion Garcia v. Google. If you haven’t had the time or inclination to read the opinion, here is...more
The Ninth Circuit became the first federal appellate court to hold that an actor has a copyright interest in her performance, holding that a district court abused its discretion in denying a motion for preliminary...more
The now “famous” web tax (or Google tax) on the purchase of on-line ads and sponsored links on search engines might come into force on the 1st of March 2014 having an impact on the Internet liability regime, unless the...more
Welcome to The Roundup for the week ending February 28. We have lots of thought-provoking pieces to share this week.
From Around the Web -
- What is Google Authorship? (And Why Should You Care?): If you’re...more
In 2010, European regulators began investigating claims that Google abused its dominance in Internet search and advertising by favoring its own products and services in search results. Google powers 90 percent of searches in...more
The Spanish Council of Ministers has just approved a draft law for the partial reform of the Intellectual Property Law. It will be now submitted to the Spanish Parliament for discussion and final approval....more
Internet liability rules as to data protection issues might considerably change after that the Italian Supreme Court decision acquitted 3 Google managers previously convicted to 6 months of imprisonment for a video published...more
High Court Judge Mr Justice Michael Tugendhat has declared in the case Vidal-Hall & Ors v Google Inc.  EWHC 13 (QB) (16 January 2014) that infamous U.S. corporation Google Inc. (‘Google’) will face the scrutiny of the...more
To begin 2014, we remind franchisors of the Government's response to the changes to the Franchising Code recommended last year. On 6 January 2014, Small Business Minister Bruce Billson advised that the Coalition advocated...more
The news of Google’s acquisition of Nest Labs for $3.2 billion cast a spotlight on an ongoing debate in startups: Should they bother to seek patents to protect their inventions or not?
There are two sides to every argument, and although for the past few years the prevailing wisdom about blog posts has been “the shorter the better,” new research suggests that longer articles (Over 2,000 words)- rather than...more
Liable or not liable… this is the recurring dilemma in many jurisdictions. Is Youtube (Google) liable for the infringing contents uploaded by Youtube users?...more
We are proud to celebrate three years of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter with this 36th edition. This month, we highlight developments in the following areas, which are likely to have an...more
With the new year underway, we take a look back at some of the intellectual property-related highlights of 2013. Not only did the federal copyright and trademark agencies face a full-blown government shutdown this past year,...more
Google has come under scrutiny in the last few years over collecting information from users’ email accounts to provide targeted advertising for its paid clients. ...more
In a recent decision released by the Canadian Privacy Commissioner (PIPEDA Report of Findings #2014-001), the commissioner investigated a complaint that Google pitched ads to an individual based on medical information that he...more
Google recently announced on its blog that its “Google-X” laboratory is testing a prototype “smart” contact lens that includes a miniaturized electronic sensor designed to measure glucose level in the wearer’stears. I...more
The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) announced on January 15, 2013, that it reached a settlement with Google over the use of health information in behavioral advertising. The case involving a complaint that...more
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