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Advertising Law - July 2015

Try, Try Again: Lawmakers Reintroduce Do Not Track Kids Act - A group of federal lawmakers reintroduced the Do Not Track Kids Act, a bill to amend the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), with some changes...more

Shooting the Messenger? Websites could face greater liability for third-party content in the EU

Three developments in the last two months suggest websites face greater liability for content authored by third parties in the European Union—including reader comments, posts on message boards and social networks, and search...more

Supreme Court Rejects Google’s Appeal in Java API Dispute

On June 29th, the Supreme Court denied certiorari in Google’s appeal of the Federal Circuit’s 2014 ruling that that the declaring code and the structure, sequence, and organization of 37 Java API packages are entitled to...more

U.S. Supreme Court No Help to Google in API Copying Case

Back in October 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court was asked to take up the appeal for Oracle v. Google (Oracle America, Inc. v. Google Inc.). This case offered the Supreme Court a chance to weigh in on the IP protections afforded...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

US 9th Circuit Holds Google Beyond Question: Map Tack Not Hearsay

A Ninth Circuit Panel held that a GPS location tack generated out of court on a Google-Maps satellite image is not hearsay under the Federal Rules of Evidence. In an immigration prosecution, the location of the arrest...more

CFPB alerts Google to student debt relief scammers

Rohit Chopra, the CFPB’s outgoing Student Loan Ombudsman, has sent a letter to Google to alert the company that “student loan debt relief scammers may be targeting student loan borrowers through the company’s search...more

When Bad Things Happen to Good People...On the Internet

The internet has generated countless new ways to communicate and share thinking. Some posted information is negative, which can still be useful when messages are truthful, in good taste, and constructive. But some negative...more

The Internet of Things

In this Presentation: - Internet of Things - definition - But what is it all about? - But not just that... - The IoT market in figures... - Beecham Research - view of the World - The Connected...more

The French Data Protection Authority Puts Google On Notice To Delist Domain Names Beyond Site’s EU Extensions

One, of course, recalls the May 13, 2014 decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on the “right to be forgotten”. As a result, the French Data Protection Authority (CNIL – Commission Nationale de...more

Court of Appeal Upholds Injunction Against Google (Equustek Solutions Inc. v. Google Inc.)

Apparently Google does not appreciate being ordered by a Canadian court to remove worldwide search results. In Update on Injunction Against Google (Equustek Solutions Inc. v. Google Inc.) we reviewed a 2014 decision in which...more

Map Apps, Distracted Driving, and Car Accidents

Many drivers in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley claim that Waze is the best invention since sliced bread. Waze is an app with 40 million registered users that shares real-time traffic and road info, with the goal of...more

The Adoption of a Competitor's Trademarks as Search Terms In Google AdWords May Not Be Such a Great Idea

Google AdWords and similar services display highly prioritized links as search results when someone enters a predetermined search term into a search engine. It wasn’t long after such services became available that companies...more

Still Can’t Search This: B.C. Court of Appeal Affirms Global Restraining Order Against Google

In 2014, the B.C. Supreme Court ordered Google Inc. (Google) and Google Canada Corporation (Google Canada) to remove all of a company’s websites from its search results. As we noted in our June 2014 Blakes Bulletin: Can’t...more

Supreme Court Corner: Q2 2015

B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc. Trademark - Holding: A Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) ruling refusing registration on likelihood of confusion grounds can have preclusive effect on a district...more

Google Revamps Privacy and Security Settings

The redesigned account page does not offer any additional privacy or security options over those previously offered. Instead, it consolidates all of Google’s privacy and security settings, thus making it easier for a customer...more

Link Building with Crowdsourcing

2015 is the year of ingenuity for link building. Google has been cracking down on spammy tactics and techniques that used to be acceptable (and successful). In some cases, webmasters have been forced to come up with more...more

How to Keep What is Yours: Practical Considerations for Healthcare IT Protection

One of the worst kept secrets is the experienced and expected growth in healthcare IT. In 2013, over $650 million was invested into healthcare IT companies, and the trend is continuing to grow. Combined with the fact that...more

YouTube Offers Owners Way to Age-Restrict Content

Earlier this year Google launched an app called YouTube Kids, which it describes as offering “popular children’s programming, plus kid-friendly content from filmmakers, teachers, and creators all around the world.” In...more

An Abstract Idea by Any Other Name - Epicor Software Corp. v. Protegrity Corp.; Google Inc. v. Unwired Planet, LLC

Addressing the issue of unpatentable subject matter in a post-Alice world, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) recently invalidated two patents under § 101 in separate covered business...more

Perspectives: Trends and Topics in Not-For-Profit Management - May 2015

In this Issue: - Not-for-Profit Spotlight - IP and IT Procurement for Not-for-Profit Organizations - Starting Off Right: Recruiting, Training and Retaining Fundraising Staff - Guidance Released...more

“Desert Warrior” Vanquished: Google Defeats Cindy Lee Garcia’s Copyright Claims

Cindy Lee Garcia thought she was playing a bit part in “Desert Warrior,” an adventure film being made by an amateur film maker. The film was never completed. Instead, Ms. Garcia’s performance was re-purposed, and her physical...more

News Flash – Oracle v. Google Copyright Case

In its brief filed on May 26, 2015, the US Solicitor General (SG) advised the US Supreme Court to not hear Google’s appeal of a decision, from the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, holding that copyright protection...more

Status Updates: Errand Apps for Everyone?; A Right to Be Forgotten Update; Your Entire Google Search History

Information wants to be (not quite) free. In its early years, the Internet was often seen as a vehicle for democratizing data, taking information that was previously accessible only to a select few and making it available to...more

New GAO Report on Contingent Workforce Shows 85% of Independent Contractors Are “Content with Their Employment Type”

A comprehensive government report on the contingent workforce made public two days ago revealed surprising data about independent contractors, finding that 85% of independent contractors “appeared content with their...more

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