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Manatt Digital Media - September 2015

In this month's newsletter we highlight some of the latest activities in the digital video space. Social media, mobile and over-the-top (OTT) viewing continue to make waves in the media landscape, creating new opportunities...more

Is Hulu Really Going “Ad-Free?”

Last week, Hulu announced that, à la Amazon and Netflix—it would be offering ad-free video streaming services to its customers. The cost to subscribers would be an additional $4 per month. Complaints about Hulu’s mandatory...more

District Court Stays Patent Infringement Action Pending Inter Partes Review Prior to Institution of Review by Patent Trial and...

The plaintiff CRFD Research, Inc. ("CRFD") filed a patent infringement action defendants Dish Network Corporation, Dish DBS Corporation, Dish Network L.L.C., Echostar Corporation, and Echostar Technologies L.L.C....more

Anonymous Information Actionable under the VPPA?

Technology has allowed consumers to use Apps and devices to stream their favorite content at the touch of a button. The popularity of these streaming Apps and devices has raised legal issues with regard to privacy....more

Ultramercial v. WildTangent -- Petition for Writ of Certiorari

The Ultramercial story is not over. In the latest step of a controversial case involving 35 U.S.C. § 101 that has been ongoing since 2009, patentee Ultramercial has petitioned the Supreme Court for a writ of certiorari. The...more

Applying the Video Privacy Protection Act to Online Streaming

Passed in 1988, the VPPA prohibits a “video tape service provider” from “knowingly” disclosing a consumer’s “personally identifiable information” (“PII”) to third parties without his or her consent. The VPPA defines a “video...more

Court Applies Video Privacy Protection Act to the Internet Streaming Era; Declares Hulu the Victor

After nearly four years of litigation, Hulu has prevailed against claims that it unlawfully disclosed its users’ video viewing selections and personal identification information to Facebook and other online networks. In In Re...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - April 2015

In This Issue: - DOJ Issues Cyber Preparation and Response Guidance - RadioShack’s Plan to Auction Customer Data Highlights Issues Over Treatment of Such Data as an Asset - Google v. Vidal-Hall and...more

Recent Decisions Narrow Scope of Liability under Video Privacy Protection Act

Two significant decisions under the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) in recent weeks have provided new defenses to companies alleged to have run afoul of the statute. Bringing the long-running litigation against Hulu to a...more

Court Makes Important Decision in Privileged Document Case

In many circumstances, courts say that corporations might relinquish privilege protection through internal privileged communications even beyond employees who have a “need to know.” This policy is often criticized because it...more

In re Hulu Privacy Litigation - USDC, N.D. California, March 31, 2015

In re Hulu Privacy Litigation - USDC, N.D. California, March 31, 2015 In Depth: District court rejects Video Privacy Protection Act claim against video streaming provider Hulu, finding insufficient evidence...more

Court Further Clarifies Required Elements Of A Video Privacy Protection Act Claim In In re Hulu Privacy Litigation

After over four years of litigation on the cutting edge of modern Video Privacy Protection Act (“VPPA” or the “Act”) litigation, Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler of the United States District Court for the Northern District of...more

Court Concludes That Access to Privileged Document by Employees Without a "Need to Know" Does Not Destroy Privilege Protection

Many courts hold that corporations might waive their privilege protection through purely internal circulation of privileged communications — beyond those employees with a "need to know." ...more

Appellate Courts Being Drawn Into VPPA Fray

Last week the Third and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals assigned case numbers to the appeals of In re Nickelodeon Privacy Litigation and Locklear v. Dow Jones & Co., Inc., two recently dismissed class actions in which...more

Quoth the Maven: “Without More!” Federal Judge Dismisses Dow Jones VPPA Class Action, While Hulu Parties Square off Over...

A Growing Chorus of Federal Courts Finds User IDs, by themselves, Do Not Count as Personally Identifiable Information under the VPPA Recently, a federal district judge joined a number of his colleagues around the country who...more

Ultramercial Finally Strikes Out at the Federal Circuit

In its most recent decision in Ultramercial, Inc. v. Hulu, the Federal Circuit finally concluded that the claims-at-issue do not cover patent-eligible subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101. This comes after two prior...more

Ultramercial Inc. v. Hulu LLC (Fed. Cir. 2014)

Ultramercial sued Hulu, YouTube, and WildTangent for infringement of U.S. Patent No. 7,346,545. Hulu and YouTube were eventually dismissed from the case. On a 12(b)(6) motion, and without construing the claims, the District...more

Ultramercial Inc. v. Hulu LLC -- Party Briefs

This case has a storied history. Ultramercial sued Hulu, YouTube, and WildTangent for infringement of U.S. Patent No. 7,346,545. Hulu and YouTube were eventually dismissed from the case. On a 12(b)(6) motion, the District...more

Status Updates - September 2014 #10

Hooray for Hollywood. According to a new study by KPMG, television and movie viewers have never had it better. A report by the consulting company found that the overwhelming majority of well-known movies and television shows...more

Between the "Like" Button and a Hard Place: Understanding the Implications of Hulu's Latest Argument Against User's Privacy...

Companies commonly utilize Facebook as part of their online social media advertising strategy. Companies should revisit this strategy in light of a recent finding in the Northern California U.S. District Court (In re Hulu...more

Google/Viacom Win Video Privacy Protection Act Case – Common Sense Finally Emerges

In an important decision in a federal court case in New Jersey, In Re Nickelodeon Privacy Litigation, Google and Viacom obtained a dismissal of a claim against them under the Video Privacy Protection Act (“VPPA”). The...more

Film Tax Incentives in Latin America

Distribution of audiovisual content is blooming at a very fast pace, and while the consumer is still demanding for more new content, producers are struggling with this new competitive era. While appetite for content is at its...more

Hulu Scores a Victory (at least temporarily) in Avoiding Class Certification

Another important decision has been rendered in the ongoing In re: Hulu Privacy Litigation saga pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, this time denying – without prejudice – the...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - June 2014

In This Issue: - New Studies Highlight Privacy and Cybersecurity Risks and Costs - SEC Commissioner Addresses the Role of the Board on Cybersecurity Matters - Supreme Court Decision on Cellphone Searches...more

California District Court Denies Certification of Putative Class of Plaintiffs Alleging Violations of the Video Privacy Protection...

The U.S. District court for the Northern District of California denied plaintiffs’ motion for class certification because the proposed class did not satisfy Rule 23’s ascertainability and predominance requirements. ...more

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