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Self-Regulatory Authorities Police Online Ad Industry in Another Sweep

Interest-based advertising (IBA), also known as behavioral advertising, creates profiles of consumers based on their online activities over time and across services, and uses them to send consumers relevant, targeted ads. To...more

Florida Passes Law Requiring Contact Information on Websites

On May 21, 2015, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed the True Origin of Digital Goods Act with bipartisan support in both the United States House of Representatives (House) and Senate. The law requires companies with websites...more

FCC Enforcement Advisory: Broadband Providers Must Take Reasonable, Good Faith Steps to Protect Consumer Privacy

On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau issued its first enforcement advisory in the post-Open Internet Order era. Not surprisingly, the Bureau’s first advisory addressed the consumer privacy obligations of...more

European Commission Takes on E-Commerce Sector

On May 6, 2015, the European Commission launched a competition inquiry into the e-commerce sector. This inquiry is one of 16 initiatives that the Commission announced for the creation of a Digital Single Market for Europe. As...more

Nevada Expands Definition of PI for Purposes of the State’s Breach and Safeguards Laws

Nevada’s recently amended law will, among other things, create the first state mandate to encrypt online account credentials. Specifically, on May 13, 2015, Nevada Governor Sandoval approved a bill (“AB 179”) to expand the...more

New York Advises Sales of “Computing Power” Not Taxable

Yesterday, the New York Department of Taxation and Finance Office of Counsel issued advisory opinion TSB-A-15(2)S holding that cloud computing vendors providing “Internet infrastructure” were not subject to sales tax. ...more

Arizona ALJ: Remote Provider of Subscription Research Service is the Lessor of Tangible Personal Property

In a curious decision out of Arizona, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) found an out-of-state provider of online research services was properly assessed transaction privilege tax (TPT, Arizona’s substitute for a sales tax)...more

New Guidelines on Online Profiling

The Italian Data Protection Authority (Garante per la protezione dei dati personali, the “DPA”) just issued new Guidelines on online profiling aimed at further clarifying the privacy-related obligations for internet service...more

Copyright: Europe Explores Its Boundaries - EU Expands Principle of Pan-European Jurisdiction over Copyright to Online Materials

One focus of the European Union’s Digital Agenda is to break down barriers to cross-border exploitation of intellectual property rights. Consistent with this goal, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has recently dismantled...more

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - May 2015 (Global)

COPYRIGHT - Belgium: Even a world famous painter needs to respect copyright - It has been held that the well-known Belgian painter Luc Tuymans breached professional photographer Katrijn Van Giel's copyright through his...more

State and Local Taxation: Headline News and Trends - April 2015

In This Issue: Megatrends and Developments, Business Activity Taxes, Transaction Taxes, Other Issues... ...more

[Event] Digital Media Update 2015 -May 7, Santa Monica, CA

Please join Sheppard Mullin and Bird & Bird attorneys for cocktails and a discussion about the latest legal updates in digital media. Topics covered will include: - Net neutrality impact on digital media...more

"The FCC Acts (Again) on Net Neutrality, Awaits Court Challenges"

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) recently issued its long-awaited network neutrality regulations, which if allowed to stand will have far-reaching implications for media, content, broadband and the...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

Privacy Tuesday – April 2015 #3

Some privacy & security bits and bytes to start your week: FCC to Hold Public Workshop on Broadband Consumer Privacy Tomorrow - Over the last several months, the Federal Communications Commission has taken on a...more

The Bermuda Triangle of Online Defamation: Copyright, Clickwrap and the CDA

We have written many times about attempts to use copyright law to do what defamation law can’t: take stuff down from the internet. Because Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (“CDA”) prevents a defamation plaintiff...more

FCC Likely to Launch New Rulemaking Proceeding to Further Reform Lifeline Program

The FCC is gearing up to launch a new rulemaking proceeding to once again overhaul the Lifeline program. The last major reform of the program was in 2012, and this new rulemaking would likely continue the work of some of the...more

Zero rating and Internet.org

I have written about the perverse effects of “strong” net neutrality already  but a recent story  prompts me to add a few further thoughts. Internet.org is a project lead by Facebook to offer a completely free sub-set of the...more

HUB FOCUS: Recent TV trends in China

As part of our “HUB FOCUS” series, we provide an extract, focusing on recent trends in the broadcast media industry in China: “Internet has significantly changed the landscape of the TV industry in China. Currently, the...more

Blogging with Intent: Personal Jurisdiction and Defamation in the Internet Age

A California court of appeal recently decided that posting allegedly defamatory statements from Illinois on the Internet about a person living in California, without more, did not create “minimum contacts” for purposes of...more

Open Internet Rules Hit the Federal Register, Triggering Effective Dates and Appeal Deadlines

On April 13, 2015, a notice and summary of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) seminal Open Internet Order (the Order) was published in the Federal Register. ...more

Sports, Media and Entertainment Intelligence - April 2015 (Global)

FILM AND TV - Australia: ACMA's broad powers to hold media accountable confirmed by High Court - The High Court has confirmed that the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has the power to declare that a...more

New FCC Rules on CPNI Will Impact ISP’s and Businesses Who Rely on Internet Tracking Data

By now, most people know that in its recent Open Internet Order adopted on February 26, 2015, the FCC reclassified internet access services as common carrier “telecommunications services” subject to FCC jurisdiction under the...more

The CJEU tells us “More” on live broadcasting

An interesting ruling on live streaming of sports events has been issued by the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) in the C More Entertainment AB v Linus Sandberg case on 26 March 2015 (C-279/13). ...more

Global Trademark Protection — 5 Practical Considerations

When Tim Berners-Lee developed the World Wide Web in 1990 as a tool to share information among specialized researchers, he likely did not anticipate the degree to which his invention would radically change — in just a few...more

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