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The Umpire Strikes Back: European Court Rules That ISPs Can Be Forced to Block Pirate Websites

On March 27, 2014, the highest court in the European Union—the Court of Justice for the European Union (CJEU)—decided that copyright owners have the right to seek injunctions against Internet service providers (ISPs)...more

Great Britain: Internet Providers reject blocking of illegal gambling sites

According to a report by the Financial Times, British internet service providers (ISPs) have rejected an attempt by the Gambling Commission to post warning pages on unlicensed gambling websites, alerting the user that the...more

5 Ways the FCC Could Respond to Invalidation of Its 'Net Neutrality' Rules

After the Net Neutrality decision, the FCC has a number of options, all of which could have an important impact on providers and users alike....more

D.C. Circuit Largely Invalidates Net Neutrality Rules: Analysis and Prospects

On Jan. 14, 2014, a D.C. Circuit panel struck down the portions of the FCC’s 2010 “Open Internet” (or “net neutrality”) rules that had banned blocking or discriminatory treatment of web sites or other online applications by...more

Appeals Court Strikes Down FCC's Net Neutrality Rules

On January 14, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued a long-awaited decision on the Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet Order. That Order required broadband Internet...more

Verizon v. FCC: What Happened, Why It’s Important, and What Comes Next

In Verizon v. FCC, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia overturned the Federal Communications Commission’s (“Commission” or “FCC”) anti-discrimination and anti-blocking provisions of...more

"Verizon v. FCC: D.C. Circuit Overturns FCC Network Neutrality Regulations"

On Tuesday, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated and remanded the operative portions of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC or Commission) network neutrality regulations....more

French Courts Ordered to Block and Delist 16 Streaming Websites

Last November, French courts have, for the first time, ordered to block entire video streaming websites based on specific laws against copyright infringement (Hadopi 2009 laws1). To some authors, this decision is questionable...more

Italian Online Copyright Protection… Here we go with the AGCOM Regulation!

After a long consultation process, the Italian Communications Authority (AGCOM) published the long awaited regulations on the protection of copyright on the Internet and media, which among other things provide for a notice...more

Does a Service Provider Have a Lien Over Customer Data?

On 19 November, Datateam won permission to appeal from an unreported decision of District Judge Bell sitting in the Reigate County Court on 12 June. The facts of the case, which related to unpaid invoices for database...more

Should we worry about Safe Harbor being suspended because of the NSA’s PRISM Program?

(LONDON) Various data protection power players have called for the suspension or curtailment of the US Safe Harbor program ever since the Snowden revelations that the US NSA has required large internet service providers such...more

District Court Reaffirms that Service Provider will be Granted Immunity under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act

Via Section 230, the Communications Decency Act (CDA) provides broad immunity for service providers, hosts and website operators for claims stemming from their publication of information created by third parties....more

Imagine There’s No Safe Harbor: Does the DMCA Apply to pre-1972 Sound Recordings?

Vimeo, the online video service, is seeking leave to appeal to the Second Circuit on the issue of whether sound recordings made prior to 1972 are covered by the safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act...more

Southern District of New York Holds Music Publishers Cannot Selectively Withdraw New Media Rights from ASCAP's Repertory

On September 17, 2013, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York held that the consent decree entered into by and between the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and the...more

More Online Trouble for Service Providers?

Google is facing increased scrutiny of its data collection and use practices, which may be a warning to all Internet and online service providers. Last week, Judge Koh in San Jose held Google accountable for an alleged...more

Business Associate Definition Expanded and HHS Empowered to Impose New Civil Fines

Long-awaited omnibus regulations (Omnibus Rule) adopted earlier this year by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) made significant modifications impacting “business associates” to...more

New Law on Customer Data Protection in China Impacting Telecom and Internet Companies

The Rules Regarding the Protection of Personal Information of Telecommunications and Internet Users (the “Rules”) were adopted and announced on July 16, 2013 by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (the...more

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - July 19, 2013

In This Issue: - FEDERAL ISSUES - STATE ISSUES - COURTS - MISCELLANY - FIRM NEWS - FIRM PUBLICATIONS - MORTGAGES - BANKING - CONSUMER FINANCE - SECURITIES - PRIVACY/DATA SECURITY -...more

Guide to Compliance with the Amended COPPA Rule

What Is COPPA? •Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, enacted by Congress in 1998 •Congress directed the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, to issue and enforce regulations...more

AOL’s Washington Sales Tax Refund Award Affirmed

On June 4, 2013, the Thurston County Superior Court issued a written decision affirming the opinion of the Washington State Board of Tax Appeals (Board) in AOL Inc. v. Washington Department of Revenue, No. 11-076 (Wash....more

Foreign Territory for U.S. Digital Media Providers: The Legal Terrain in Italy

In this ever-growing world of global digital media, U.S. digital media providers are increasingly finding themselves subjected to the varying, and in some instances, evolving laws related to intellectual property protection...more

Mr. Spock Battles the Trolls

“The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” —Spock, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982). These are the opening words in United States District Judge Otis D. Wright’s May 6, 2013, order issuing...more

State Franchising: An idea whose time has past, whose benefits have failed to appear, but whose damages we see every day

In This Presentation: - Promises Made in Support of State Franchising - History of State Franchising - Evaluation of Benefits/Promises - Losses That Can Be Documented - Excerpt from Promises Made in...more

Polsinelli Podcast - Social Media at Work - What's Allowed and What Isn't?  [Video]

Social media at work: What's allowed and what isn't? Facebook and LinkedIn are eradicating the carefully crafted compartments that generations have relied upon in leading their lives. Denver attorney Sean Gallagher shares how...more

The Great Disappearing Acts: California Considers Two Bills Addressing the Removal of Online Information of Minors

Do you ever find yourself worrying that, given the types of things minors deem appropriate to post on social networking Web sites like Facebook and Twitter, our country won’t be able to produce an electable candidate for...more

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