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Ninth Circuit Reaffirms Section 230 Protections

Information Counts. That’s the title of this blog. And it’s an indisputable fact. Information is – and has been for at least 20 years – the currency of our economy, providing consumers, regulators and the general public...more

California Passes Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act

On September 24, 2016, the Governor of California approved the California Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, which “would authorize a decedent’s personal representative or trustee to access and manage...more

South Africa Newsletter - September 2016

South Africa’s diverse economy, strategic role in Africa and political history create a unique business and regulatory environment. The Dentons South Africa Newsletter will help you keep abreast of issues that affect doing...more

Controversial California Court Decision Significantly Narrows a Crucial Liability Safe Harbor for Website Operators

A recent California court decision involving Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) is creating considerable concern among social media companies and other website operators....more

Social Links: Social’s potential to upend the investment industry; online ad fraud; a proposal to fix Twitter

Social media has upended a number of industries. Is Wall Street next? Facebook is getting into the video game live-streaming business....more

Social Links: Publishers claim ad blockers violate FTC rules; Twitter bags its “buy button”; has the IoT gone too far?

The Newspaper Association of America has filed a first-of-its-kind complaint with the FTC over certain ad blocking technologies. Is it “Internet” or “internet”? The Associated Press is about to change the capitalization...more

Privacy in a Connected World: The Celebrity Threesome Injunction

In January, a celebrity applied for an injunction against an English tabloid newspaper that wished to publish an article about a three-way sexual encounter. This case subsequently went all the way to the Supreme Court, and in...more

Weekly Web Wrap-Up

Welcome to Sheppard Mullin’s Weekly Web Wrap-Up, a quick list of the past week’s top news in the social media, gaming, and virtual goods and currencies industries curated by Social Media & Games Team. Here are some of the...more

Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts: Importance of Considering the Internet and “Digital Assets” in Estate Planning

“Forgot your ID or password?” Everyone using the Internet has probably been asked and answered “Yes” to this question. That usually means having to take the time to answer more questions or search for...more

Do Not Go Gentle Into That Jurisdiction: No “Situs of Injury” Merely Because Copyrighted Material Is Accessible

Because content posted online can be accessed nearly anywhere, courts regularly face the issue of whether they have personal jurisdiction over a defendant who posted material to the web or a social media site. Recently, one...more

Public Service Campaign regarding children’s online safety

The Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU) and the BBB are pleased to announce the launch of its second Public Service Campaign regarding children’s online safety. CARU’s first campaign titled, “Do you know here your...more

Judge in High-Profile Case Obtains Attorney Agreement Not to Engage in Juror Social Media Snooping

It seems that almost everyone uses social media today. Of course, this means that most every juror is a social media user, and that courts are dealing with the thorny questions that arise out of the proliferation of social...more

District Court Asks Google and Oracle to Consent to Ban on Internet Research of Jury Panel

Following up on the district court's previous ruling barring the use of jury questionnaires, the district court addressed the issue of whether any Internet research of the potential jurors should be permitted. After analyzing...more

Friend Request Denied: Judge Asks Attorneys to Refrain from Social Media Searches of Jurors

In late March 2016, a California federal judge asked both Google, Inc. and Oracle America, Inc. to voluntarily consent to a ban against Internet and social media research on empaneled or prospective jurors until the...more

Google and Oracle Agree to Ban Internet Research on Jurors … this Time Around

In a March 25, 2016 Order, Judge William Alsup of the Northern District of California gave Google and Oracle the choice between agreeing to a ban on conducting Internet and social media research on jurors until the trial is...more

Tightening Internet Regulation in China

The longstanding tension in China between expansion of service to the Internet and regulation of content on the Internet has entered a new phase. While the so-called Great Firewall remains in place to block unwanted overseas...more

India Rejects Facebook’s Zero-Rating “Free Basics” Program on Net Neutrality Grounds

In 2015, Facebook announced with some fanfare the rollout of its “Free Basics” service in India. Partnering with the wireless telecom Reliance, customers that downloaded the Free Basics app onto their smartphones could use...more

Managing the Court of Public Opinion During a Media Crisis

If your company is hit with negative press, should you just ignore it? Absolutely not. There are steps you can take to stop or mitigate any possible damage. In those communication networks that you control (rather than...more

Establishing the Boundaries of the OCILLA Safe Harbor

As user-generated content explodes over the Internet, intellectual property disputes over posting or uploading such content without the owner’s consent continue to escalate. As we touched on in a recent post, social media...more

Court “Likes” NLRB’s Determination that Facebook Posts Are Protected under the NLRA

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) decision that employees’ Facebook posts are protected by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Three D, LLC d/b/a Triple Play...more

Facebook’s “Copyright” Post - The Sound and the Fury

Users of Facebook no doubt have seen at least some of their friends post the “copyright” update. In brief, the post states “I hereby declare that my copyright is attached to all of my personal details,” including photos,...more

Liability of Online Intermediaries: Consultation Now Open

Earlier this year we outlined the proposals made by the European Commission regarding online intermediaries and their role in tackling illegal content on the internet. If the Commission implements its proposals, this might...more

Technology Industry Newsletter - October 2015

We hope you enjoy this edition of our Tech Newsletter. As technology continues to drive business innovation and growth, new and existing companies positioned to take advantage of the tech trends for 2016 will be better...more

FTC’s social media product endorsement guidelines

Back in 2009, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) updated its ‘Endorsement Guides’ and followed up with an informal publication called “What People are Asking” to clarify some of the guides points. In May 2015, the FTC updated...more

Social Media Adds Kick to Beer-Themed Trademark Battle

As social media and the numerous platforms continue their exponential growth in popularity and constant evolvement, legal issues surrounding their use also will inevitably emerge. A recent case filed in the Western District...more

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