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For a start-up looking to unseat Bloomberg as the go-to insider source for financial news [other than this blog, of course], there’s a surefire way to gain some instant credibility: hire one of Bloomberg’s former top execs,...more

Digitally Delivered Products Now Subject to Sales Tax in Pennsylvania - Tax Update Volume 2016, Issue 3

The implementation of sales tax on the thousands of services that are delivered digitally can prove vexing. Have you downloaded a book recently or sent an e-card? Is your billing address in Pennsylvania? If so, as of August...more

The VPPA and PII: Is Geolocation Another Anonymous Identifier?

Video Privacy Protection Act - This article explores how personally identifiable information has been defined in leading Video Privacy Protection Act actions and looks at how concerns over the potential sensitivity of...more

News of Note

Each week, Sheppard Mullin brings you News of Note in IP: The latest news in the IP-related fields of technology, privacy, fashion, advertising, music, and social media, curated by our IP team. Here are some of the stories...more

Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Ruling: Did the Ninth Circuit Just Criminalize Password Sharing?

Not exactly. A divided Ninth Circuit panel recently affirmed the conviction of a former employee under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”), holding that “[u]nequivocal revocation of computer access closes both the front...more

Netflix Agrees To Add Audio Description to Many of Its Shows and DVD Rentals

Seyfarth Synopsis:  In what has been deemed the first of its kind, Netflix has entered into an agreement with the American Council of the Blind, the Massachusetts-based Bay State Council of the Blind, and a blind individual,...more

Weekly Web Wrap-Up

Friend a Bot on Facebook? Messenger Launches Business Chatbots - At Facebook’s annual developers conference F8 this week, Facebook confirmed that Messenger will allow brands and companies to build bots that interact...more

Media, Sport and Entertainment Intelligence - March 2016

Welcome to a new edition of Media, Sports and Entertainment Intelligence; this new version aims to provide an overview of what we see coming up on the horizon that could impact businesses in the Media, Sports and...more

Sports Streaming Quickly Becoming the Way to Watch Your Team

Just about everyone knows Netflix, Amazon Video and Hulu, the Big Three of “over the top” (OTT) streaming services that offer a wide variety of entertainment programming. But what many people don’t know — yet — is that...more

News of Note for the Internet-Minded – 1/22/16

Stories of interest include Apple’s moves in VR and AR, the future of AI research, the security holes in the Internet of Things, and more....more

Manatt Digital Media: Top 10 Predictions for 2016

It's a new year, and that, of course, means it's pundit time. Last year's headline story in digital media was the rapid ascension and burgeoning number of over-the-top (OTT), cord-free streaming video services, led by...more

Keeping it real: litigation insights from ‘Making a Murderer’

It’s mid-January, and I’m sitting in my office writing this post while snow falls outside. (Yes, we get snow in South Carolina and, yes, it terrifies us.) The snow, however, reminds me of the frozen northern Wisconsin...more

Five Things Any Business Should Know About Web Accessibility

Soon businesses with an online presence will be required to make their websites accessible to persons with disabilities or face litigation in state and federal court. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) already requires...more

Mobile Apps Like Uber and Airbnb Raise Novel ADA Title III Issues

Last week, Buzzfeed reported that the United Spinal Association opposed Uber’s CEO’s nomination for Time Magazine’s Man of the Year award because Uber cars are allegedly not wheelchair accessible. This controversy raises an...more

“In fashioning myself, I fashion man” – E-Tailers Champion A Sartorial Renaissance in Masculinity

When it comes to shopping, men generally fall into one of two camps: (a) those who simply don’t know how to shop and would rather book their next root canal before embarking on such an experience and (b) those who don’t have...more

Business Litigation Reporter October 2015

Goodwin Procter’s Business Litigation Reporter provides timely summaries of key cases and other developments within dedicated Business Litigation sessions and related courts throughout the country – courts within which...more

Status Updates: Court nixes VPPA claim; lawyer suspended over blog posts; Facebook ‘unfriending’ cited in bullying decision

Tale of the tape. The Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA), which requires video service providers to destroy personally identifiable information after a specified time, doesn’t provide a private right of action for plaintiffs...more

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

Tax Policy Update

As in the 9 percent "amusement tax" that the city of Chicago recently extended to online streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime, triggering a series of lawsuits alleging that the newly expanded tax was illegally...more

President Obama Jumps On Netflix Bandwagon And Mandates Paid Sick Leave For Federal Contractors

In early August, Netflix announced that in addition to offering unlimited sick and vacation days, it would also allow employees to take unlimited paid parental leave. Refusing to be upstaged by the private sector, on Labor...more

New Netflix Original: “Unlimited” Parental Leave

Netflix, a pioneer in on-demand internet streaming, is well-known for its “Netflix Original” series—and has recently added “unlimited” parental leave to its line-up. On Tuesday, August 4, 2015, Netflix announced a new...more

That is SO last week - August 2015 #2

Pay was the big deal last week. A divided Securities and Exchange Commission voted to approve the CEO Pay Ratio Rule. The new rule requires publicly traded companies to disclose the ratio of their chief executive officer’s...more

Netflix Defeats Video Privacy Class Action

In Mollett, et al. v. Netflix, Inc., No. 12-17045 (9th Cir. July 31, 2015), the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a putative class action filed against Netflix, Inc. for alleged violations of...more

Netflix, Inc. v. Rovi Corporation (NDCA 2015): Five TV Guide Patents Dropped by Abstract Idea Ineligibility

How did we go from the claims in Alice being considered abstract, claims that clearly involved a well-known financial concept (e.g, intermediated settlement) merely implemented on a computer, to admittedly novel (and likely...more

Manatt Digital Media - July 2015

In this edition, we reflect upon the key digital media events of the first half of 2015 and present the major deals, developments and trends across video, music, gaming and virtual reality....more

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