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Eleventh Circuit Joins Split Court Decisions on Registration Precondition for Copyright Suits

Section 411(a) of the Copyright Act generally requires copyright registration, or a refusal of registration, before a copyright action may be filed. This has led to a variety of decisions from the Circuit and District Courts...more

Jury Selection Begins in “Pink Slime” Defamation Trial

by Akin Gump - Excubitor on

Beef Products, Inc. and ABC News will begin selecting a jury today in South Dakota state court in a case involving an allegedly misleading report about finely textured beef, which ABC News described as “pink slime.” The trial...more

Of Free Speech and Thick Skin

by Jackson Walker on

It was a memorable 42nd season for Saturday Night Live, bookended by oddly compelling versions of “Hallelujah” by Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton and Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump. It has not been such a good season for the...more

Defamation Suit against Buzzfeed Will Proceed in Miami

by Akin Gump - Excubitor on

On May 22, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida denied the motion of Buzzfeed, Inc. (“Buzzfeed”) and its editor-in-chief to transfer to New York a defamation lawsuit involving Buzzfeed’s...more

News aggregators – Link, don’t replace, your sources

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

By one account, Bill O’Reilly’s news website includes long quotations from other news organizations, including the mainstream news organizations he often criticizes. That practice suggests a question: How much can a news...more

Investment Funds Updatea: Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and...

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HM Treasury Finalises Private Fund Changes to Limited Partnerships Act 1907 - As previously reported, HM Treasury published on 16 January 2017, a draft Legislative Reform (Private Fund Limited Partnerships) Order 2016...more

When Confidential is Not Confidential - Identities of Confidential Sources of Distressed Debt Reporter are Not Subject to NY...

by Dechert LLP on

There is the general expectation that when a source discloses information to a reporter on a confidential basis, the source will be protected and their identity and communications cannot be forced to be disclosed. This is...more

Fake news? Trolls? Science, medical journals struggle with online woes

Online trolls who have wreaked havoc on traditional news sources also are bedeviling scientific and medical publications. Although experts have benefited from much greater access to information about studies and key...more

Just the Facts

by Jackson Walker on

“Just the facts, ma’am.” This was the admonition of Detective Sergeant Joe Friday from the iconic ‘60s TV series Dragnet, when interviewing a witness who would rather offer conjecture or opinion than an objective description...more

Public Information Act: Trade Secret Loophole Threatens Government Transparency

by Jackson Walker on

Do you trust your government (and what it does with your tax dollars)? If you answered, “No”—or even hesitated a bit—then you probably believe in government transparency. In Texas, a key to open government for citizens and...more

BuzzFeed Faces $11 Million in Defamation Suit by British News Agency

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

BuzzFeed, the popular independent digital media company, was hit with an $11 million defamation suit in January 2016 by journalist Michael Leidig and Central European News (“CEN”). Leidig and CEN are demanding more than...more

Presidents and the Press

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Here’s a quiz for you. Match the President to the quote: “He uses tweets to go directly to the public while bypassing journalists.” “[The President] directed [name] to make speeches attacking newspapers and the...more

Undersecretary Nelotsky is Alive and Well!

In the landmark misappropriation case International News Service v. Associated Press, 248 U.S. 215 (1918), the Supreme Court identified a quasi-property right created by the investment of effort and money in an intangible...more

PUT YOUR DOCS WHERE I CAN SEE THEM: Seattle Police Enjoined From Disclosing Software Secrets in Public Records Act Dispute

What happens when trade secret protections collide with laws granting public access to government records? This question took center stage in a recent case involving the Seattle Police Department (“SPD”). A federal district...more

Bring in the TV Cameras: NLRB and D.C. Circuit Find Employees Airing Grievance in Media is Protected Activity

An employee goes on television and maligns his bosses for a new company policy with half-truths—and his bosses fire him for disloyalty. Sounds justified, right? Wrong. A National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision...more

Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: June 2016 #2

by Zelle LLP on

Last week, the National LGBTQ Task Force and the District of Columbia’s Office of Human Rights issued a new report entitled Valuing Transgender Applicants & Employees: A Best Practices Guide for Employers. This follows the...more

California’s Correction Statute Amended to Protect Online and Weekly Publications

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The California Legislature recently amended Civil Code § 48a to make clear that California’s correction statute applies to weekly and online publications performing the same news-disseminating function as a daily newspaper,...more

China Contemplates New Regulations to Tighten Its Grip on Internet News

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On Jan. 11, 2016, the Cyberspace Administration of China (the “CAC”) issued an announcement to solicit public comments on a draft amendment to the Administrative Rules on Internet News Information Service (the “Draft...more

Alert: Videos On A Newspaper Website Could Fall Under The Audiovisual Media Services Directive – Europe's Top Court

by Cooley LLP on

The Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU') judgment last month in New Media Online GmbH v Bundeskommunikationssenat, Case C-347/14, has potentially significant implications for any news organisations hosting...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

California’s Correction Statute Amended to Protect Online and Weekly Publications

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On Sept. 28, 2015, the California Governor approved and the Secretary of State chaptered AB 998, by which the California Legislature amended Section 48a to unequivocally declare that the correction statute applies to weekly...more

Globe Retrospectives on Demise of Olympic Bid Reach Opposite Conclusions

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If you're the one deciding the contents of a newspaper, you get to have it both ways. Case in point: two recent Boston Globe pieces on the ill-fated attempt to bring the Olympic Games to Boston in 2024....more

Oh, the Humanity. Why Real, Live Editors are Making a Comeback

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I’m not sure where they—or we, I suppose—went off to, but the consensus seems to be that, as Julia Greenberg wrote in Wired, “humans are making a comeback.” The headline on that article, “LinkedIn Brings Back Human...more

Forget Uber for a Moment. The Real Danger on the Road (and Elsewhere) May Be Remote Controlled Hijacking

Technology only imagined a decade ago is everywhere. It’s in our hands, on our laps, and on our desks. But it can also be found in our buildings and, increasingly, in and on our transportation infrastructure. Think wireless...more

Delfi AS vs. Estonia: Online news services may be liable for their readers' comments

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News websites can now be held responsible for the content of user-generated comments, under a landmark judgment of the European Court of Human Rights (the ECHR)....more

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