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Hide and Seek: Plaintiff Permitted to Subpoena Internet Service Provider to Identify Alleged Infringers

Recently, E.D.N.Y. Magistrate Judge Steven M. Gold ordered that a third-party subpoena may be served upon an internet service provider (“ISP”) to identify information about network users who allegedly infringed copyrighted...more

FINRA Fetes Emerging Blockchain Technology at Industry Conference

Blockchain technology (“Blockchain”), also known as Distributed Ledger Technology, stands poised to transform the future of the financial industry. Generally speaking, Blockchain enables the creation of a continuously growing...more

Blockchain: The Policyholder Plan for Smart Insurance Policies

Insurers’ exploration of distributed ledger technology (DLT), commonly referred to as blockchain, continues to expand. Last month, AIG announced a partnership with IBM and Standard Chartered Bank P.L.C. to test a “smart...more

Cold calls in hot water: Hong Kong consultation paper on P2P telemarketing

by Hogan Lovells on

Businesses may often use peer-to-peer ("P2P") telemarketing calls involving interpersonal communication to promote goods and services directly to customers. While such calls may be effective in some cases, they appear to be...more

Far-reaching decision by the CJEU on copyright: The Pirate Bay can be blocked by ISPs!

by Hogan Lovells on

Swiftly following the CJEU decision in Filmspeler, in which the Court found that the selling of multimedia players with add-ons to illegal streaming websites amounted to copyright infringement, the CJEU has confirmed that an...more

P2P platforms and the SME finance industry: where do we go from here?

by Hogan Lovells on

Looking back at the major changes since his last report 5 years ago, Andy Davis concluded on Monday evening that P2P platforms have "changed the game for small businesses, investors and regulators" in the UK, as he launched...more

The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Lending & Secured Finance 2017

by K&L Gates LLP on

Innovations in financial technology (“fintech”) are transforming the provision of financial services to consumers and small businesses in ways that are at once profound and mundane. The nascent online lending – or...more

Blockchain – A New Era for the Energy Market?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Blockchain is more widely recognised as the underlying software technology used for the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. This technology is also being increasingly applied to alternative opportunities, including in the energy sector. ...more

FTC Hosts FinTech Forum on Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain Technologies

by Hogan Lovells on

On Thursday, March 9th, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hosted a forum on the consumer implications of recent developments in artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain technologies. This was the FTC’s third forum on...more

EU Advocate General in favour of finding copyright infringement by indexing site The Pirate Bay

by Hogan Lovells on

The cases that deal with the meaning of “communication to the public” continue: in a current reference for a preliminary ruling, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) will have to decide whether the operators of websites that...more

CTIA Publishes New Messaging Principles and Best Practices Guidance

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On January 19, 2017, CTIA issued a new guidance document developed by industry stakeholders with voluntary best practices for businesses that participate in the wireless messaging ecosystem entitled “Messaging Principles and...more

Peer-to-Peer Lending Regulation Released by OJK

by White & Case LLP on

In light of the rapid development of peer-to-peer (P2P) lending using information technology (IT) ("P2P Lending") in Indonesia, on 28 December 20161 the Indonesian Financial Services Authority ("OJK") enacted OJK Regulation...more

Commercial Mortgage Loans and CMBS: Developments in the European Market – Chapter 20

by K&L Gates LLP on

In late 2011 and early 2012, the fragile green shoots of recovery began to peek out from the barren blasted heath of the crisis-blown financial markets. Market activity was spurred by a rare confluence of secular trends,...more

FTC Releases Report on the “Sharing Economy” for Internet-Based Services

by Reed Smith on

Last month, the FTC released a staff report entitled “The ‘Sharing’ Economy: Issues Facing Platforms, Participants, and Regulators,” that assesses evolving business models relying on internet and app-based “sharing economy”...more

Federal Trade Commission Hosts Crowdfunding & Peer-to-Peer Payments Forum

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On October 26, 2016, the Financial Trade Commission hosted a forum on Crowdfunding and Peer-to-Peer Payments, in Washington, D.C., the latest in the Commission’s FinTech Forums Series. The forum included two panels: (1)...more

Trends: Technology

Throughout the remainder of 2016 and into 2017, we will be providing key insight into current trends across different industries. The first in our series concerns technology, with a particular focus on financial technology...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - November, 2016 #2

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Startups Are Surviving Longer Than Ever - Three new market reports caught our eye this week. First, via Fast Company, the Kauffman Foundation’s annual...more

Do You Venmo? FTC Spotlight on Peer-to-Peer Payments and Crowdfunding

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

3The FTC recently examined peer-to-peer (P2P) payment systems and crowdfunding in the second forum of its FinTech series. P2P payment systems are online services that allow consumers to share money electronically. These...more

Does blockchain's trust architecture make dumb contracts smarter?

by Hogan Lovells on

In a thought-provoking paper presented at this year’s TPRC Research Conference on Communications, Information and Internet Policy, Internet scholar Kevin Werbach explains how the use of blockchain technology creates a new...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - October, 2016 #5

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Board Basics: Advisory Boards - A seed or series A round often triggers a game of musical chairs for board seats. Fortunately, an advisory board serves as...more

CFPB Makes FinTech Headlines

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB” or “Bureau”) made headlines in FinTech on October 24, 2016. First, the Bureau released its first-ever Project Catalyst report on promoting consumer-friendly innovation...more

Court in LendingClub Class Action Requires Due Diligence by Lead Plaintiff Before Approving Lead Counsel

In a recent decision in the now-consolidated LendingClub class action cases, Judge William Alsup of the Northern District of California appointed a lead plaintiff but unexpectedly declined to appoint lead counsel at the same...more

Advanced Copyright Issues on the Internet

by Fenwick & West LLP on

During recent years, the Internet has become the basic foundational infrastructure for the global movement of data of all kinds. With continued growth at a phenomenal rate, the Internet has moved from a quiet means of...more

LabMD Seeks To Stay FTC Decision Related To Evidence Of Consumer Harm Pending Appeal

by King & Spalding on

LabMD—a medical testing lab that, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) alleged, exposed consumer personal information through a peer-to-peer (“P2P”) file-sharing network—is now seeking a stay pending its appeal of the FTC’s...more

Music and the Blockchain

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The promise of blockchain technology for the music industry is its ability to solve the problem of “shared facts” and to provide transparency in real time or near-real time. Advancing digital technology has created new...more

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