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Copyright Plaintiff Allowed to Subpoena ISP to Discover Defendant’s Name

A recent decision from the District of Connecticut is part of a series of copyright cases where a plaintiff, unable to identify the accused infringer except by the Internet Protocol (or “IP) address used at the time of the...more

When good copyright laws go bad: Indictment lays out porn ‘trolling’ scheme

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

What happens when you use legitimate means to achieve despicable ends? In the case of two attorneys at the center of a high-profile copyright enforcement scheme involving pornographic movies, you end up on the receiving end...more

“Meandering Evening Stroll” Helps Defeat Preliminary Injunction Motion Against AMAZON FIRE TV

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

A recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit highlights the perils of delay in filing a motion for a preliminary injunction in a trademark infringement case. In Wreal, LLC v. Amazon.com, Inc....more

Virtual Porn – Real Patent Lawsuit

The porn industry is often one of the early adopters for new technologies. VR is no exception. Virtual Immersion Technologies LLC is enforcing its patent against live VR porn operators. The patent 6,409,599 (“the ’599...more

California Ballot 2016: Pros and Cons of Props 57-61

by Lewitt Hackman on

This is the second post in our California Ballot 2016 series – providing the “nutshell” versions of each of the 17 state-wide measures voters must decide in November. Please refer to our first post in the series: Props 51-56,...more

Sex, Lies and Defamation

by Clark Hill PLC on

On Monday, July 25, 2016, the Ninth Circuit emphasized the continuing viability of defamation claims in cyberspace, notwithstanding a culture saturated in images and "anything goes," by permitting a defamation claim by an...more

1 in 5,000: How John Doe Defeated Porn Producer Malibu Media

by BakerHostetler on

Litigation-friendly pornography producer Malibu Media has suffered a rare loss, which may spell trouble as it proceeds with more cases. According to the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Malibu Media has filed 5,207...more

Judge Halts Pornographer’s Subpoenas Against Potential Infringers Identified Through IP Addresses

by BakerHostetler on

Online content providers continue to struggle with the challenge of copyright infringement by BitTorrent users. One of the most aggressive tacks is the one taken by Malibu Media, which, after instituting over 4,500 lawsuits...more

CFAA and SCA Do Not Prohibit Creation Of A Fake Facebook Page

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The defendants in a case pending in Chicago federal court were accused of contravening Facebook’s terms of use by accessing its computers in order to create a phony page and then using it to ridicule someone. In Bittman v....more

Other Peoples’ (Adult) Content (Episode 15)

There are so many legal issues in Episode 15 that it’s hard to know where to begin, so I’m going to start at the end: porn. Pied Piper is competing against nemesis Endframe for a $15 million contract from the online porn...more

Sending Pornographic Images was Gross Misconduct Even Though Not Discovered For Several Years

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

In Williams v Leeds United Football Club [2015] EWHC 376 (QB), the High Court considered whether sending pornographic images from a work e-mail amounted to gross misconduct which would justify termination without notice, even...more

The Launch Of .PORN & .ADULT TLDS

by DLA Piper on

In 2011, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) made waves by approving the first adult entertainment industry-specific top-level domain (“TLD”), “.XXX,” administered by the ICM Registry. At that...more

.PORN and .ADULT Join .XXX to Form Unsexy Threesome for Brand Owners

Yesterday marked the sunrise launch of the .porn and .adult generic top-level domains (gTLDs), which join .xxx in the top-level domain name space as gTLDs targeted mainly at online purveyors of adult entertainment. ...more

Tales From The Crypt - Rule No. 10 – There Is No “I(Ntegrity)” In Team - Part I

by Thomas Fox on

Ed. Note-today we begin a two-part series from the Two Tough Cookies about some of the toughest choices a compliance practitioner may face. As important as this message is for the compliance practitioner, I hope that this...more

Seventh Circuit: City May Not Close Adult Bookstores

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

May a city require adult bookstores but not other establishments to close between midnight and 10am every night and all day Sunday? Originally published on the IMLA Appellate Practice Blog - January 27, 2014....more

Keeping Privates Private: The Legal Landscape of Revenge Porn

Mark Zuckerberg famously stated that the purpose of Facebook is “to make the world more open and connected,” and indeed Facebook, other social media outlets and the Internet in general have brought worldwide openness and...more

Inappropriate E-mail Use by Employees Can Constitute Cause for Dismissal

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Increased usage and reliance on the Internet creates new challenges for both employees and an employer’s human resources department. In certain circumstances, employees can be fired for engaging in inappropriate Internet use...more

The Twelve Days of Surveillance

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

It seems like a new revelation about mass surveillance by the U.S. government and our allies occurs on an almost daily basis, each one more astounding than the last. Don’t be surprised if those jingling bells you hear on your...more

Is Revenge Porn Legal?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

In the aftermath of her failed relationship with Mortie Fyed, Ima Riled did the unthinkable: She uploaded sexually explicit photos and videos of Mortie online – photos Mortie sent Ima in confidence. Ima allegedly posted them...more

Porn Copyright Trolls Receive Punitive Sanctions

by Bloomberg Law on

July 16 (Bloomberg) -- Morgan Pietz, a Los Angeles copyright lawyer, talks with Bloomberg Law's Spencer Mazyck about fighting Chicago-based Prenda Law Inc. in federal court for its abusive copyright infringement litigation...more

Receipt Of Pornographic Material Was Not Just Cause For Dismissal: Appeal Court

by Dentons on

In the 2001 case of McKinley v. B.C. Tel, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that a contextual approach is required in order to determine whether there is just cause for termination of employment. A recent wrongful dismissal...more

Need A Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gift? Be Careful!

Do you need to buy a last minute Valentine’s Day gift? You may be thinking of picking up the best-selling book Fifty Shades of Grey. Be careful – you need to read this post so that you are not confused and buy something else....more

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