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DMCA Safe Harbors De-Coded

Organizationally speaking, the Safe Harbors part of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), 17 U.S.C. § 512, doesn't make much sense. Provisions governing related matters are often scattered through the section, and...more

Your DMCA Safe Harbor Questions Answered

Do you need the answer right now to one particular question about the DMCA and its (so-called) “Safe Harbors”? Here you go! But be warned: we’re painting with a broad brush, so you will have to go further – including seeking...more

Are online reviews truthful?

Alternative Facts or Fake News: the Online Review Farce - No one likes bad reviews, but few take the time to sue over them, and fewer sue the review platform instead of the writers themselves. But that’s not the case for...more

Intellectual Property Bulletin - Winter 2017

A Smooth Patch in a Rough Road? Governmental Transition and Intellectual Property - Whenever a new Congress convenes, some IP issues come to the fore while others take a back seat. Transition to a new administration in...more

First Circuit Affirms Dismissal of FCA Off-Label Marketing Case for Failure to Meet 9(b) Particularity Requirement

In Lawton v. Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. et al., 842 F.3d 125 (1st Cir. 2016), the First Circuit affirmed the lower court’s dismissal of a False Claims Act (“FCA”) suit alleging a drug maker fraudulently marketed a product for...more

ORAL B Wireless Floss?

I recently purchased a post-holiday present (for myself) – Apple’s AirPods, wireless headphones designed to integrate with Apple’s various products, including the iPhone 7 (which, helpfully, discarded the headphone jack in...more

Supreme Court Corner - Q4 2016

CASES WE ARE WATCHING Lenz v. Universal Music Corp. - COPYRIGHT – Cert. Pending ISSUE: Whether, in sending a takedown notice under the DMCA, the copyright holder’s “good faith belief” of copyright infringement may be...more

New Electronic System for DMCA Safe Harbor Agent

If your company hosts or operates an interactive website that allows users to post or upload materials, you need to have a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) policy. A DMCA policy gives copyright owners the opportunity...more

ALERT: Re-docking at the Safe Harbor: US Copyright Office Requires Re-Registration for Digital Millennium Copyright Act Safe...

On December 1, 2016, the US Copyright Office outlined a new online procedure for websites, hosting companies, mobile app publishers and other internet services that permit user-generated content (service providers) to...more

Action is Necessary: Designate Your Copyright Agent To Ensure Your DMCA Safe Harbor Protection Continues

Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”), an online service provider (“OSP”) – such as the owner of a website that allows users to post user content – may be eligible for a safe harbor from copyright infringement...more

New DMCA Designated Agent Requirements Effective December 2016

On November 1, 2016, the United States Copyright Office published an amendment to 37 CFR § 201.38 that changes the registration requirements for Designated Agents under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Effective...more

New Requirements for Copyright Safe Harbor

The federal Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) provides safe harbors from copyright infringement liability for online service providers that are engaged in specified activities and that meet certain eligibility...more

Copyright Office Establishes New Electronic DMCA Agent Registration

Service Providers Must Re-register Online to Maintain Safe Harbor Protection - A service provider seeking to take advantage of certain of the safe harbors under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is required...more

Re-Register Takedown Agent or Lose Copyright Shield

If your website allows for posting of user-generated content and you filed an agent designation insulating you from copyright infringement claims, you may be about to lose that legal protection. All existing paper-filed agent...more

Want to Keep Your DMCA Safe Harbor? New Copyright Rules Require Reregistering

If you have a website, you need to reregister your designated agent with the Copyright Office. If you don’t, you will lose the safe harbor protections for copyright infringement liability afforded by the Digital Millennium...more

Faster, Cheaper Designation of Agents to Accept DMCA Take-Down Notices

A message in a bottle tossed into the sea stands little chance of reaching its intended recipient anytime soon. A notice, to be effective, must be delivered to someone somewhere as expeditiously as possible. What if that...more

Trump Skittles tweet illustrates photo copyright hazards

Even Halloween candy and political messages can implicate copyright law, as Donald Trump Jr.’s Skittles tweet illustrates. Back in September, Trump sent a tweet incorporating a photograph of a bowl of Skittles entitled,...more

Leaked Playboy Photographs Case Considers How Hyperlinking Can Infringe Copyright

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has blurred the lines between primary and secondary copyright infringement in a decision concerning hyperlinks to leaked photos of a Dutch celebrity’s Playboy photoshoot. For...more

Trick or Tweet? Team Trump Gets Sued Over Skittles Twitter Pic

Life may not be bowl of cherries for Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign these days. It’s more like a bowl of Skittles, as that is exactly what landed Team Trump in a copyright infringement suit filed in Chicago federal court...more

Intellectual Property for President 2016

The 2016 Presidential election season has produced moments of strife, humor, shock, and even a little magic. Most importantly, however, this election season has also provided us with plenty of IP fodder....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

Dancing Baby May Be Headed To Supreme Court

On August 12, 2016, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (“EFF”) petitioned the Supreme Court on behalf of its client, Stephanie Lenz, to reverse the Ninth Circuit’s decision in Lenz v. Universal Music Corp., 801 F.3d 1126...more

Ninth Circuit Retcons Its “Dancing Baby” Fair-Use Decision and Creates More Confusion

Apparently, George Lucas is not the only party in California who can edit his own work after release in order to change aspects he does not like. While perhaps not as culturally significant as changing “Star Wars: A New Hope”...more

Dancing Baby Waltzes Up to The Biggest Dance Floor in the Land

It’s not every day that SCOTUS is asked to review a case involving a video of a dancing baby. But that’s what happened late last week when the lawyers for Stephanie Lenz asked the Court to review the 9th Circuit’s decision...more

What You Need to Know About U.S. Law: You Really Need to Register Your Copyrights

As explained by the United States Supreme Court in Reed Elsevier, Inc. v. Muchnick, registering a copyright is an essential element of a cause of action for copyright infringement. Lesser appellate and trial courts have...more

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