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Why The Brouhaha Over “Gadfly”?

University of California – Berkeley law school Professor Steven Davidoff Solomon started a contretemps amongst corporate governance mavens when he published this piece in The New York Times DealBook. Broc Romanek, writing...more

Discovery of Social Media Data

The digital revolution has caused tremendous growth in the volume of documents stored and collected electronically. It has also caused the creation of new sources of digital data, one of the most significant of which is...more

Sweepstakes and Contests: What You Need to Know

The value of reaching an audience and potential new customers using social media continues to grow exponentially every year. Savvy corporations are continually looking to exploit and capitalize upon the information that can...more

Website Operator Not Liable for UGC; Also, Sun Rises in the East

Last month, the Sixth Circuit ruled that website operators are not liable for content provided by others (User Generated Content or UGC) because of Section 230 immunity under the Communications Decency Act in the Jones v....more

FDA Issues Two Additional Draft Guidance Documents on Social Media

On June 17, 2014, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released two additional draft guidance documents relating to the pharmaceutical industry's use of social media. One of the guidance documents addresses how...more

“Oh right. . . THAT thing!” Designated Agent Required Prior To DMCA Copyright Infringement Safe Harbor

The recent case of Oppenheimer v. Allvoices is, if nothing else, a cautionary tale for everyone who wants to start the next big social networking site or provide any internet service with user-generated content. The moral is...more

FTC Workshop Addresses New Data Privacy Issues Concerning Consumer Generated Health Data

On May 7, 2014, the FTC hosted the latest seminar in their Spring Privacy Series to address the status of Consumer Generated and Controlled Health Data and relate results of recent FTC studies on the topic. Consumers are...more

Are websites legally responsible for content posted by their users?  [Video]

Phoenix Business law firm Jaburg Wilk's Intellectual Property attorney Maria Crimi Speth discusses websites legal responsibilities. For more information visit www.jaburgwilk.com....more

Manipulating User Postings Removes Service Provider from CDA Immunity

As detailed on this blog before, the immunity from "publisher or speaker" liability for interactive computer service providers under the Communications Decency Act (CDA) is broad and generally encompasses a wide variety of...more

Fight against Cyber bullying more successful after self-regulatory code?

Cyber bullying might be better prevented as a consequence of the self-regulatory code whose draft version is now subject to a consultation run by the Italian Ministry of the Economic Development....more

Italy’s High Court Upholds Acquittal Of Google Executives In Video Privacy Case

On December 17, Italy’s highest court, the Italian Supreme Court of Cassation, issued a landmark ruling upholding the acquittal of three Google senior executives by the Milan Court of Appeals. Initially, an Italian trial...more

Stealth Lawyer: Zach Abramowitz, 'Blogcaster' [Video]

Dec. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Zach Abramowitz, co-founder and chief executive officer ofReplyAll, talks with Bloomberg Law's Spencer Mazyck about his transition from practicing law at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP to creating the world's...more

Ownership of Business-Related Social Media Accounts

Social media platforms have become an increasingly important means for companies to build and manage their brands and to interact with their customers, in many cases eclipsing companies’ traditional “.com” websites. Social...more

Parameters of CDA Immunity Being Tested by Appeals Court in Jones v. Dirty World Entertainment

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is currently hearing an appeal of a district court decision, which if upheld would have enormous ramifications for freedom of speech and the online service provider safe harbor...more

#Libel and the Lulu App

You can rate your favorite pizza place online. Why not your ex-boyfriend? That’s the idea, at least, behind Lulu. The popular app allows women, verified through their Facebook profiles, to rate men using pre-written...more

Staving Off Scrapers of User-Generated Content with Electronic Copyright Transfers… A Legal (But, Perhaps Not a Practical)...

It’s a problem that has vexed website owners since the days of the dot-com boom – how to make certain user-generated content available to users or subscribers, but also prevent competitors and other unauthorized parties from...more

Imagine There’s No Safe Harbor: Does the DMCA Apply to pre-1972 Sound Recordings?

Vimeo, the online video service, is seeking leave to appeal to the Second Circuit on the issue of whether sound recordings made prior to 1972 are covered by the safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act...more

Legal concepts every social media marketer should know: Part IV - User Generated Content (Content Treasure Trove v. Legal...

Companies are looking for online interaction with customers, a solid presence on social media, and other dynamic ways to connect with potential consumers. Often, this means campaigns and their websites will rely on some form...more

A Legal Guide To The Use Of Social Media In The Workplace

In This Issue: - Introduction - Social Media And The Employment Relationship - Wage And Hour Considerations - Discrimination Laws - Protected Activity Laws - Applicant Screening...more

Intellectual Property Legal News - June 3, 2013 • Volume 1, Number 3

In This Issue: - CANADA’S LONG-AWAITED COPYRIGHT MODERNIZATION TAKES EFFECT: To much fanfare and after years of debate and consultation, the government of Canada passed the most important reforms to Canadian...more

Are The Legal Rules For User Generated Content Becoming More Nuanced?

The general legal advice to website operators who allowed User Generated Content (UGC) in the form of comments, videos or pictures used to be relatively easy....more

Potential Bad News for UGC Music Sites: Pre-1972 Tracks May Not Be Covered By the DMCA’s Safe Harbor

When you think of “Peggy Sue” by Buddy Holly, “Johnny B. Goode” by Chuck Berry, and “My Girl” by the Temptations, you think classic, iconic, rock and roll. Now, in light of the most recent legal setback against music sharing...more

Taking On The Internet For Your Client's Reputation

My cell phone rings at 6:30 on a Friday evening. It's the CEO of a client company and she is panicked. Hysterical. It turns out she was doing some "old-fashioned" investigating by performing Google searches on herself and the...more

UK Court of Appeal Holds That, Upon Notice, Google May Be Liable For Defamatory User-Generated Content on Blogging Platform...

In a unanimous ruling issued on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, the England and Wales Court of Appeal held that Google may be deemed a “publisher” of (and held liable for) defamatory user-generated content appearing in blogs hosted...more

Assignment of Copyright through Terms of Use: Does E-Sign Make It OK? A Tool for B2B Sites Dealing with Unauthorized Access to...

It is a common practice for Web site providers who accept submissions of user-generated content to include a license provision in their “Terms of Use” to obtain rights to use the content....more

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