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Status Updates - June 2014 #5

..Lately, when Facebook has wanted to increase its users’ engagement on its site, it has turned to taking out ads—on Facebook. The theme is “Where will your friends take you?”...more

The “Coffee and Naps” School of Business Ethics Training: Part 3

There are a number of pieces that come together to make an end-to-end business ethics training system. The emphasis in that sentence was on system – a successful ethics program isn’t just a one-time event. Let’s look at the...more

Cyber Law Tracker: Privacy Victory in Europe: EU’s Highest Court Requires Google® To Comply With An Individual’s Demand “To Be...

The European Union's highest court has issued a landmark ruling: henceforth, individuals may influence what information search engines display about them. Before Tuesday's ruling, search engines such as Yahoo®, Google®, or...more

TCPA Connect

Two Recent Yahoo! Decisions Produce Differing Results for TCPA Liability - ..PA Court: Yahoo!’s System Not an ATDS: Yahoo! won dismissal of a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) suit when a federal court...more

Yahoo and Yelp Team Up for Local Search

Yahoo has announced a partnership with Yelp to boost its local search service. Soon, Yahoo will start showing Yelp’s listings and reviews of local businesses as you access Yahoo Local. The changes should roll out in the...more

Microsoft Takes Home The Gold In Arbitration Against Yahoo!

For the past several years, Yahoo! has been merging its search engine and search ads system, Panama, with Microsoft’s Bing search engine. Yahoo! “paused” its efforts to integrate with Microsoft in Taiwan and Hong Kong when...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

Time to Change that Facebook Password

If you haven’t been paying attention to “password hygiene” preached by this blog and others, perhaps it’s time. Jose Pagliery from CNNMoney reports of a large-scale hack that has compromised over 2 million passwords at...more

Brandmarking: Thoughts On The Creation, Protection, And Enforcement Of Brand Identity

In This Issue: - Much Ado About YAHOO! - Lawsuits Can Be Easier to Get Into Than to Get Out Of - Johnny Football, Inc. - Excerpt from Johnny Football, Inc.: It should come as no surprise that...more

Week in Review - September 12, 2013

This week, people around the world remembered the anniversary of 9/11, and President Obama continued to contemplate actions against Syria. Even passive users who may not read the newspaper experienced these events through...more

Google, Yahoo, and Ad Networks Agrees to Set of Best Practices to Combat Online Piracy

The United States Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel recently blogged about a new effort to combat online piracy of intellectual property. The broad-based effort attempts to leverage the...more

When Employees Work From Home, They Bring Your Company’s Employment Law Obligations Along With Them

Several months ago Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer announced that the company would discontinue its telecommuting program. This announcement unleashed a firestorm of debate over the merits and disadvantages of allowing employees to...more

Week in Review - July 18, 2013

As Edward Snowden continues to seek asylum, privacy issues remain center stage in the world of technology. Universities are rethinking their network security as they face cyberattacks from around the world. The University of...more

White House and Ad Networks Release Best Practices for Discouraging Piracy and Counterfeiting

The White House's Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), and leading ad networks including Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft, and AOL have created self-regulatory...more

FTC to Search Engines: Distinguish Paid Search Results or Risk FTC Action

While Google is already subject to commitments it made to the FTC regarding the requirement to afford advertisers non-discriminatory access to its search engine, the FTC’s latest guidance makes clear that Google and other...more

Massachusetts Jury Finds Violation of Stored Communications Act and Massachusetts Privacy Laws

In January 2011, David Cheng (Plaintiff) filed a lawsuit against his former co-worker and fellow radiologist, Laura Romo (Defendant), alleging a violation of the Stored Communications Act (SCA) and Massachusetts privacy law....more

Foreign Territory for U.S. Digital Media Providers: The Legal Terrain in Italy

In this ever-growing world of global digital media, U.S. digital media providers are increasingly finding themselves subjected to the varying, and in some instances, evolving laws related to intellectual property protection...more

Terms of Service and Deceased User’s Account

In Ajemian v. Yahoo Inc. (May 7, 2013), a Massachusetts court considered this question. Two brothers, who administered their brother John’s estate, brought a lawsuit against Yahoo for access to email messages of their...more

When An Employer Provides More Parental Leave To Mom Than Dad, Is This Gender Discrimination?

I received a ton of feedback on last week's blog post, which discussed Yahoo's new parental leave policy and its FMLA implications. Much of the feedback related to Yahoo's decision to provide 16 weeks of paid maternity leave...more

Yahoo's Sweetened Parental Leave Policy Raises Practical FMLA Certification Issues For Moms And Dads In The Workplace

It seems that what Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer taketh, she giveth back. Or something like that. As you will recall, Mayer made waves several months back when she banned all Yahoo employees from working from home, a rather...more

Yahoo's $30 Million May Be 'Underpay' for Summly's D'Aloisio [Video]

May 7 (Bloomberg) -- Gregory Gale, partner at Squire Sanders LLP, talks with Bloomberg Law's Spencer Mazyck about his representation of 17-year-old British programming whiz Nick D'Aloisio in the recent sale of his mobile...more

Social networks do not deliver more leads than search engines

Social marketing is a popular topic on blogs, in lawyer magazines, and at conferences. This attention is certainly well deserved. Just look at the audience: Facebook – 1 billion+ users Google+ – 500 million+...more

Around the Virtual Word: March 25-29, 2013

A weekly wrap up of interesting news about virtual worlds, virtual goods and other social media. In This Issue: - RUMOR: Google Is Launching An Augmented Reality Based E-Book Line - Valve Can't Pull Plug...more

5 Risks of Telecommuting (And How Employers Should Handle Them) [Video]

No matter what your view on CEO Marissa Mayer's recent decision to revoke work-at-home privileges for Yahoo! employees, telecommuting is a reality for the contemporary workforce. But it is not without legal risks. And you...more

Advertising Law - Jan 25, 2013

In This Issue: Energy Drink Draws the Ire of the NAD; User Files TCPA Suit Against Yahoo; and Yogi Can’t Bend the Law for Copyright Protection....more

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