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Understanding the Shared Responsibility Model in Cloud Services Agreements

by Morgan Lewis on

Not that long ago, companies were concerned about the ramifications of putting all their data in a cloud, including how they would get that data out, so only certain discrete aspects of systems and storage infrastructure were...more

CFAA “Unauthorized Access” Web Scraping Claim against Ticket Broker Dismissed Because Revocation of Access Not Expressed in Cease...

A California district court issued an important opinion in a dispute between a ticket sales platform and a ticket broker that employed automated bots to purchase tickets in bulk. (Ticketmaster L.L.C. v. Prestige...more

Can the EU Deliver? The EU Regulation on Cross-border Parcel Delivery

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The European Union (EU) has reached a provisional agreement on a proposed new Regulation on EU cross-border parcel delivery services. The European Commission’s aim is to make pricing and tariffs more transparent and give...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Mr. Dow’s wild ride ended on an upswing yesterday, with the DJIA adding back nearly 600 points and the three primary US indices up between 1.7 and 2.3%....more

Net Neutrality Order Deep - Dive: Open Internet Rules Repealed, Transparency Requirements Remain, FTC Role over Broadband Privacy...

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

In this Client Alert, we provide a deep dive on the FCC’s recent Declaratory Ruling, Report and Order, and Order, that largely repeals the so-called “Open Internet” regulatory framework implemented by the prior FCC Chairman...more

Will Facebook’s Recent Announcement of Changes to News Feed Affect Legal Immunities for User Content?

Facebook recently announced that it would make changes to its news feed to prioritize content that users share and discuss and material from “reputable publishers.” These changes are part of what Mark Zuckerberg says is a...more

Navigating the Road Ahead: Auto Industry Stakeholders and Regulators Convene to Discuss Connected Vehicle Privacy

by Hogan Lovells on

In the same week that the automotive industry gathers in Washington, D.C. for the 2018 Washington Auto Show, a cross-section of automotive stakeholders, government officials, and consumer and privacy advocates came together...more

Navigating the Road Ahead: Auto Industry Stakeholders and Regulators Convene to Discuss Connected Vehicle Privacy

by Hogan Lovells on

In the same week that the automotive industry gathers in Washington, D.C. for the 2018 Washington Auto Show, a cross-section of automotive stakeholders, government officials, and consumer and privacy advocates came together...more

Update on Floating Warehouses and Drone Delivery

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

In the age of instant gratification, retail giants are turning to technology to fill customers’ orders as quickly as possible. The once-unimaginably-fast two-day shipping standard is starting to seem outdated and sluggish....more

Google Extends Commitments with the FTC over Crawling of Third-Party Content for Use in Own “Vertical” Sites

In a blog post last month, Google announced that it would extend certain commitments it made to the FTC in 2012 that were set to expire relating to, among other things, the scraping of third-party content for use on certain...more

Google App Disables Art-Selfie Biometric Comparison Tool in Illinois and Texas

We have been closely following the legal and legislative developments relating to biometric privacy, and in particular, the flow of litigation under the Illinois biometrics privacy law. It was interesting to see how the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The Times explores the $27 billion in fixed-income-trading income that has seeped out of Wall Street over the past 5 years thanks to “a combination of tough regulations, new technologies, calm markets and changing customer...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

AT&T has dropped plans to sell the Mate 10—the newest smartphone from China’s Huawei Technologies—just before the partnership was to be announced. AT&T gave no reasons for its abrupt reversal, but lawmakers have recently...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Google linked to new allegations of collusive keyword practices; Argentina's distribution...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Happy New Year from Seattle... I hope all of you enjoyed the holidays. Our final, year-end OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending December 29, 2017 is below. ...more

TMT Horizons 2018

by Hogan Lovells on

Some of the 800+ Hogan Lovells lawyers who look at the TMT Industry Sector share their perspectives on the future. From Tokyo to Mexico; from Blockchain to satellites; from M&A to privacy. Please see full Publication below...more

Reflections on Technology-Related Legal Issues: Looking Back at 2017; Will 2018 Be a Quantum Leap Forward?

As we approach the end of 2017, it is a time to reflect on the dizzying pace of technology evolution this year, and the amazing array of legal issues it presented. Similarly, it is a time to look forward and anticipate what...more

Making VHS Relevant Again: The Uncertain Scope of Personal Information Protected by the Video Privacy Protection Act of 1988

The Ninth Circuit recently became the third federal appellate court to tackle what constitutes “personally identifiable information” protected by the Video Privacy Protection Act of 1988 (“VPPA”). Last year, the First Circuit...more

The Future of Retail: Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

by DLA Piper on

Once concepts belonging purely to science fiction, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) have changed from being mere constructs of our imagination to a powerful marketing tool with tremendous business potential....more

No Liability for Self-Publishing Platforms over Author’s Use of Unauthorized Cover Photo

In a brief, unpublished opinion, the Sixth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of right of publicity and privacy claims against a host of self-publishing platforms and service providers for distributing an erotic (and purported...more

Consent under the GDPR: Official Guidance Now Available

One of the most striking changes to EU privacy law under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (which goes into effect May 25, 2018) is the very strict approach to user consent. For many years, companies operating in...more

Company Abandons ICO, Agrees to Cease-and-Desist; SEC Chairman Issues ICO Warning

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

December 11, 2017 was a day of reckoning for entrepreneurs conducting or contemplating initial coin offerings, and for securities professionals who advise them. ...more

Contract Corner: Software License Checklist for Licensees: 20 Issues to Consider When Working from the Vendor’s Form (Part 2)

by Morgan Lewis on

Picking up where we left off, below is the remainder of our quick checklist of issues that customers should consider in any software licensing agreement. Today’s items include more traditional legal issues to add to those...more

Contract Corner: Software License Checklist for Licensees: 20 Issues to Consider When Working from the Vendor’s Form (Part 1)

by Morgan Lewis on

Everybody does it. We may say that we only use the “customer’s paper” when contracting, but we know that is often not the case when entering into licenses for commercially available, off-the-shelf (COTS) software products....more

Online Sales Restrictions Are a Luxury - European Court Clarifies Prohibition of Third Party Platform Sales for Luxury Goods

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On 6 December 2017, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued its judgment on online platform sales bans for luxury goods in selective distribution systems in Coty (C-230/16). The ECJ ruled that luxury goods manufacturers...more

Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Legal Bulletin | December 2017

by Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. on

Sen. Hatch Introduces New Bill Regulating Cosmetic Safety - Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has introduced legislation aiming to modernize cosmetics regulation, proposing amendments to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act...more

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