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If Your Company’s Websites or Blogs Host User-Generated Content, Please Read This Client Alert!

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In the classic rock song “Light My Fire,” ‘60s icon and the Doors’ lead singer Jim Morrison sang, “The time to hesitate is through.” If your company operates a website or blog that hosts user-generated content, and has yet...more

Dec. 31 Deadline to Preserve DMCA Service Provider Immunity

By Dec. 31, 2017, eligible service providers must use a new online system at the Copyright Office to designate agents to receive Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notices. This is true for all eligible service...more

Protecting Prestige: EU Decision Safeguards Sale of Luxury Brands From Online Marketplaces

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a major victory for luxury brands in Europe that could have far-reaching effects on e-commerce sales of luxury products in the future, the European Court of Justice (COJ) recently held that a luxury goods supplier can stop...more

Reminder: Service Providers Must Comply with New Requirements for Copyright Safe Harbor by December 31, 2017

As we discussed in our previous alert, the deadline for internet service providers to re-register electronically for copyright safe harbor protection is rapidly approaching on December 31, 2017....more

Draft regulation on online transmissions and retransmissions – EP ready to negotiate with Council and Commission

by Hogan Lovells on

Drama at the European Parliament: whoever thought the dispute within the Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) around the adoption of a new regulation dealing with online transmissions by broadcasters and retransmissions...more

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by BakerHostetler on

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) includes a safe harbor provision that protects appropriately registered online service providers from potential secondary liability for the infringing acts of others. Ironically, in...more

December 31, 2017: Last Day To Designate DMCA Agent Or Lose Safe Harbor Eligibility

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Starting December 31, 2017, all online service providers (which includes website owners) who want to take advantage of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Safe Harbor must designate a registered agent with the U.S....more

Wearable tech: Securing the right kind of IP protection – ‘Intellectual Values seminar series #2’ video

by Hogan Lovells on

On 17 October 2017, Hogan Lovells, London hosted its annual ‘Intellectual Values’ seminar which this year focused on the ‘connected world’. Katie McConnell, a Counsel in our IPMT team, gave a snapshot of the issues arising...more

Copyright Liability Safe Harbor Treatment Requires Action by December 31, 2017 for Many

by Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP on

Website or information “service providers” who in the past have made hard-copy filings to designate agents to take advantage of the “safe harbor” liability shield provision under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)...more

Streamlined Canadian trademark litigation — Court of Appeal opens door to full compensation

by Smart & Biggar on

A recent decision of the Federal Court of Appeal sheds light on a streamlined litigation procedure that brand owners may find attractive. In Group III International Ltd v Travelway Group International Ltd, 2017 FCA 215...more

Copyright Does Not Protect Ideas, Only Expression

On December 6, 2107, Judge Louis Stanton dismissed Randy Brown’s copyright law suit against Time Warner, Turner Broadcasting, Cartoon Network and others, based upon the claim that the television series Black Jesus infringed...more

Don’t Lose Your DMCA Safe Harbor for Copyright Infringement Claims

by Morgan Lewis on

The December 31, 2017 deadline for online service providers to reregister designated agents under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) in the US Copyright Office’s new online directory is fast approaching....more

Reminder: By December 31, 2017, Online Service Providers Must Re-Register DMCA Agents Registered Before December 1, 2016

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

December 31, 2017, is a key deadline for online service providers that store content provided by third-party users. By that date, providers must designate an agent with the Copyright Office for receipt of Digital Millennium...more

After Schiano: Lessons For Athletic Directors from Tennessee’s Coaching Search

The vetting and hiring of a new coach is one of the most critical responsibilities athletic directors face. Athletic directors work to identify coaching candidates that will give the university’s teams an opportunity to win...more

Trademark Enforcement in the Social Media Age

Attorneys in general, and trademark attorneys in particular, have a reputation for heavy handedness. The traditional weapon of choice for these legal pugilist has been, and continues to be, ye olde cease and desist letter. A...more

Creative Trademark Enforcement Part I: Velcro Companies Aim To Sing You Into Submission

Readers of this blog are likely aware that trademark owners are required to actively monitor, police, and enforce their trademarks against infringement and misuse. Failure to do so can result in limitation of and, in the...more

Deadline to Renew Your Copyright Agent Notice for DMCA Safe Harbor December 31, 2017

If you operate a website or other online service that permits users to post content, listen up. You could be liable for potential copyright infringement if one of your users posts content that infringes a copyright. ...more

Six Key Trademark Filing and Protection Strategies for Canada in 2018

by Smart & Biggar on

As 2017 draws to a close and we begin to look forward to the new year, the countdown to the implementation of Canada’s new trademark law begins in earnest. Announced in 2014, Canada’s Bill C-31 is expected to be implemented...more

gTLD Sunrise Periods Now Open

As first reported in our December 2013 newsletter, the first new generic top-level domains (gTLDs, the group of letters after the "dot" in a domain name) have launched their "Sunrise" registration periods. Please contact us...more

Ensure Your Safe Harbor Protection – (Re)Designate Your DMCA Agent This Month

by Fish & Richardson on

The Copyright Office has announced a change that requires all internet service providers to re-designate their DMCA agent electronically by December 31, 2017. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) offers a safe...more

Should Old Designations Be Forgot: A NYE Deadline for DMCA Agent Designations

If you serve as a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) agent or have clients who do, then you should ensure your official designations with the U.S. Copyright Office won’t automatically expire once the New Year rolls in....more

"Types" of Protection for Font and Typeface Designs

As a counterpoint to our article last month regarding a copyright infringement and breach of contract lawsuit filed against Target over a computer font program, we provide a brief overview of the options for protecting the IP...more

Posting Service Entitled to Broad Immunity Under CDA

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit agreed with the district court that posting service immunity under the Communications Decency Act (CDA) should be “broadly construed,” and that the act of posting complaints was...more

CJEU rules on Cloud Recorder: Transmission constitutes a communication to the public that requires the right holders consent

by Hogan Lovells on

On 29 November 2017, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) handed down a decision on a video recording service that stores TV programmes online in a cloud (C-265/16 – VCAST). ...more

Reaction Videos and Fair Use

Platforms such as YouTube allow individuals to post videos online for the world to see. Because YouTube and other such video hosting services derive revenue through ads placed on popular videos, content creators have...more

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