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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

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

Company “Branding” and the Benefits of Federal Trademark Registration

Selecting and protecting your “brand” should begin from the very moment a business is in the process of being formed, whether that business is a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, limited liability company, or...more

DMCA Agent Registration Reminder

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

If your company hosts any type of user generated content on a website, then you should appoint and record a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) agent with the Copyright Office to take advantage of safe harbor provisions...more

Time is Running Out to Update DMCA’s Safe Harbor Agent Designations

by Bryan Cave on

As we previously reported, internet service providers must register their agents through the new on-line system before the end of 2017 to preserve their benefits under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s (“DMCA”) safe...more

Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) – Designate Your Agent.

by Williams Mullen on

The U.S. Copyright Office issued a rule change to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) § 512 safe harbor provision that affects the rights of online service providers that are new to the DMCA system or those that...more

Northern District Of California Pares Allegations In Shareholder Suit Against Twitter

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On Monday, October 16, 2017, Judge Jon S. Tigar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California granted in part and denied in part a motion to dismiss a shareholder class action alleging violations...more

Reminder: Action Required by December 31 To Avoid Losing DMCA Safe Harbor Protection

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

On December 1, 2016, the US Copyright Office replaced its directory of designated agents for receipt of Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notices of claimed infringement with a new electronic system. As part of this...more

The Katten Kattwalk - Issue 14

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

Disputes Between Departing Member and Remnant Group - In Lyons vs. American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit addressed a dispute regarding the proper...more

December 31st Deadline to Re-Register a DMCA Designated Agent

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Online service providers have until December 31, 2017, to re-register a designated agent with the Copyright Office if they want to remain eligible for protection from copyright infringement liability under the Digital...more

Navigating the Lifecycle of an Eponymous Brand (Part 3)

In this three-part series, we identified three distinct seasons in the lifecycle of an eponymous brand: (1) Choosing the Brand, (2) Commercializing the Brand, and (3) Legacy of the Brand. In Part 1, we discussed what is at...more

Tick Tock - Website Owners Face Deadline to Preserve Liability Safe Harbor

All owners of websites accessible in the United States need to be aware of new rules that directly control a website owner’s potential liability for copyright infringement. On December 1, 2016, the United States Copyright...more

Grey Marketing – Still Not Black and White in Canada

by Smart & Biggar on

Grey marketing, sometimes referred to as “parallel importation”, is the diversion of goods, originally intended for sale only in certain countries, to other countries where they were not intended to be sold. The goods are not...more

On Your Mark—"TM" or "®"? Trademark Notice Guidelines

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

When starting a new business or developing a new brand, business owners tend to have common trademark-related questions: Do I need a trademark registration? What rights will a registration provide? What are the associated...more

Selecting a Mark

While branding is important, selecting a mark for a new business can occupy a disproportionate amount of management’s time and the company’s resources, and present significant risks to the business....more

New Year’s Resolution – Be Compliant With the DMCA!

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

Copyright Office Issues New Rule – A Fresh Designation of Agent Submission is Required Before The End of 2017 to Be Compliant With The DMCA - The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) provides safe harbors from...more

Craft brewery startups: Early stage IP considerations

by McAfee & Taft on

By all accounts, as we head into 2017, the craft beer industry will continue to experience tremendous growth. This is due to primarily to increasing consumer demand. Also, favorable legislation in some states should help fuel...more

New Copyright Office Rule Creates Potential “Gotcha” for Blogs and Websites Hosting User-Generated Content

If your company operates a website or blog that hosts user-generated content, you’ll want to read this post carefully. We’re ringing the alarm bell on an important new U.S. copyright law development that, if ignored,...more

New DMCA Agent Registration Rules Essential to Section 512 Immunity

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Recent copyright office rule changes could terminate an unsuspecting OSP’s eligibility for the DMCA’s safe harbor provisions. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) creates an important safe harbor from copyright...more

Update To DMCA’s Safe Harbor Agent Designations

by Bryan Cave on

Internet service providers keen on preserving the safe harbor provisions contained in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) should take note: the U.S. Copyright Office has developed an online system for designating...more

Copyright Office Rule Changes Require Website Owners to Take Action to Benefit From DMCA Safe Harbor

On December 1, the US Copyright Office replaced its directory of designated agents for receipt of Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notices of claimed infringement with a new electronic system. As part of this process,...more

New Regulations Will Affect Service Provider Protections Under the DMCA

by Lathrop Gage on

The Copyright Office recently announced amendments to its regulations that, if not followed, will affect a service provider’s eligibility to seek protection under the safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright...more

Terms And Conditions For Your App: 6 Key Considerations

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

For corporations, the mobile app is today’s website. Back in the late 1990s, no self-respecting company, no matter how stodgy and old-fashioned, wanted to be without a website. Originally published in Law360,...more

Website Operators Must Use New Online System to Qualify for DMCA Safe Harbor

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

On December 1, 2016, online service providers (including most website operators, cloud service providers and online communication services) must qualify for the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) safe harbor by using a...more

Got a Website or an App? Take Action to Protect Yourself!

by Brooks Pierce on

The U.S. Copyright Office has announced a new electronic filing system for registering websites, apps, and other online platforms for “safe harbor” protection from copyright infringement liability. The new system becomes...more

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