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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

The Data Report: Data Security for Travelers

by Bilzin Sumberg on

This week on The Data Report, Litigation attorney Jay Ward discusses data security for travelers. He highlights tips for maintaining your privacy while on the road, including using a VPN and only accessing webmail from a...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

Financial Services Report – Winter 2017

by MoFo Reenforcement on

EDITOR’S NOTE - The holidays came early for the financial services industry. First, the Senate voted to repeal the CFPB’s rule banning class waivers in arbitration agreements in consumer financial contracts. Then,...more

Of Touting, Tweets and Advertising

by Allen Matkins on

Last month, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued this public statement warning about touting of securities by celebrities...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - November, 2017 #3

by WilmerHale on

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: What Actually Happens the Day Net Neutrality Is Repealed - In two weeks the FCC will decide if it will replace the current rules regarding “Net Neutrality.” ...more

Infamy and Public Shaming: The newest risk of using "offshore" entities - What investors, companies and high-net-worth...

by Dentons on

While many companies and businesspeople actively manage their online and social media presence – many overlook the reputational impact of their financial and tax planning decisions. The recent “Paradise Papers” leak...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

Artificial Intelligence: Expectations of the IT Department

by Morgan Lewis on

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the hot topic on everyone’s mind. Technology providers are researching and developing how they can exploit AI, companies in a wide range of industries are seeking to understand how AI will...more

States Urge Reversal of Physical Presence Rule That Bars Collecting Sales Tax From Online Retailers

by Bryan Cave on

Thirty-six state attorneys general, most recently joined by California and Hawaii, have filed an amici curiae brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider the “physical presence test”. The test requires that a retailer...more

FDA Draft Guidance on Menu Labeling

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On November 7, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released draft guidance regarding menu labeling requirements for certain chain restaurants and food establishments that are subject to the menu labeling requirements...more

REMINDER: Electronic (Re-)Registration of DMCA Agent Required By December 31

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Online service providers have until December 31, 2017 to register (or re-register) their designated DMCA takedown agent and maintain § 512(c) safe harbor eligibility. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act provides a safe...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

Pace of M&A Deals in Social Media Industry Slows After Record Year

Technology-company M&A slowed down significantly over the last year, with deal volume down by 15% across the globe in Q3 of 2017 compared to Q3 of 2016, and a $37 billion decline to $119 billion in Q3 2017 tech-company deal...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

EU Retail News - October 2017

by Bryan Cave on

One of the biggest threats to a retailer's reputation is an allegation of involvement in slavery, human trafficking, or child labour. Retailers are now expected to be more transparent than ever, with the Modern Slavery Act...more

European Commission Furthers its Initiative on Crowdfunding and Peer-to-Peer Lending Platforms

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The European Commission has published an Inception Impact Assessment on the possible introduction of legislation for crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending. The Inception Impact Assessment discusses the need for the EU to...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - November 2017

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: the formal withdrawal of the United States from the EITI; the...more

Digital Innovation and the Experiential Evolution of Retail

Since the rise and ubiquity of e-commerce, it’s no secret that brick-and-mortar retailers have seen a decline in foot traffic. Retailers are facing store closures, and some perceive digital as a threat to their existence....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

New York Public Service Commission Issues Rules for Distributed Energy Resource Suppliers

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The New York Public Service Commission (PSC) recently issued Uniform Business Practices for distributed energy resource (DER) providers (or suppliers), similar to the consumer protection standards that are already in place...more

Reminder to service providers: re-register your DMCA agent designation by 12/31/17

by DLA Piper on

All businesses that operate an online site or server where users can post content need to re-register their Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) agent designations with the Copyright Office....more

VR, AR and Emerging Tech for LBE Experiences

Manatt has previously covered the role of location-based entertainment (LBE) in driving awareness of virtual reality (VR)—in early 2016 after witnessing more brand-driven VR activations at SXSW (and its first AR/VR track),...more

Houston Court of Appeals Finds Pre-PSA Emails Created Binding Contract

by Winstead PC on

The use of email in modern transactions is pervasive. Few negotiating parties consider, however, the possibility that those emails may create a binding obligation when the transaction requires finalization through a formal...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

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