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Firm Profile: Morrison & Foerster LLP
425 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-2482, United States
Phone: (415) 268-7000
Fax: (415) 268-7522
Areas of Practice
  • Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Communications & Media Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Law & Trade
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Privacy
  • Science, Computers, & Tech
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Other U.S. Locations
  • California
  • Colorado
  • D.C.
  • New York
  • Virginia
Other Countries
  • Belgium
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • United Kingdom
Number of Attorneys
1,000+ Attorneys

Social Links: Revenge porn victim awarded $6.4M; the discoverability of photos posted to Facebook; can users be blocked from government officials’ social media accounts?

Based on copyright infringement, emotional distress and other claims, a federal district court in California awarded $6.4 million to a victim of revenge porn, the posting of explicit material without the subject’s consent. The…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Intellectual Property

The Coming Border Wars: U.S. Court Decision Refusing to Enforce Canadian Court Order Highlights the Growing Balkanization of the Internet

Does a search engine operator have to delist websites hosting, without authorization, your trade secret materials or other intellectual property? The answer may depend on where you sue—just ask Google. The U.S. District Court…more
 /  Civil Remedies, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade

Lawsuit Against Online Dating App Grindr Dismissed Under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act continues to act as one of the strongest legal protections that social media companies have to avoid being saddled with crippling damage awards based on the misdeeds of their users…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Products Liability

Social Links: Inline link to tweet with photo could constitute copyright infringement; proposed California legislation could restrict website operators’ efforts to have minors consent to terms of use

In a decision that has generated considerable controversy, a federal court in New York has held that the popular practice of embedding tweets into websites and blogs can result in copyright infringement. Plaintiff Justin Goldman…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Consumer Protection, Intellectual Property, Personal Injury

The FTC’s Quest for Better Influencer Disclosures

In the last few years, as advertising has followed consumers from legacy media such as television to online video and social media platforms, the Federal Trade Commission has been attempting to ensure that participants in this…more
 /  Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Communications & Media Law

All Eyes on Fair Use: The Second Circuit Delivers a Victory for Copyright Owners

In U.S. copyright law circles, one of the hottest topics of debate is the degree to which the fair use doctrine—which allows for certain unauthorized uses of copyrighted works—should protect companies building commercial…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property

California Court Holds That YouTube’s Removal Notice Is Not Defamatory

As we have noted previously, YouTube users sometimes object when the online video giant removes their videos based on terms-of-use violations, such as artificially inflated view counts. In a recent California case, Bartholomew…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Personal Injury

The Best of the Best of CES 2018

This post is a bit meta. It is about an event that I attended that was about an event that I didn’t attend. Let me explain. I missed the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this year, but was fortunate to attend the Paley Center…more
 /  Science, Computers, & Technology, Transportation

Proceed To Check Out? The Impact Of 2018 European E-Commerce Reforms

The European Union (EU) has made reform of the e-commerce rules in Europe one of its main priorities for 2018. The European Commission has already published two proposed Directives relating to cross-border e-commerce but…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, International Law & Trade, Products Liability, Science, Computers, & Technology

Social Links: Facebook ups its facial recognition game; retracing Twitter’s 2017 missteps; YouTube stars’ fan bases reach their saturation point

In order to comply with a new German law requiring social media sites to take down hate speech, Twitter and Facebook removed anti-Islamic social media posts authored by a German far-right political party…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology

Anonymous Internet Users Beware: New Presumption in Favor of Unmasking the Losing Anonymous Defendant

Following a recent decision from the Sixth Circuit, anonymous bloggers and other Internet users who post third-party copyrighted material without authorization have cause for concern. They may be unable to preserve their…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

A List of Lists - 2018

Often derided as clickbait, listicles get a bum rap. They can be light on substantive content, sure, but sometimes that’s a good thing, especially for the busy readers of legal blogs, who would do well to treat themselves to…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Consumer Protection, Finance & Banking, Science, Computers, & Technology

2018: Predictions From Socially Aware’s Editors and Contributors

Happy 2018 to our readers! It has become a Socially Aware tradition to start the New Year with some predictions from our editors and contributors. With smart contracts on the horizon, the Internet of Things and cryptocurrencies…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Intellectual Property, International Law & Trade, Privacy

Social Links: Twitter’s tougher anti-hate-speech policy; tech-industry-friendlier version of bill to narrow the §230 safe harbor; 2017’s top posts

In an effort to deter hate groups from tweeting sanitized versions of their messages, Twitter has began considering account holders’ off platform behavior when the platform evaluates whether potentially harmful tweets should be…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Consumer Protection, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Social Links: Proposed legislation to outlaw “catfishing” & protect young Web users; blockchain technology’s impact on marketing

The government in Indonesia has warned the world’s biggest social media providers that they risk being banned in that country if they don’t block pornography and other content deemed obscene…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology
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