Balough Law Offices, LLC

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1 N. LaSalle St. Ste. 2020
Chicago, IL 60602, United States
Contact: Richard Balough, Member
Phone: 312-499-0000
Areas of Practice
  • Business Organizations
  • Communications & Media Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation
  • Privacy
  • Science, Computers, & Tech
Number of Attorneys
2-10 Attorneys

Appellate Court Finds Monkey Lacks Statutory Standing in Copyright Dispute

(April 23, 2018) Not only did Naruto lose its “next friend” PETA, but now it has formally lost its appeal to assert a copyright claim for the famous Monkey Selfies. The Ninth Circuit found that the crested macaque, as a…more
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License Allows Copying Whether Done in House or at FedEx

Great Minds and FedEx Office and Print Services, Inc. don’t think alike, especially when it comes to copying Great Minds documents. The non-profit organization designs educational materials, releasing them to the public…more
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Website Successfully Uses DMCA Safe Harbor After Copyright Owner Skips Notification Step

(March 16. 2018) A website that allows anyone to post videos and images, includes in its terms of use a prohibition against posting copyrighted material, and upon notice promptly takes down infringing materials is protected from…more
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Cybercriminal Malware Targets High Value Cryptocurrency

(March 15, 2018) Cybercriminals are following the money and it is leading them to cryptocurrency. In the March 2018 McAfee Labs Threats Report, the company found “one of the biggest developments in cybercrime is an increasing…more
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Court Affirms Nike Did Not Infringe Photo of Michael Jordan

(February 28, 2018) A Nike, Inc.-commissioned photograph of Michael Jordan flying through the air holding a basketball with the Chicago skyline in the background did not infringe the copyright of a photograph of the basketball…more
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Embedding Images in Social Media May Be Copyright Infringement

The widespread practice of embedding links to images and videos on other sites is copyright infringement, according to a New York U.S. district court. The court rejected the Ninth and Seventh Circuit’s use of the “server…more
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Providing Serial Number of Device Not Enough to Trigger a VPPA Violation

It’s not a violation of the Video Privacy Protection Act (“VPPA”) for a video service provider to send to a third party vendor the serial number of a video device and identify the video being watched by a viewer of a digital…more
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Glassdoor Can't Close Door on Grand Jury Subpoena for Posters' IDs

(November 9, 2017) Glassdoor, Inc. can’t prevent a grand jury from seeing the email addresses and other information of users who posted anonymous reviews about their employer because their posts are not protected by the First…more
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Subway Settlement Giving Attorneys a Lot of Dough Doesn’t Measure Up

(August 25, 2017) A settlement giving the class attorneys $525,000 without giving customers any meaningful benefits was thrown out by the Seventh Circuit, which found class never should have been certified because the case…more
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Google This: Google Trademark Not Generic

Even though the public may use “google” in a generic sense with regards to internet search engines, that fact alone does not suffice to cancel Google’s trademarks. The Ninth Circuit affirmed summary judgment for Google…more
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Text Message Platform May Be Autodialer But Consent Makes Texts OK

A text message platform that sends messages only to a set list of numbers may be an “autodialer” under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the Seventh Circuit found. However, if the party claiming a violation of the…more
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Supreme Court Decision Opens Door to Fashion Design Copyright Protection

Fashion designers might be able to stitch together copyright protection for their clothing thanks to the Supreme Court. In a divided decision, the Supreme Court granted copyright protection to cheerleading uniforms because…more
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DHS and FBI Urge Organizations to Boost Cybersecurity to Avoid Russian Hackers

The Joint Analysis Report on the Russian cyber activity in the recent election also serves as a warning to others of the need to implement best cybersecurity practices to protect computer systems. The report by the Department…more
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Adult Affairs Website AshleyMadison Settles with FTC on Data Exposure

The website designed to help adults have discrete affairs agreed to settle charges concerning its lack of adequate data security that exposed 36 million of its accounts to hackers in 2015. AshleyMadison.com and its operating…more
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Be Wary: Ransomware Attacks Climb in 2016

Ransomware attacks continued to accelerate in 2016, both in terms of attacks and the variety of programs, a new report says. From January to the end of September, attacks on businesses increased threefold from one every 2…more
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