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DSM Watch: EU Copyright reform – where do we stand?

by Hogan Lovells on

Reform of EU copyright is the core of the Commission’s Digital Single Market strategy. Various legislative initiatives have been proposed but the “heart” of the reform is without a doubt the proposal for a new copyright...more

Materially and Substantively Modifying Online Articles Restarts the Clock in NJ Defamation Claims

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently held, in Petro-Lubricant Testing Laboratories, Inc. v. Adelman, that New Jersey’s one-year statute of limitations for defamation claims restarts if an online article’s author materially...more

Fake News, Real Jail Time?

by Akin Gump - Excubitor on

Malaysia recently prosecuted the first case under its new anti-fake news law, sending a Danish citizen, Salah Salem Saleh Sulaiman, to jail over a video posted on a popular website. In the video, Salah claimed he was there...more

DBO Issues Phishing Warning

by Allen Matkins on

The Department of Business Oversight recently published a warning to beware of "phishing" schemes. The DBO points out that it sends its Monthly Bulletins and other time-sensitive communications through its list host,...more

EO Update: e-News for Charities & Nonprofits

New IRS online tool offers expanded access to information on tax-exempt organizations; newly-filed data available to public for first time - The IRS introduced a new online tool designed to provide faster, easier access...more

Three Future Trends Every Gig Business Should Know About

by Fisher Phillips on

As of a few months ago, there were approximately 127.7 million full-time gig workers in the United States. And with statistics supporting continued growth into the future, upstart businesses, traditional businesses, and every...more

Secretary Of State Finds Business Chatbots And Online LLC-1 Filings

by Allen Matkins on

The California Secretary of State's office yesterday announced two improvements to its business website. The first is "Eureka" which is intended to allow the public to navigate the Secretary of State's website using...more

Private Facebook Posts Could Be Fair Game For Discovery

by Fisher Phillips on

New York’s highest court recently held that social media users may be required to turn over information from their accounts—regardless of the user’s chosen privacy settings—as part of the discovery process (Forman v. Henkin)....more

Intellectual Property - Copyrights - The World in US Courts: Spring 2018

Spanski Enters., Inc. v. Telewizja Polska, S.A., US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, March 2, 2018. The Carsey-Werner Co., LLC v. British Broadcasting Corp., US District Court for the Central District...more

SEC Announces Launch Of SALI; What About The States?

by Allen Matkins on

Earlier this week, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced the launch of a new online tool for investors. The SEC describes this tool as follows...more

EU Advocate General opines on legality of reuse of freely available online content

by Hogan Lovells on

The concept of a “communication to the public” under the InfoSoc Directive has given rise to a great many cases yet the meaning remains somewhat uncertain. In a case brought by the German Federal Court of Justice...more

DSM Watch - Platforms: EU Commission issues a Recommendation and a draft Regulation as the DSM approach towards ISPs takes (an...

by Hogan Lovells on

In a nutshell: As part of the DSM strategy, the Commission has recently published a series of new proposals impacting platforms and ISPs, including a Recommendation on tackling illegal content online and a draft Regulation on...more

The Right Tools in the Box — Tackling Competition and Consumer Issues in Online Platforms

On 26 April 2018, the European Commission (the “Commission“) published a long awaited draft regulation on promoting fairness and transparency in online platforms, introducing some new rules for the operators of platforms...more

Anonymous Posts Of Alleged Trade Secrets: Free Speech?

Imagine you are an employer. Someone has anonymously posted your trade secrets or other improper content on Glassdoor, which publishes anonymous employee reviews about employers. While Glassdoor and similar online publishers...more

EU Plans to Regulate Online Platforms and Search Engines

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

New proposed EC Regulation would impose transparency obligations vis-à-vis business users and introduces collective redress. Background - Businesses increasingly use online platforms and search engines to reach...more

Liability regulation of online platforms in the UK

by Hogan Lovells on

The UK's diverse ecology of online platforms is a key growth engine for the UK economy and society. It enables knowledge discovery, sales, social and economic interaction and the sharing and distribution of content. Please...more

The DMCA’s Safe Harbor Provision And Policing Repeat Infringers

by Weintraub Tobin on

The Ninth Circuit recently revisited the issue of the applicability of the safe harbor provision of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) in the case Ventura Content, Ltd., v. Motherless, Inc., et al. (decided March...more

Abuse of Dominance Concerning Online Platforms

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Large online platforms such as Amazon, Facebook and Google have a strong presence in Europe. Although general competition law principles apply to them, cases concerning online platforms give rise to a lot of novel questions...more

Big Brother to Review Visa Applicants’ Social Media History?

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Handing over access to your social media account might be the next big move in U.S. immigration law. In a formal notice issued on March 30, 2018, the Department of State advised that it plans to require nearly all visa...more

Privacy Perils: How Much "I" is TMI?

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

In a Privacy Peril last month we noted steps you can take to lockdown your Facebook account so you are not inadvertently sharing data with unintended third parties. While recent revelations have disclosed how extensively...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Australian authorities confirm renewed interest in parity provisions; Singapore opens...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Australian Authorities Confirm Renewed Interest in Parity Provisions - ("Online Booking Clauses Still Cause for Concern for Australian Competition Authority," MLex, April 11, 2018) (subscription required) - Speaking...more

Head of FDA Calls on Doctors, Internet-Service Providers To Join Opioid Fight

Painkillers Prescribed Haphazardly While Online Sales Soar - One of the reasons the nation’s opioid crisis has spun out of control could be the fact that doctors are not trained universally in the field of pain management....more

EU: Cross-border parcel delivery – Council approves final text of regulation

by Hogan Lovells on

The Digital Single Market, as pushed forward with increasing speed by the European institutions, does not end with the click of a “purchase” icon. Goods ordered and bought online need to find their way to the purchaser, be it...more

Tick-Tock — Time May Be Running Out For TCCWNA Claims

In Spade v. Select Comfort Corp., 2018 N.J. LEXIS 483 (2018), the New Jersey Supreme Court provided insight on interpreting elements of the Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act, N.J.S.A. 56:12-14 to -18...more

“New Deal for Consumers” – draft package adopted by the European Commission

by Hogan Lovells on

The European Commission has adopted a “New Deal for Consumers” package which aims to empower consumers, promote fairness and build trust across the single market. ...more

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