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Online Sales Restrictions Are a Luxury - European Court Clarifies Prohibition of Third Party Platform Sales for Luxury Goods

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On 6 December 2017, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued its judgment on online platform sales bans for luxury goods in selective distribution systems in Coty (C-230/16). The ECJ ruled that luxury goods manufacturers...more

California Court of Appeals Affirms Dismissal Under Anti-SLAPP Statute of Defamation Claim Against Online Platform Hosting...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A recent appellate ruling may have important implications for online publishers who invite, encourage, and even compensate third-party contributors to post information without prior approval or review....more

Reminder: Service Providers Must Comply with New Requirements for Copyright Safe Harbor by December 31, 2017

As we discussed in our previous alert, the deadline for internet service providers to re-register electronically for copyright safe harbor protection is rapidly approaching on December 31, 2017....more

December 31, 2017: Last Day To Designate DMCA Agent Or Lose Safe Harbor Eligibility

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Starting December 31, 2017, all online service providers (which includes website owners) who want to take advantage of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Safe Harbor must designate a registered agent with the U.S....more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Dec. 1st, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Our weekly OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending December 1, 2017 is below. This week’s Update features a variety of distribution stories as well as a report on the latest rankings of the large hotel loyalty...more

Selective distribution and online sales: complying with EU competition law after the Coty judgment

by Hogan Lovells on

The Court of Justice of the European Union recently issued a landmark judgment that will affect distribution and online sales in particular in the consumer goods and digital sectors....more

Selective Distribution Systems and Bans on Sales of Luxury Products via Online Market Platforms: Initial Thoughts on the CJEU’s...

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) confirmed in a short judgment of 6 December 2017 that a prohibition imposed on authorized distributors from using third party platforms for the sale of their luxury products...more

“Tap Here For A Doctor” – The Proliferation of Telemedicine In The Gig Economy

by Fisher Phillips on

Several years ago, many people were leery of the thought of ordering personal drivers through a mobile app and getting into a car of a complete stranger. However, over time, the idea of ride-sharing through Uber or Lyft has...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Nov. 22nd, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s Update for the shortened week ending Wednesday, November 22, is below....more

All Eyes On The Supreme Court: The Battle For Widespread Legalized Sports Wagering In America To Have Its Day In Court

by Dickinson Wright on

The biggest legal showdown in a long time on a question of gaming policy is about to come before the United States Supreme Court. At stake is the ability of the states to tap into a legalized sports betting market that could...more

Blockchain: Use Case – Copyright

by Hogan Lovells on

In the context of the digital use of copyrighted works, the concept of the “value gap” has been around for some time. The question is whether authors and rights holders are sufficiently involved in the revenues generated by...more

Operate A Website? Don’t Miss The 12/31 Deadline To Update Your DMCA Notice

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

If you operate a website that accepts user-generated content, now is the time to contact the Copyright Office. Many online service providers (OSPs) accept user-generated content. Examples include e-commerce websites that...more

Court Says Glassdoor Must Disclose Anonymous Reviewers’ Information in Grand Jury Proceedings

by Fenwick & West LLP on

In a case with free speech implications, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on November 8, 2017, affirmed the denial of Glassdoor, Inc.’s motion to quash a grand jury subpoena for the identities of the Glassdoor...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Nov. 10th, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending November 10, 2017 is below. Senator Kobuchar’s recent request for an DOJ and FTC investigation into OTAs’ purportedly anti-competitive practices leads this...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

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Nov. 3rd, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Our weekly OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending, Friday, November 3, is below. The week’s update features a variety of stories, including a potentially landmark purchase by Airbnb....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

Shouldn’t your firm start sharing with the 700 million Instagram users?

by Adrian Dayton on

If your firm is still resisting Instagram, I have a message for you: 2010 called and they want their social media strategy back. Instagram has experienced explosive growth since 2010, so why hasn’t your firm’s social media...more

Regulatory Changes Affecting All “Service Providers” – 12/31/17 Deadline

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The U.S. Copyright Office has imposed new requirements on service providers in order to maintain safe harbor protection under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”). Service providers who don’t meet these requirements...more

LinkedIn – in whose professional interest?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

LinkedIn is the biggest online network of professionals in the world. Many employers encourage staff to use LinkedIn to promote their organisation. While employees may share content relating to their organisation, they...more

Deadline Fast Approaches For Final DMCA Registration

by Ifrah PLLC on

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) provides a safe harbor from copyright infringement liability for online service providers. While not a particularly famous law, it is a critical law because it enables websites to...more

DSM Watch: Leaked Compromise Proposal by JURI on the Draft Regulation on Online Transmissions and Retransmissions by Broadcasters

by Hogan Lovells on

Not long ago, we reported on the Committee on Legal Affairs’ (JURI) decision to temporarily postpone its final vote on the new Copyright Directive (COM(2016) 593). We also pointed to some other copyright-related initiatives...more

ALERT: Register (Or Re-Register) Your DMCA Agent Online By December 31, 2017 Or Lose Safe Harbor Eligibility For User-Generated...

by Cole Schotz on

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) affords an invaluable safe harbor to online “service providers” (as that term is very broadly defined in the DMCA) for copyright infringement claims arising from user-generated...more

Importing Products From China: Beware FCC Regulations

by Revision Legal on

There are many startup and already successful e-commerce entrepreneurs who are importing products from China and then make good profits by re-selling them on Amazon and/or on similar online sales platforms....more

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

The U.S. Copyright Office is making changes to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) safe harbor agent registration process. The changes impact both new online service providers as well as existing online service...more

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