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Calling Toll-Free: Special Rules for Nonprofits Offer Safe Harbor from TCPA Liability

A company making calls to residential telephone numbers was not liable for alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) where the calls were made on behalf of a nonprofit, according to a recent decision...more

Deadline to Renew Your Copyright Agent Notice for DMCA Safe Harbor December 31, 2017

If you operate a website or other online service that permits users to post content, listen up. You could be liable for potential copyright infringement if one of your users posts content that infringes a copyright. ...more

Ensure Your Safe Harbor Protection – (Re)Designate Your DMCA Agent This Month

by Fish & Richardson on

The Copyright Office has announced a change that requires all internet service providers to re-designate their DMCA agent electronically by December 31, 2017. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) offers a safe...more

Simple IRA Retirement-saving Solution

by Ruder Ware on

Originally published on Badger Common'Tater - November 2017 Workplace retirement programs play an important role in attracting and retaining employees, helping workers (and owners!) save, and provide significant tax...more

The FAIR Act: Providing a Safe Harbor for ETF Research Reports

by K&L Gates LLP on

Investor demand for transparent, diversified, low-cost, passive investment products has accelerated over the last decade, and exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) have been among the primary beneficiaries of this demand. Assets...more

Business Litigation Report - November 2017

The Un-Crisis Crisis Law and Strategy Group - No Two Situations Are Alike—That’s the Challenge “How fast can you get to…” “Let’s see. I just got back from London. We’ll be there tomorrow.” As our founder John Quinn...more

DMCA Safe Harbor: Registration Required By December 31, 2017

by Akerman LLP on

Under certain circumstances, U.S. Copyright Law provides for “safe harbor” protection from liability for copyright infringement to entities (e.g., ISPs and website operators) hosting content provided by third parties. To...more

Nutter Bank Report, November 2017

by Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP on

Bipartisan Regulatory Relief Bill for Smaller Financial Institutions Introduced in Senate Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate, aimed at reducing regulatory burden on community banks, providing new...more

Expiring Soon: Temporary BPA Warning Regs Under Prop 65

With the holidays and end of the year quickly approaching, here is what food and beverage manufacturers and sellers need to know before the temporary Proposition 65 safe harbor warning for Bisphenol A (BPA) exposures expires...more

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

November 2017: Asia-Pacific Litigation Update

Safe Harbors in, Ipso Facto Clauses out: A (Long Overdue) Shake Up of Australian Insolvency Laws. The federal government has this month passed a suite of insolvency reforms with the consequence of significantly elevating the...more

Investment Services Regulatory Update - November 2017

by Vedder Price on

New Rules, Proposed Rules, Guidance and Alerts - SEC STAFF GUIDANCE AND ALERTS - SEC Staff Issues No-Action Letters to Facilitate Cross-Border Compliance with the Research “Unbundling” Provisions of the European...more

2017 End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” List Qualified Retirement Plans (Part 4)

by Snell & Wilmer on

As 2017 comes to an end, we are pleased to present you with our traditional End of Year Plan Sponsor “To Do” Lists. This year, we are publishing our “To Do” Lists in four separate Employee Benefits Updates. Part 1 covered...more

Ohio Proposes Act to Incentivize Consumer Data Security

by Benesch on

Legislation was recently introduced in Ohio encouraging businesses to take steps in protecting consumer data. Ohio Senate Bill 220, The Data Protection Act (the “Act”), provides businesses that take certain commercially...more

Time is Running Out for Retailers to Register DMCA Agent, Preserve Safe Harbor Protections

by Bryan Cave on

Retailers who host third-party content and comments on their websites have until the end of 2017 to register as internet service providers through the new online system in order to preserve their protections under the Digital...more

Plan Administrators’ 2017 Year-End Checklist

by Williams Mullen on

Plan administrators should review the following actions to be taken before the end of 2017 and focus on what to expect for 2018. The attached checklist addresses plan amendments, notices and other considerations for qualified...more

Part Two: In-Depth Look at New York’s New Data Security Bill

Second in a two-part series. Last week, in the first part of this series, we examined several key aspects of New York’s proposed data security law, Stop Hacks and Improve Data Security Act or SHIELD Act. In our second and...more

Calling all ISPs: Your DMCA Agent Must Be (Re)Designated By December 31, 2017

by Fish & Richardson on

The Copyright Office has announced a change that requires all internet service providers to re-designate their DMCA agent by December 31, 2017. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) offers a safe harbor to internet...more

Proposed Ohio Law May Encourage Businesses to Adopt Cyber Standards

Recently proposed legislation in Ohio could provide businesses with special protection from lawsuits in the event of a hack under certain circumstances. Senate Bill 220 would shelter businesses that have been proactive in...more

The Clock Is Ticking: Refile DMCA Designated Agent Registration by Dec. 31 or Lose Safe Harbor Benefits

If there is one thing you need to do by the end of the year, it is refiling your designated agent registration with the Copyright Office. The message from the Copyright Office is very clear — if you do not refile by December...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

Micro Offering Safe Harbor Act Passes House

On November 9, 2017, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2201, the Micro Offering Safe Harbor Act, by a vote of 232-188. The bill proposes to amend the Securities Act of 1933 to exempt certain micro offerings from state...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

New DMCA Regulations - January 1, 2018

As of January 1, 2018, the U.S. Copyright Office will implement new regulations that will impact online service providers – even those that have already registered an agent. ...more

Significant Revisions to China’s Commercial Bribery Law

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

China clarifies the scope of its commercial bribery law, which has important implications for companies and individuals doing business in China. Key Points: The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress has...more

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