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Social Links: Inline link to tweet with photo could constitute copyright infringement; proposed California legislation could...

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...more

When Data Scraping and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Collide

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

As the volume of data available on the internet continues to increase at an extraordinary pace, it is no surprise that many companies are eager to harvest publicly available data for their own use and monetization. Data...more

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,...more

CFAA “Unauthorized Access” Web Scraping Claim against Ticket Broker Dismissed Because Revocation of Access Not Expressed in Cease...

A California district court issued an important opinion in a dispute between a ticket sales platform and a ticket broker that employed automated bots to purchase tickets in bulk. (Ticketmaster L.L.C. v. Prestige...more

Judge Dismisses Facebook Web-Tracking MDL

In November 2017, Judge Edward J. Davila dismissed a major multidistrict litigation accusing Facebook of unlawfully tracking users’ browsing activity across websites while they were signed out of their accounts. The...more

Ninth Circuit Issues Important Decision on Software Licensing Practices and Web Scraping

Earlier this month, the Ninth Circuit issued a noteworthy ruling in a dispute between an enterprise software licensor and a third-party support provider. The case is particularly important as it addresses the common practice...more

FTC Enforcement of COPPA for Internet of Things Reaches Flashpoint

by Morgan Lewis on

Galvanized by a confluence of charged factors—like privacy, cybersecurity, children, and the Internet of Things (IoT)—and sparked by recent assertions of Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) regulatory power, the...more

Privacy Tip #119 – Getting the Newest Smartphone as a Gift? Take Care When Downloading Apps

‘Tis the season for gift giving. Smartphones and mobile devices are a hot item during the holidays. The first thing many people do when they get a new phone or device is to start downloading apps. Since there will be a lot of...more

Three Point Shot - December 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Showdown over Mayweather – McGregor Streaming Glitches Knocked out of District Court - All boxing fan Victor Mallh ("Mallh" or "Plaintiff") wanted for the holidays this year was a chance to stand toe-to-toe with...more

Arbitration Provision TKOs Class Action Lawsuit by Online Viewer of Mayweather/McGregor Fight

Boxing fan Victor Mallh, attempting to take a class action swing at Showtime Networks for failures in its livestream broadcast of the Mayweather/McGregor fight in August of this year, will have to pursue his claim in...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

Controversial “Gripe Site” Protected (Again) by the Communications Decency Act and Defeats Novel Copyright Attack with Website...

The controversial consumer gripe site,, is at it again. The First Circuit recently affirmed a lower court’s ruling that was entitled to immunity under Section 230 of the Communications...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Application Of Arbitration Clause Found In Amazon’s Conditions Of Use

by Carlton Fields on

Applying Washington law, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a California federal court’s ruling that Amazon’s Conditions of Use (COU) created a valid contract between Amazon and its customers, and there was no...more

Action Required to Maintain DMCA Safe Harbor Protection

by Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass on

Parties that operate websites may enjoy immunity from copyright liability for the infringing posts of their users under the terms of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”). The DMCA offers a “safe harbor” from...more

Supreme Court Denies Appeals of Notable Data Scraping, Computer Fraud Decisions from Ninth Circuit

This past week, the Supreme Court denied the petitions for certiorari in two noteworthy Ninth Circuit decisions that had interpreted the scope of liability under the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) in the context...more

Amazon Delivers Pricing Challenge to Arbitration

Amazon successfully moved a putative class action challenging its pricing practices to arbitration after the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit held that the retailer’s agreement was not unconscionable....more

Data Scraping, Bots and First Amendment Rights

by Patrick Law Group, LLC on

A recent case involving a small workforce analytics startup fighting for its right to extract data from the largest professional networking site on the Internet may set a precedent for applying constitutional principles to...more

Update Your Browsewrap and Clickwrap Agreements

by Revision Legal on

A recent California case reminds businesses and website owners that browsewrap and clickwrap agreements must be conspicuous for courts to enforce them. See Long v. Provide Commerce, Inc., 245 Cal.App.4th 855 (2nd Dist. 2016)....more

Legal Issues For Creating And Maintaining Your Website

by Fraser Trebilcock on

The reach and impact of the internet is well known and it provides a must-have medium to advertise, promote, and conduct business. Setting up and maintaining your website may seem like a relatively straightforward process,...more

Equifax Breach Checker – Curiosity May Have A Cost (But It’s Refundable)

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Individuals who have received notice of a HIPAA breach are often offered free credit monitoring services for some period of time, particularly if the protected health information involved included social security numbers. I...more

A Green Light for Screen Scraping? Proceed With Caution…

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Court Issues Injunction Barring Blocking of Scraping and Holds CFAA Likely Doesn’t Apply - Websites make information available to clients, users, customers and subscribers. Data aggregators, investors, competitors and...more

Ending Data Scraping Dispute, Craigslist Reaches $31M Settlement with Instamotor

Craigslist has used a variety of technological and legal methods to prevent unauthorized parties from violating its terms of use by scraping, linking to, or accessing user postings for their own commercial purposes. For...more

Federal Appellate Court Enforces Terms of Use, Including Arbitration Provision, Entered During Mobile Application Registration...

On August 17, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued an important decision in a high-profile case against Uber Technologies that has broad implications for the enforceability of terms of use entered on...more

SCC Decision Calls into Question Enforceability of Choice of Forum Clauses in Consumer Contracts

In June 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) released its decision in Douez v. Facebook (Douez). The case concerned the application of a choice of forum clause included in Facebook’s terms of use to stay a class action...more

Supreme Court of Canada Leaves Forum Selection Clauses in a State of Uncertainty

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Facebook, Inc. (Facebook) recently lost a decision before the Supreme Court of Canada regarding the enforceability of the forum selection clause in its standard terms of use. Accordingly, organizations should carefully review...more

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