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By Alissa Del Riego* Edited by Miriam Weiler Editorial Policy The FTC’s new Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising (“the guidelines”), regulating blog postings that endorse products, take effect December 1, 2009. These guidelines represent the first time since 1980 that the FTC has updated its policies to adapt to new social media and the ever-growing presence of advertisement on the Internet. The guidelines seek to provide consumers with enough information to allow them to distinguish ... Read More...
Posted On Dec - 19 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Eric Engle Prosecutors Drop Controversial “Cyberbullying” Case: Possible Appeal? On November 20, Wired reported that the federal prosecutors in the Lori Drew cyberbullying case did not plan to appeal Drew’s acquittal. The trial judge reversed Drew’s criminal conviction by a jury, holding that criminal penalties for violating a website’s terms of service would be unconstitutional. Although Drew won’t have to further defend against criminal charges for her alleged harassment of a teenage girl who later committed suicide, she might ... Read More...
Posted On Nov - 29 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Michelle Berger Chief Judge of Federal Circuit to Hang Up His Robes As Patently-O reports, Chief Judge Paul Michel of the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals announced on November 20 that he will be retiring from the bench on May 31, 2010. Judge Randall Rader will replace him as chief judge at that time. Throughout his tenure, Michel has been outspoken on patent issue and the role of the court in shaping patent policy. Although he will no longer ... Read More...
Posted On Nov - 24 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Ninth Circuit Remands Cybersquatting Case By Debbie Rosenbaum – Edited by Amanda Rice Lahoti v. Vericheck Inc., No. 08-35001 (9th Cir., Nov. 16, 2009) Opinion On November 16th, the Ninth Circuit held that the district court’s finding that the mark “VeriCheck” was an inherently distinctive, legally protectable mark was based in part on erroneous legal reasoning and in part on valid reasoning. Accordingly, it vacated the lower court’s award of summary judgment in favor of the defendant and remanded. However, ... Read More...
Posted On Nov - 21 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Tyler Lacey Convicted Murderer Demands that Wikipedia Remove His Name from Victim’s Article On November 11, Wired reported that a convicted murderer in Germany has issued a cease-and-desist letter demanding that Wikipedia remove his name from his victim’s Wikipedia article. Wolfgang Werle murdered Bavarian actor Walter Sadlmayr in 1990, and was released on parole in 2007. The letter demands legal fees and compensation for “emotional suffering” caused by the publication of Werle’s name in connection with the murder since ... Read More...
Posted On Nov - 14 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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