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Spain Passes a “Google Tax,” Analysts Predict it Will be Short-Lived

By Michael Shammas — Edited by Yixuan Long

Spain recently amended its Intellectual Property Law and Code of Civil Procedure to levy fees on aggregators that collect snippets of other webpages. It is at least the third example of a European government fining search aggregators to support traditional print publishing industries, a practice often labeled a “Google tax” because of the disproportionate impact such laws have on the search giant. Some analysts are already predicting that Spain’s new law will fail.

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Posted On Nov - 18 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Delaware Act Broadens Access to Online Accounts of the Deceased

By Paulius Jurcys – Edited by Henry Thomas

The State of Delaware adopted the Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act which will give personal representatives, custodians and trustees access to the digital accounts of a deceased person. The Act, which comes into effect on January 1, 2015, aims to reduce existing hurdles which surviving family members and attorneys face in disposing with the deceased person’s digital assets.

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Posted On Nov - 4 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Flash Digest: News in Brief

By Paulius Jurcys

CJEU Grants “Causal Event” Jurisdiction for Online Copyright Infringement

Creators of the Blue-LED Technology Receive Nobel Prize

California Enacts Open Access Legislation

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Posted On Oct - 14 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Emulsification: Uber, UberX, and Growing Pains of the Local Sharing Economy

Written by: Michelle Sohn

Edited by: Olga Slobodyanyuk

While politics and fears of disruption certainly play large roles in this regulatory drama, this comment points to a larger legal controversy at work—the increased emulsification of commercial and private uses. Although the focus of this comment is on Uber and D.C., the larger goal is to identify major regulatory tensions with the local sharing economy by examining actual and proposed municipal regulations and laws.

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Posted On Aug - 31 - 2014 1 Comment READ FULL POST

Unlocking Cell Phones Made Legal through Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act

By Kellen Wittkop – Edited by Insue Kim

Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act allows consumers to unlock their cell phones when changing service providers, but the underlying issue of “circumvention” may have broader implications for other consumer devices and industries that increasingly rely on software.

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Posted On Aug - 5 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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