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Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act: Senate Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Implement Copyright Exceptions in Accordance with Marrakesh Treaty.

By Yi Yuan – Edited by Yue Teng
Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act, S. 2559, 115th Cong. (2018) In mid-March, the Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act (“Act”) was introduced in the Senate to implement the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled (“Marrakesh Treaty”) adopted in 2013 by the World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”). The Act is sponsored...
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Flash Digest – News in Brief

By Tue Tran – Edited by Reshma Lutfeali
Decentralized but centrally watched? Government agencies race to regulate cryptocurrency exchanges. On March 15, the SEC gave new signs of its policing efforts regarding cryptocurrency. Speaking at an investment conference, Stephanie Avakian, Co-Director of the SEC Enforcement Division, said that the agency is “very active, and [she] would just expect to see more and more.” The increased scrutiny targets not...
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Reports Flash Digest National Security
ACA International v. FCC: DC Circuit Partially Invalidates Robo-Call Regulations

By Hilary Hurd – Edited by JP Mohler
ACA International Et. Al v. Federal Communications Commission, No. 15-1211 (D.C. Cir. March. 16, 2018) A metallic voice, an unknown number. The uninvited “robo-call” is as old, if not older, than the cell phone itself. For many, it’s an unavoidable annoyance we begrudgingly accept. But for the Association of Credit and Collection Professions (ACA), it’s been an enduring source of...
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Reports Privacy Telecommunications
CLOUD Act Opens Up User Data to Foreign Governments

By Niki Edmonds – Edited by Jesse Burbank
The Clarifying Lawful Use of Overseas Data Act (CLOUD Act, S. 2383, H.R. 4943) On March 23rd, 2018, President Trump signed the CLOUD Act into law. The Act will revamp how the U.S. shares data that could be useful in criminal investigations with other nations, and how the U.S. government will procure this information from private companies.    The CLOUD...
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Cybersecurity Reports Privacy
Match Group (Tinder) v. Bumble: Online Dating Company That Owns Tinder Sues Dating App Founders by Tinder’s Co-Founders

By Yang Yu – Edited by Zainab Hashmi
Jury Trial Demanded, Plaintiff Match Group, LLC’s Original Complaint, Match Group, LLC v. Bumble Trading Inc., No. 6:18-cv-00080 (W.D. Tex, Mar. 16, 2018), hosted by Scribd. On March 16, 2018, Match Group, an online dating company that owns Tinder, sued another dating app, Bumble Trading Inc., founded by three ex-Tinder executives, in the United States District Court for the Western...
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Reports Patent Trademark
Fox News Network v. TVEyes: Second Circuit Finds TVEyes News Monitoring Services Are Not Protected By Fair Use

By Alex Noonan – Edited by Jaehwan Park
Fox News Network, LLC v. TVEyes, Inc., No. 15-3885 (2nd Cir. Feb. 27, 2018), opinion hosted by USCourts.gov. On February 27, the Second Circuit reversed the SDNY district court’s finding that TVEyes’ archiving of video clips constitutes fair use of Fox’s broadcasts and upheld findings that TVEyes’ other news monitoring functions are infringing. The Second Circuit ultimately held that all...
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ATS v. Coca-Cola: Federal Circuit Affirms Judgment that ATS’s Asserted Patent Claims Are Directed to Patent-Ineligible Subject Matter

By Jennifer Esch – Edited by Daniel Sylvia
Automated Tracking Solutions, L.L.C. v. Coca-Cola Co., No. 17-1494 (Fed. Cir. Feb. 16, 2018) (non-precedential), slip opinion. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a decision of the District Court for the Northern District of Georgia which had concluded in a judgment on the pleadings that patent claims asserted by Automated Tracking Solutions (“ATS”) in an alleged...
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FTC v. AT&T: 9th Circuit Broadens FTC’s Regulatory Authority with Regards to the Common Carrier Exemption

By Nati Hyojin Kim – Edited by David Zhou
FTC v. AT&T Mobility LLC, No. 15-16585, (9th Cir. Feb. 26, 2018) Last month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit en banc reversed a panel decision that limited the Federal Trade Commission’s authority to police the privacy practices of internet service providers. The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) can now proceed with enforcement actions against AT&T and other...
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Reports Privacy Telecommunications
Flash Digest – News in Brief

By Alicia Loh – Edited by Colette Ghazarian
Democrats to Reverse FCC Net Neutrality Repeal On February 27th, Democrats in the Senate introduced a resolution to reverse the Federal Communications Commission’s  (FCC’s) “Restoring Internet Freedom” order repealing the agency’s prior net neutrality rules from 2015. The FCC’s 2015 Open Internet Order prevented Internet service providers from engaging in blocking, throttling, or paid prioritization.  The Congressional Review Act allows...
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Reports First Amendment Flash Digest
Flash Digest – News in Brief

By Madeline Salinas – Edited by Ben Gunning
FCC Chairman Pai’s Strategy to Develop 5G Networks Requires Congressional Action On February 26, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced the Commission’s plan to escalate development of 5G spectrum in the United States. Developing 5G networks, the Chairman said, will enable the U.S. to remain competitive in the emerging industries that 5G deployment is expected to support, such as development of...
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Reports Flash Digest Fourth Amendment