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Third Circuit Panels Rule Differently on MySpace Parody Cases By Abby Lauer – Edited by Alissa Del Riego Layshock v. Hermitage School District, No. 07-4465 (3d Cir. Feb. 4, 2010) Slip Opinion Snyder v. Blue Mountain School District, No. 08-4138 (3d Cir. Feb. 4, 2010) Slip Opinion Two different Third Circuit panels handed down seemingly contradictory decisions last week after considering whether offensive parody profiles of school principals created by students using MySpace outside of school were protected by the ... Read More...
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First Circuit Holds That Artists Have Moral Rights In Unfinished Works By Debbie Rosenbaum – Edited by Alissa Del Riego Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art Foundation v. Büchel, No. 08-2199 (1st Cir. Jan. 27, 2010) Slip Opinion On January 27, the First Circuit affirmed in part, vacated in part, and remanded for further proceedings the district court’s grant of summary judgment for the Museum of Contemporary Art, holding that artists have moral rights in unfinished artworks. The First Circuit decided ... Read More...
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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...
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Ninth Circuit Adopts National Obscenity Standard in Adult Website Spam Case By Ian B. Brooks – Edited by Alissa Del Riego United States v. Kilbride, No. 07-10528 (9th Cir. Oct. 28, 2009) Opinion The Ninth Circuit has affirmed the District Court for the District of Arizona, which had convicted and sentenced defendants Jeffery Kilbride and James Schaffer of transporting obscene materials for sale. The Ninth Circuit held that a national community standard “must be applied in regulating obscene speech on ... Read More...
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Class action claim against Zicam manufacturer Matrixx reinstated by the Ninth Circuit By Abby Lauer – Edited by Alissa Del Riego Siracusano v. Matrixx Initiatives, Inc., No. 06-15677 (9th Cir. Oct. 28, 2009) Opinion The Ninth Circuit has unanimously reversed the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona’s holding, which had dismissed a class action claim against Zicam manufacturer Matrixx for the complaint’s failure to adequately allege a violation of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (“PSLRA”). ... Read More...
Posted On Nov - 1 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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