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Ninth Circuit Amends Opinion to Broaden Fair Use Protections in DMCA Takedowns

By Sheri Pan – Edited by Henry Thomas

Lenz v. Universal Music, the “dancing baby” copyright case, was decided in 2015. However, in March of 2016, the 9th Circuit issued an amended opinion. The changes removed language – mostly dicta – from the original opinion, seemingly raising the bar for copyright holders. Importantly, language suggesting that rightsholders need not conduct a “searching or intensive” review of potential fair use defenses was removed.


Posted On Apr - 4 - 2016 Comments Off READ FULL POST

District Court Finds Hertz Not Liable for Employees’ Social Media Posts

By Sheri Pan – Edited by Henry Thomas

After a Hertz employee posted a racist, threatening, and otherwise offensive comment about a customer to Facebook, that customer attempted to hold Hertz accountable. The customer contended that Hertz negligently supervised and trained the culpable employee, and that the company had a duty to prevent employees from harassing customers on social media. The district court, however, found that no such duty existed.


Posted On Mar - 29 - 2016 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Senate Introduces Consumer Review Freedom Act to Protect Online Consumer Reviews

By Sheri Pan – Edited by Cristina Carapezza

On September 16, 2015, the Senate introduced the Consumer Review Freedom Act (CRFA) of 2015.  The bill prohibits businesses from using “anti-review contracts,” provisions that prevent individuals from leaving reviews about a business’ product, service, or conduct.  The bill was originally introduced by Senator John Thune (R-SD).  On Wednesday, November 4, 2015, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing to discuss the bill.


Posted On Nov - 17 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST

California Passes Landmark Digital Privacy Law

By Sheri Pan — Edited by Ariane Moss

On October 8, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act, thereby heightening privacy protections for digital records.  Under the new regime, state government entities must secure a search warrant to obtain the content and metadata of electronic communications.


Posted On Oct - 25 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Government Agents Indicted for Wire Fraud and Money Laundering in Silk Road Investigation

By Sheri Pan – Edited by Jens Frankenreiter

Two former Drug Enforcement Administration agents have been charged for wire fraud and money laundering in connection with an investigation of Silk Road, a digital black market that allowed people to anonymously buy drugs and other illicit goods using Bitcoin, a digital currency. The two agents were members of the Baltimore Silk Road Task Force and allegedly used their official capacities and resources to steal Bitcoins for their personal gain.


Posted On Apr - 21 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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