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|Pinterest Contest Draws FTC Warning|
Barry M. Benjamin, Lindsay A. Victor; Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP;
April 11, 2014, previously published on April 8, 2014A Pinterest contest conducted by Cole Haan, Inc. recently resulted in an FTC warning. Shoe company Cole Haan held a contest via Pinterest that required contestants to create a board entitled “Wandering Sole.” Contestants then had to pin at least five images from Cole Haan’s...
|Is Wheeler Gaga for Gigabit? The FCC Liberates 100 MHz of Spectrum for Unlicensed Wi-Fi|
Douglas A. "Drew" Svor, Dave Thomas; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
April 11, 2014, previously published on April 7, 2014On April 1, the FCC took steps to remedy a small but growing annoyance of modern life: poor Wi-Fi connectivity. Removing restrictions that had been in place to protect the mobile satellite service uplinks of Globalstar, and by unanimous vote, the FCC’s First Report and Order on U-NII will...
|Four Things You Need to Know About the SEC Roundtable on Cybersecurity|
Steven G. Brody, Jason E. Glass; Bingham McCutchen LLP;
April 10, 2014, previously published on April 7, 2014Cybersecurity failures in 2013 exposed the vulnerabilities of the financial markets, financial institutions, and public companies to cyber-incursions. In setting an agenda for 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it would begin scrutinizing the cybersecurity...
|Email Use Policies Must Be Meaningful|
Kelly Friedman; Davis LLP;
April 8, 2014, previously published on March 24, 2014Coming up in the elevator this morning, I was reading the “Elevator News Network” (I am on the 60th floor, so it is hard not to stare at something!). It contained a bit of advice about Email Use Policies. The advice: Do not allow personal emails before noon, so as to ensure your...
|When is an E-mail a Business Record?|
Kelly Friedman; Davis LLP;
April 8, 2014, previously published on March 27, 2014Following my previous post, “E-mail Use Policies Must Be Meaningful,” it was pointed out to me, quite rightly, that a difficult part of implementing an e-mail use policy is defining what is a “business record.”
|Virtual Reality: IRS Provides Guidance on the Treatment of Bitcoin and Other Virtual Currency Transactions|
Robert S. Chase, Jonathan Goldman, Daniel R.B. Nicholas, Amish M. Shah, Rich Sun; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
April 4, 2014, previously published on March 31, 2014On March 25, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2014-21 (the Notice), which provides guidance regarding the tax treatment of Bitcoins and other virtual currency through a series of “frequently asked questions” (FAQs). The Notice provides that virtual currency is...
|Facebook Announces Purchase of Oculus VR, a Virtual Reality Gaming Company|
Irene Lu, Stephanie L. Zeppa; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
April 4, 2014, previously published on March 28, 2014On March 25th Facebook announced the social media company’s plans to acquire Oculus VR for approximately $2 billion. Oculus is best known for its forthcoming product, Oculus Rift, a virtual reality gaming headset. By offering expansive 3D views and technology that reacts to a user’s...
|Antisocial Media- Union Not Liable For Threatening Facebook Posts|
Gregory D. Ballew; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
April 2, 2014, previously published on April 1, 2014Imagine if you will, that a company-sponsored website allows employees to post comments. During the course of a union strike, an employee who chooses to cross the picket line posts a comment threatening to kill union members who try to stop him. The company does not disavow the post. Would the...
|Brazil Internet Act Approved in the House of Representatives|
Salim Jorge Saud Neto, Fernando Fernandes Xavier; Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown LLP;
April 2, 2014, previously published on March 28, 2014The House of Representatives has approved Bill 2,126/2011 (the so called ‘Internet Act’), which establishes general principles for use of internet in Brazil. The bill is now pending examination and approval by the Federal Senate. However, approval is expected to occur shortly.
|New Generic Top-Level Domains Will Create New Trademark Issues: The Trademark Clearinghouse Can Help|
Ronald J. Ventola, Christine E. Weller; Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP;
April 1, 2014, previously published on March 27, 2014A top-level domain is the part of an Internet address appearing to the right of the last period. A generic top-level domain (gTLD) is a top-level domain that is not a geo graphic or national designation—“.com,” “.org,” and “.net”are gTLDs. Formerly gTLDs...