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|Backlash Over Facebook Timeline Experiment Serves as a Reminder: User Expectations Still Trump Fine Print|
Jake Romero; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
July 18, 2014, previously published on July 9, 2014If you are one of the approximately 1.3 billion people who use Facebook, you’ve likely experienced the phenomenon where a single event (like Luiz Suarez biting that Italian guy or pretty much anything involving TSA) manages to raise the ire of a large number of your Facebook friends, causing...
|CASL Guidance for Registered Charities|
Rahim Esmail, Meghan Waters; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
July 17, 2014, previously published on July 15, 2014Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (“CASL”), which came into force on July 1, 2014, is considered to be the toughest commercial electronic messaging (“CEM”) legislation in the world, with substantial fines for violations (including fines up to $10 million for...
|U.S. House Passes Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act|
Michele Borens, Jonathan A. Feldman, Jeffrey A. Friedman, Todd A. Lard, Carley A. Roberts; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
July 17, 2014, previously published on July 15, 014On July 15, the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of H.R. 3086, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (PITFA), by a voice vote. PITFA would permanently extend the moratorium on state and local taxation of Internet access and “multiple” or “discriminatory” taxes...
|CRTC Issues Updated Guidance on Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation|
Henry J. Chang; Blaney McMurtry LLP;
July 17, 2014, previously published on July 7, 2014We previously provided a detailed analysis of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (“CASL”). The provisions that regulate the transmission of commercial electronic messages (“CEMs”) came into force on July 1, 2014, and are now effective.
|Are You Complying with Canada's New Anti-Spam Rules?|
Dorothy Deng, Jefferson C. Glassie; Whiteford, Taylor & Preston L.L.P.;
July 17, 2014, previously published on July 14, 2014Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation has gone into effect as of July 1, 2014, but there’s no need to panic if you know the basics.
|Interim Injunctive Relief Against Google as a Tool to Enforce Intellectual Property Rights Worldwide|
Sean Griffin, Catherine Martin; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
July 17, 2014, previously published on July 4, 2014Following the decision last month in which Google Inc. (“Google”) was ordered by the European Union’s Court of Justice to “forget” certain personal information, the Supreme Court of British Columbia (the “Court”) issued an interim injunction on June 13,...
|How to Market Alcohol Beverages Legally Using Social Media|
Elizabeth A. DeConti; GrayRobinson, P.A.;
July 17, 2014, previously published on July 15, 2014Restaurants and bars are marketing food and beverage items using social media more than ever before. Brands use social media sites such as Twitter to engage consumers and generate conversation, and companies make offers to consumers on Facebook and Foursquare to promote brand loyalty. These offers...
|Tennessee Employers and Social Media|
Don Benson; Hall Booth Smith, P.C.;
July 15, 2014, previously published on June 9, 2014Tennessee's new law prohibits employers, including government entities, from requesting or requiring access to the private social networking or online accounts of employees and job applicants.
|Florida Expands Requirements for Reporting Data Theft|
Matan A. Scheier, John Squitero; Katz Barron Squitero Faust;
July 14, 2014, previously published on July 9, 2014In response to increasing incidence and sophistication of cybercrimes, the State of Florida has expanded the guidelines of its existing data breach notification law. As a result, Florida businesses are well advised to upgrade their security protocols to decrease the likelihood of data theft, and...
|U.S. Supreme Court Finds Direct Copyright Liability for Subscriber-Directed Retransmissons of Over-the-Air Broadcasts|
Elisabeth A. Langworthy, Daniel C. Neustadt; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
July 9, 2014, previously published on July 1, 2014The U.S. Supreme Court held last week that a service provider directly infringes a copyright owner’s exclusive performance right when it transmits to subscribers individualized streams of copyrighted works almost simultaneously to their broadcast over the air. Justice Stephen Breyer, writing...