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|New Timeline for Adoption of Definitive EU Data Protection Regulation|
Susan L. Foster; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
February 3, 2014, previously published on January 28, 2014(LONDON) The European Commission announced yesterday that it is working towards a revised timeline for the adoption of a definitive Data Protection Regulation by the end of 2014.
|Comment and Reply Comment Deadlines Set Regarding FCC’s Proposed Elimination of Sports Blackout Rules|
Seth A. Davidson, Arthur H. Harding, Ari Z. Moskowitz; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
January 31, 2014, previously published on January 24, 2014As announced last month, the Federal Communications Commission is proposing to eliminate its “sports blackout rules,” which allow sports teams to demand that cable systems and DBS providers black out imported distant broadcast signals when they are presenting a live telecast of a local...
|BREAKING NEWS: FTC Announces Major Settlement with Apple|
Cynthia J. Larose, Julia M. Siripurapu; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
January 30, 2014, previously published on January 15, 2014FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez just announced (press conference) that Apple, Inc. (“Apple”) has agreed to provide consumers full refunds of at least $32.5 Million Dollars to settle the Commission’s complaint alleging that Apple billed consumers millions of dollars in charges...
|Ferreting Out the Frauds: a Virginia Court Orders Yelp To Identify Anonymous Users|
Alicia Sienne Voltmer; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
January 28, 2014, previously published on January 22, 2014Social media is widely used in the hospitality industry for everything from promoting sales to recruiting new talent. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Foursquare, and a number of other sites provide hoteliers and restaurateurs with nearly limitless access to local, national, and international...
|Harsh Lessons on Social Media and Photography Use|
Alicia Calzada; Haynes Boone LLP;
January 22, 2014, previously published on January 14, 2014Can news organizations take images from a social media site and use them without asking permission? Over a year ago, a federal judge in the Southern District of New York said no, and in November, a jury awarded the photographer in that case $1.22 million dollars for such conduct. The verdict should...
|Virginia Sets Standard for Piercing Online Anonymity|
Gregory S. Emrick; Semmes, Bowen & Semmes A Professional Corporation;
January 17, 2014, previously published on January 2014The Virginia Court of Appeals set the evidentiary standard for piercing the constitutionally protected anonymity of reviewers when they are alleged to have defamed a company in an online review.
|FCC to Consider Classification of VoIP Services for Pole Attachment Rates|
Dentons Canada LLP;
January 16, 2014, previously published on January 8, 2014The FCC has been called upon again to determine whether Voice over the Internet Protocol (VoIP) services are telecommunications services. In order to resolve key issues in litigation over pole attachment rental rates, the US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Eastern Division...
|Your Car is Spying on You - How Car Manufacturers are Storing Data About You Without Your Consent|
Andrew M. Hinkes; Berger Singerman LLP;
January 14, 2014, previously published on January 10, 2014A Government Accountability Office Report found that major automakers have collected data from onboard navigation systems about the whereabouts of the drivers of their cars, but that drivers cannot obtain that information, or request that it be destroyed. The GAO report which investigated the...
|Advertising Law in Lebanon|
Nisrine W. El Haddad, Lara Salem; SADER & Associates (Advocates & Legal Consultants);
December 23, 2013, previously published on January 2013Advertising is part of daily life, from street posters, print ads, and online campaigns to indirect advertising such as promotional events. A variety of laws dictate what may or may not be advertised or marketed and in which ways. Among these laws are the Penal Code, the Publications Law, the...
|Bills Introduced in Congress to Revise Cable and DBS Signal Carriage Rules|
Seth A. Davidson, Arthur H. Harding; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
December 19, 2013, previously published on December 2013A pair of influential members of the House of Representatives (Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA)) have introduced end-of-session bills that would change the rules governing the carriage of broadcast signals by cable and DBS providers. While the bills differ in their approach,...