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Leading Internet Case Law

Volume: 11 Issue: 4


The Court of Justice of the European Union held that online marketplace eBay was liable for trade mark infringement as it had taken an 'active role' in marketing fake goods to customers. / read more

In an injunction granted to members of the Motion Picture Association of America Inc., the UK High Court held that UK internet service provider BT had to block access to a website that facilitates the sharing of copyright infringing material. / read more

This article explores the ongoing legal battle involving an unidentified UK-based blogger who has allegedly written defamatory comments regarding a UK local authority on his 'Mr Monkey' blog, to which, it is alleged, several Twitter accounts are linked. / read more

The High Court offers tentative conclusions in relation to the concepts of 'communication to the public', 'substantial part' and 'transient copies' in the context of live streaming on the internet and to mobile phones of films and broadcasts. / read more

The Federal Court of Australia held that the use of a mark on an international website can be considered 'use as a sign in Australia' if such use is targeted to the Australian public. / read more

A US Court of Appeals held that a B2B website - which took Google to court because it had allegedly demoted its place in search result rankings - had to abide by its contractual obligation to file any Adword-related complaint in California. / read more

The UK Supreme Court dealt with the question of whether a costume prop, made and sold in the UK, breached UK copyright and whether breaches of foreign copyright can be justiciable in the UK. / read more

The Patents County Court held that pre-existing designs can assist a defendant significantly in defending an infringement action, so a register of past designs should be maintained. / read more

The UK High Court held that anonymised information - in this case, statistics - which cannot be used to identify a living individual is not personal data and, as such, can be disclosed following a 'freedom of information' request. / read more

The UK Court of Appeal held that newspaper headlines can be original literary works and, as such, end-users are required to obtain licences from the publishers to read the 'scraped' content of websites. / read more


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The bi-monthly case law publication providing expert analysis of key cases relating to the internet. Topics covered include intellectual property rights, copyright infringements, ISP liability, online advertising, distance selling regulations, privacy law, social networking, telecoms, and domain name disputes / read more

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