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Leading Internet Case Law

Volume: 12 Issue: 1

Lady Gaga's company successfully sought an interim injunction on the basis of trade mark infringement to prevent the creators of the Moshi Monsters computer game from distributing a single performed by 'Lady Goo Goo', a character from the game. / read more

Differing approaches in recent cybersquatting cases in the US, particularly Microsoft Corp v Shah Civil Action, leave questions as to how far domain name registrars are liable for claims of contributory cybersquatting. / read more

Restaurant owners in the US filed a lawsuit against U.S. Bank, claiming that it wrongfully deducted monies to pay fees associated with alleged network security failures under the Payment Card Industry standards. / read more

The US Department of Justice closed down another large file-sharing website used to facilitate the infringement of copyright. A number of high profile court cases, mark the shift in approach from simply shutting down offending websites to inhibiting the flow of users through internet service providers. / read more

A French court ordered Google to pay damages of €500,000 for abuse of its dominant position, compensating for loss caused by Google's policy of providing companies access to its online mapping service, Google Maps, for free. / read more

The High Court of Justice held that the similarity of registered trade marks OAO Alfa Bank and Alpha Bank AE, in the recent appeal case, resulted in likelihood of confusion, despite concurrent trading and distinguishable services. / read more

The Court of Appeal dismissed the latest challenge by BT and TalkTalk, on 6 March, as to the legitimacy of the Digital Economy Act 2010 regarding online copyright infringement. / read more

The High Court of Justice found that what may be considered 'obvious to try' does not necessarily mean a patent lacks inventiveness, a number of factors need to be considered to ascertain whether an invention involves the essential inventive step, such as in this instance whether the resulting activity is obvious or not. / read more

The UK High Court ordered an Internet Service Provider to block access to a file sharing website featuring infringing content, as an alternative to injuncting the website. / read more

The High Court upheld the decision that the Defendant had acted with malice by deliberately sending out an email with defamatory allegations he believed not to be true to several hundred of the Claimant's professional contacts. / read more

The use of brand names and trade marks as keywords in online advertising has been hotly disputed. Below is an evaluation of the key cases dealt with by the European and national courts that have shaped the current case law. / 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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