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Leading Internet Case Law

Volume: 12 Issue: 2

The English Court of Appeal has upheld the trial judge's ruling that Nokia infringed a divisional patent held by IPCom. IPCom may claim this as a victory, but Nokia stopped selling the phones in question years ago and IPCom's patent has now been revoked. / read more

The UK High Court granted permission for a claimant to serve a claim on an individual defendant via the social networking site Facebook. / read more

The UK High Court ruled that Google cannot be regarded as the publisher of defamatory material posted on its platform, even after notification of the defamatory material. / read more

The Regional Court of Hamburg held that YouTube is not directly liable for copyright infringements of its users, but responsible for bringing copyright infringements committed by its users to an end and to prevent such infringements once reported. / read more

The Supreme Court ruled that the theft of virtual goods should be regarded as a criminal offence. As noted by the Court, 'due to the digitalisation of society, a virtual reality has been created, all aspects of which cannot be dismissed as mere illusion'. / read more

The United States Fourth Circuit finds that Google AdWords and the amendment made in 2004 to the Google Adwords policy, which enabled the purchase of third party trademarks, may give rise to trademark infringement claims. / 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

Recent investigations into e-book price fixing illustrate the growing acceptance of government investigations by companies looking to thwart follow on class actions. / read more

Both the SABAM and Newbinz cases offer seemingly similar and yet contrasting approaches by the courts to the problem of illegal file sharing and where the responsibilty lays. / read more

A reverse payment agreement between a generic drugs manufacturer having filed a paragraph IV certification to produce a generic form of a patented drug, with the pioneer manufacturer, does not violate U.S. antitrust laws. / 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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