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Leading Internet Case Law

Volume: 13 Issue: 5

The CJEU has ruled that where a rightsholder has suffered damage in a Member State outside his own and the alleged infringement occurred in a third State, that State has jurisdiction to bring a claim if a ‘harmful event’ occurs inside that State. / read more

The FTC’s first action in connection with the ‘Internet of Things,’ has seen TRENDnet, a wireless webcam manufacturer, enter into a settlement with the FTC over security and privacy concerns relating to its devices. / read more

The ECtHR upheld a decision of the Estonian court finding that a website operator was liable for users’ defamatory contents, even where, following notice, it immediately removed the content, and this was a justified interference of the operator’s Article 10 rights. / read more

A US district court denied a dismissal of claims that 3Taps had violated the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act by continuing to access Craiglist data, clarifying what might constitute ‘unauthorised access’ under the CFAA. / read more

In a referral to the ECJ to clarify whether Italy’s gambling laws breach Articles 43 and 49 of the Treaty establishing the European Union, the Court affirmed that national legislation preventing all cross-border activity is contrary to the Treaty. / read more

In considering whether Everton Football Club’s Everton TV section of its website constitutes an on-demand programme service, Ofcom clarified a key component of the ‘On-Demand Programme Service’ definition, which underpins the UK’s regulation of video on demand (‘VOD’) services. / read more

Recent judgments in the US elaborate on the effects of social media and how courts are coming to terms with emerging social media issues. / read more

The OFT’s investigation into suspected infringements of competition law with regard to online hotel room booking has led to proposed commitments from industry players, which the OFT has provisionally accepted. / read more

The court’s ruling that Google is not liable for a violation of the plaintiff’s personal rights in relation to an article that appears when the plaintiff’s name is typed into Google’s search function reinforces search engine provider duties in such cases. / read more

HTC America settled with the FTC over charges that it carried out unfair and deceptive practices resulting from failings in its software security practices; this represents the broadest assertion of the FTC’s powers to regulate data security. / read more

In a case which carries a warning for Australian government employees, the federal circuit court confirmed that a public servant may be dismissed for criticising government policies on Twitter, even though her profile was anonymous. / 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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