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Leading Internet Case Law

Volume: 13 Issue: 6

In three unrelated class actions, Google Inc. is defending wiretap claims related to web tracking, email scanning, and Wi-Fi sniffing. These lawsuits will define digital privacy rights for at least a generation and will test Silicon Valley and its guiding spirit. / read more

The German Federal Court of Justice ruled on the issues surrounding emails sent via the tell-a-friend function and whether this form of communication is deemed inadmissible spam sent by the company behind the feature. / read more

The Constitutional Court refused a constitutional complaint of a minor found guilty of copyright infringement for linking to content protected by copyright. / read more

In a groundbreaking case that could level the playing field for brand owners online, a federal court in California granted summary judgment to six luxury brands, finding the second largest B2B website liable for facilitating counterfeiting by its members. / read more

The court granted a preliminary injunction ordering the redirection of traffic from websites run by the defendants containing allegedly copyright infringing material. / read more

The CJEU considered whether Article 15 of the Brussels Regulation, which allows consumers to bring proceedings in their country of domicile, requires a causal link between the means used to direct commercial activity to a country. / read more

The South African Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) which featured a spam Hall of Shame on its website, a list of companies engaging in mass email spamming, recently received a seal of approval from the South Gauteng High Court. / read more

The Berlin Kammergericht, the highest civil court of Berlin, held in another landmark ruling that a brand manufacturer is not allowed to require its distribution partners to refrain from selling its products via internet platforms such as eBay. / read more

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled that the ‘click through’ nexus law is a ‘discriminatory tax’ under the federal Internet Tax Freedom Act and the state is thus preempted from imposing it, a ruling that conflicts with other court decisions on such laws. / read more

The Court declared void the general terms and conditions of Deutsche Telekom to the extent that the incumbent reserved the right to limit the speed of data transmission for heavy users. The provider must abolish the relevant limitations and modify its terms. / read more

A Court ordered Google to ban pictures infringing on Mosley’s right to privacy, in a case that illustrates the challenge faced by courts in striking a balance between the right to privacy and the enforcement of realistic measures against internet service providers. / read more

The High Court granted Bewry an extension to bring defamation proceedings against Reed Elsevier and Reed Business Information Ltd, outside the strict limitation period of one year by exercising its powers of discretion under s.32A of the Limitation Act 1980. / 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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