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Leading Internet Case Law

Volume: 14 Issue: 1

Canada’s Office of the Privacy Commissioner issued a Report of Findings in January on an investigation into a complaint, alleging that health information collected from the complainant’s online browsing activity was used to deliver targeted ads without his consent, which resulted in Google making a number of commitments. / read more

The combined efforts of the English High Court and Court of Appeal, along with the CJEU, have at last laid to rest some important questions as to the subsistence of copyright in computer programs and the restrictions on freedom of contract. / read more

The court ruled that the FCC could not impose anti-discrimination and anti-blocking requirements on broadband internet providers, in view of its ‘Open Internet Order,’ in a decision that could significantly impact net neutrality. / read more

AG Villalón issued his Opinion in the CJEU case UPC Telekabel Wien, relating to the requirement that an internet provider block access to a website that infringes copyright. / read more

The Regional Court of Hamburg ruled that the chief executive of a software development company is liable for copyright infringements by software adaptations produced using open source development. / read more

A Massachusetts court held that Charlotte Muller, a former employee of a staffing agency, did not violate her noncompetition agreement by posting about a new job on her LinkedIn profile, but solicitation could occur through this channel. / read more

The Court ruled that Google’s Library Project, which scanned copies of library books without the permission of copyright owners for compilation into an online research database, is protected by the ‘fair use’ defence. / read more

The Federal Trade Commission’s enforcement action against 12 companies alleged to have violated their commitments to the US-EU Safe Harbor framework is the first such action since 2009 when six companies were sanctioned for failing to renew their public obligations to the framework. / read more

Litigation between a former police officer and the Times is one step closer to resolution following the High Court’s decision to award damages following the Times’ failure to update a story online after becoming aware that the allegations could no longer be supported. / read more

An update on the Delfi case, which saw a website operator found liable for anonymous defamatory comments made online and resulted in a request for referral to the Grand Chamber. The Delfi case was also considered in detail in the recent case J19 & J20 v. Facebook Ireland, which sheds light on the potential impact of Delfi going forward. / read more

In a complaint filed in August 2013, the FTC alleged that LabMD, a Georgia-based company providing clinical laboratory services, had two data security breaches that affected information belonging to 10,000 consumers. The FTC’s authority in this field being confirmed, companies now face an uncertain enforcement landscape. / read more

On 22 October 2013, Belgium Supreme Court, the Court of Cassation, confirmed that, as part of a criminal investigation for copyright infringement, ISPs may be ordered to block access to all domain names linking to an infringing website. / read more

This recent court verdict of the County Court in Berlin reflects the rising uneasiness of the German public with the vagueness and non-transparency of Google’s privacy policy on the use and exploitation of sensible personal data of German citizens. / read more

The High Court ruled it had no jurisdiction to hear a contractual claim brought by a company based in England against defendant consumers domiciled in Scotland. The claimant was held to have directed its commercial activities to Scotland via its website. / 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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