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Leading Internet Case Law

Volume: 15 Issue: 6

The South Australian Supreme Court found Google liable for defaming Dr Janice Duffy by publishing search results and hyperlinks to webpages which suggested Dr Duffy had stalked and harassed a number of online psychics. / read more

The Second Circuit affirms that Google’s creation of digital copies of books constitutes fair use under the Copyright Act, because only information about the books and small ‘snippets’ of the text are provided, which therefore serves a transformative purpose. / read more

On 9 November 2015, the Court of First Instance in Brussels rendered its decision in a summary proceedings case initiated by the Privacy Commission (the Belgian national data protection authority) against Facebook’s US, Irish and Belgian entities concerning Facebook’s use of cookies to track non-registered users. / read more

Following the Supreme Court of New Zealand’s ruling in Dixon v. R. a digital file may now be considered to be ‘property’ in New Zealand, at least for the purposes of criminal law. / read more

The District Court found that Shenzhen Juwangshi Technology Corporation, a video streaming service aggregator, breached anti-unfair competition rules by blocking ads while displaying videos streamed from the iQiyi platform. / read more

The Federal Circuit held that the International Trade Commission does not have authority under 19 U.S.C. § 1337 to issue a remedy directed to electronic transmissions of digital data into the United States. / read more

The Bavarian Data Protection Authority recently fined two companies, both the seller and acquirer, in an asset deal for transferring customer email addresses collected during the operation of an online shop, which was in violation of the German Federal Data Protection Act. / read more

LinkedIn recently agreed to settle a class action suit, in which it was accused of breaking the law by harvesting email addresses of the external contacts of members. / read more

The US Court of Appeals called into question whether there can be ‘initial interest confusion’ in the context of internet search results if there is ‘clear labeling’ of results. / 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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