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Leading Internet Case Law

Volume: 16 Issue: 3


The German Federal Court of Justice has maintained its previous ruling that an electronic mailbox amounted to part of a natural persons’ privacy sphere, subject to personal rights, and that unrequested advertisements in automatically generated emails are an infringement to the general right of privacy. / read more

The Supreme Court case involving Spokeo and Thomas Robins, a consumer whose information was included in the search engine’s reports, highlights the limitations to a consumer’s ability to enforce their rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (‘FCRA’). / read more

A string of recent interventions by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (‘CMA’) - discussed and analysed in this article - has highlighted the competition law risks faced by suppliers who seek to restrict their customers’ ability to advertise and sell their products online via resale price maintenance means. / read more

On 8 April 2016, the Berlin Court of Appeal issued a judgment against WhatsApp Inc., prohibiting the use of English Terms & Conditions on its website for contracts with consumers in Germany, unless German Terms & Conditions are provided as well. / read more

A recent UK High Court decision saw a private investigation firm forced to comply with a subject access request (‘SAR’) made under the Data Protection Act 1998 (‘DPA’). / read more

A recent judgment by the Court of Rome has raised considerable interest among e-commerce operators, as the ruling seems to question certain key aspects of the commonly accepted internet service provider (‘ISP’) liability regime. / read more

A jury unanimously found in the long running battle between Google and Oracle over Google’s use of Java in Google’s Android platform that such use was fair use. / read more

A federal judge has ruled in favour of the Federal Trade Commission, finding that Amazon was liable for children’s unauthorised in-app purchases. / read more

The Federal Supreme Court has recently decided on a number of cases involving the upload of copyright works on file sharing websites and specifically the secondary liability of the provider of the Wi-Fi used to share such copyright works. / read more

At the very outset of this case concerning copyright protection in games, the US District Court struck out DaVinci’s claims against ZiKo that copying the method of play and rules of best-selling card game Bang! infringed its copyright. / read more

A number of recent Brazilian court decisions have ordered internet service providers to block access to WhatsApp in Brazil, following the refusal by WhatsApp to disclose certain user data requested by means of a judicial order in criminal proceedings. The rulings and the issues raised are discussed here. / read more

The Court’s dismissal of the action against most of the defendants on a number of grounds illustrates the challenges of ascertaining proper jurisdiction in the digital age. / read more


About Leading Internet Case Law:

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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