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New York City’s Conflicts of Interest Board has issued guidelines prohibiting elected officials from using official social media accounts for political purposes or having their staff draft content for their personal social media accounts. Congress has begun paving the way for the deployment of autonomous vehicles. View Full Post
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ZTE’s TGL Extended Until March 29

globeIn March 2016, ZTE Corporation and ZTE Kangxun (collectively ZTE) were placed on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Entity List after corporate documents revealed alleged failure to comply with U.S. sanctions against Iran. While placement on the Entity List would ordinarily result in a ban on conducting business with the U.S., President Obama issued a Temporary General License (TGL) on March 24, 2016, which authorizes the export, reexport and transfer (in country) of items to ZTE. View Full Post
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Is This the Beginning of the End of Flo & Eddie’s Quest to Establish a Public Performance Right Under State Copyright Law?

Former recording artists Flo & Eddie’s three-and-a-half-year battle against Sirius XM Radio, Inc., for recognition of a public performance right under New York law for pre-1972 sound recordings has come to an end. On Feb. 16, 2017, the Second Circuit Court of Appeal issued an order directing the district court to grant Sirius XM Radio’s motion for summary judgment on the ground that no such state law right of public performance exists, and to dismiss the case with prejudice. View Full Post
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FCC Finalizes Criteria for CAF Phase II Auction

FCC Finalizes Criteria for CAF Phase II Auction Today the FCC approved an order that moves the nearly two billion dollar Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II Auction competitive bidding process forward.   As we have previously reported, the Phase II auction will provide support (subsidies) to broadband providers willing to deploy broadband and voice services to unserved Americans.  View Full Post
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Phishing Scam Targets Human Resources and Payroll Departments

Phishing Scam Targets Human Resources and Payroll Departments Human Resources and Payroll should advise employees in their departments to be on the lookout for the latest tax season phishing scam designed to steal employees’ tax related information and social security numbers. Given the regular frequency of these types of attacks, employers should be taking appropriate steps to safeguard employee Personally Identifiable Information (“PII”).  View Full Post
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Changes to Pennsylvania Business Entity Laws

By | Emerging Companies Insider | February 23, 2017
Changes to Pennsylvania Business Entity Laws Pennsylvania legislation known as Act 170 (the “Act”), which went into effect earlier this week, represents a comprehensive revision to the existing laws of partnerships and limited liability companies.  The Act amends Pennsylvania law on corporations and unincorporated associations and adopts the Uniform Partnership Act, Uniform Limited Partnership Act and Uniform Limited Liability Company Act and is effective in two stages: On February 21, 2017 for all entities that file on or after February 21, 2017; and On April 1, 2017 for all existing entities unless such entities elect to be governed by the Act. View Full Post
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D.C. Mayor Signs Ban On Most Employment Credit Inquiries

D.C. Mayor Signs Ban On Most Employment Credit Inquiries Our colleagues Brian W. Steinbach and Judah L. Rosenblatt, at Epstein Becker Green, have a post on the Heath Employment and Labor blog that will be of interest to many of our readers in the technology industry: “Mayor Signs District of Columbia Ban on Most Employment Credit Inquiries.” Following is an excerpt: On February 15, 2017, Mayor Muriel Bowser signed the “Fair Credit in Employment Amendment Act of 2016” (“Act”) (D.C. View Full Post
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FCC Finalizes Criteria for CAF Phase II Auction

Today the FCC approved an order that moves the nearly two billion dollar Connect America Fund (CAF) Phase II Auction competitive bidding process forward.   As we have previously reported, the Phase II auction will provide support (subsidies) to broadband providers willing to deploy broadband and voice services to unserved Americans.  View Full Post
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