People apparently still don’t realize how pervasive social media use is, and why there are certain things that are better left unsaid (if not offline). In this case, chalk one up for the good guys.
Companies Like Facebook, Twitter and Google May Soon Face Restrictions On Their Unilateral Right to Change Terms of Service
Contractual provisions giving a website operator the unilateral right to change its end user terms of service are ubiquitous and appear in the online terms of many major social media sites and other websites, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google.
Design patents have gained popularity in recent years among inventors looking to protect their market share. But they shouldn’t forget trade dress–the distinctive physical appearance or packaging of a product–as a way to ward off copycats as well, says Morrison & Foerster partner Jennifer Lee Taylor.
The WinTech blog previously covered a patent infringement lawsuit filed against the “Adam Carolla Show” from ACE Broadcasting Network, LLC.
On November 25, 2013, Chief Judge William Haynes filed the latest order in Genesco v. Visa, Civ. No. 3:13-cv-00202 (M.D. Tenn.).
Germany Closes Price Parity Investigation but Antitrust Scrutiny On Online Platforms Continues in Europe
On 26 November 2013, the German Federal Cartel Office (FCO) announced that it ended the probe into Amazon’s price parity policy (the “Policy”). The Policy required that the price of an item offered by a retailer on Amazon’s online marketplace platform, Amazon Marketplace, should not be higher than the retailer’s lowest offer for that item elsewhere, including other online shops or the retailer’s own website.
On Sunday 24 November, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the member-states of the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) struck an historic deal providing Iran with approximately $7 billion in relief from international sanctions in exchange for Iranian curbs on uranium enrichment and other nuclear activity.
On November 15, Judge Chin of the Southern District of New York issued a long-awaited decision in the Google Books case, Authors Guild, Inc. v. Google Inc. Google Books—the project through which Google provides access to over twenty million books to the public—obtained some of its books from libraries without permission from the copyright owners.