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Massachusetts statute prohibiting distribution of electronic material deemed harmful to minors likely violates First Amendment

  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • January 11 2011

A Massachusetts statute prohibiting the distribution by electronic means of material deemed "harmful to minors" likely violates the First Amendment and therefore its enforcement should be preliminarily enjoined, a district court ruled

Limited damages available under DMCA 512(f) for wrongful takedown notice

  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 14 2010

Although DMCA 512(f) allows an award of "any damages" for wrongful removal of alleged infringing material as a result of misrepresentations to a service provider, such damages "must be proximately caused by the misrepresentation to the service provider and the service provider's reliance on the misrepresentation," a district court ruled

Advertiser settles deceptive advertising charges stemming from undisclosed payments for online reviews

  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • May 5 2011

An advertiser that paid affiliates to post favorable reviews of its product in online articles, blog posts and other online editorial material without disclosing the arrangement agreed to pay a $250,000 fine to settle deceptive advertising charges brought by the Federal Trade Commission

Public relations firm settles FTC action over paid online game reviews

  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • September 30 2010

A public relations firm settled a Federal Trade Commission enforcement action in which the agency alleged that the firm engaged in deceptive advertising when its employees posed as ordinary consumers posting game reviews at the online iTunes store, and it did not disclose that the reviews came from paid employees working on behalf of the developers

Web site addition of hyperlinks to a previously posted online article does not restart defamation statute of limitations

  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 14 2010

The addition of hyperlinks to an allegedly defamatory online article does not restart the statute of limitations for defamation, a district court ruled

Company that distributed P2P software secondarily liable for massive infringement by users

  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • July 29 2010

A company that created and distributed a peer-to-peer file-sharing program that was used to distribute unauthorized copies of copyrighted music files on a "massive scale" is secondarily liable for acts of direct infringement on the part of the users of the program, a district court ruled

Under Pennsylvania law, no tort action lies for internet posting of external photographs of residence

  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 14 2010

Taking external photographs of a private residence and making the photographs available on a publicly accessible Web site does not give rise to a tort action under Pennsylvania law, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled

Music downloader's due process rights violated by copyright statutory damages award of $22,500 per song

  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • September 30 2010

A jury award of $22,500 per song, resulting in a total award of $675,000 in statutory damages against an individual who downloaded copyrighted music files on a peer-to-peer network, violated the individual's due process rights, where he reaped no pecuniary reward from the infringement and the infringement caused the plaintiffs "minimal harm," a district court ruled

CDA Section 230 protects web site operator from liability for user's defamatory post, despite general statement on web site concerning accuracy of information

  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • July 29 2010

A general statement on a Web site to the effect that posted information was truthful and accurate did not deprive the Web site operators of protection from liability for defamatory statements posted by third parties under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a Texas appeals court ruled

Failure to allege that defendants were authors of defamatory posts merits dismissal under CDA Section 230

  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 14 2010

An action for defamation based upon comments on a Web site allegedly operated by the defendants was properly dismissed pursuant to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, where the plaintiff failed to allege that the defendants were the authors of any of the defamatory statements