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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

No CDA 230 protection for online booksellers for internet sale of book

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

While online booksellers are immune under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act for defamation claims arising out of promotional material supplied by third parties and posted on the booksellers' sites, Section 230 does not extend to defamation claims arising out of the books themselves, a district court ruled

CDA Section 230 protects online business review site from liability for refusing to remove negative reviews

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

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act protects the provider of an online business review site from liability for refusing to remove negative reviews, a district court ruled

Notice of past infringements on online photo site does not obligate operator to proactively screen site

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

An online photo-sharing site does not have a duty to search its site for material that infringes an artist's works, even if it has received past notices of infringement of the same works from the artist, a district court ruled

Google Books settlement would usurp congressional role in revising copyright law

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

Judge Chin found that the settlement was not "fair, adequate and reasonable," as required by the federal rules, and suggested that it might be able to be approved if it was changed to an opt-in, rather than an opt-out, settlement

CDA 230 protects blog owner from liability for third-party comment

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

The court ruled the owner of a blog is not liable for an alleged defamatory comment even if the owner viewed and approved the comment prior to publication on the blog

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

Excerpting and linking to online news article protected by fair use doctrine

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

A blogger's posting of an eight-line excerpt from a 30-line online newspaper article, coupled with a link to the full article on the newspaper Web site, is protected by the copyright fair use doctrine, a district court ruled

Download of copyrighted digital music file not a public performance under Copyright Act

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

Downloading a copyrighted digital music file does not constitute a public performance under the Copyright Act, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled

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