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Computer file extension functional, therefore not protectable as trademark
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • April 14 2010

A computer file extension is inherently functional, therefore a software company that utilizes a particular file extension to designate files that are accessed by its proprietary software may not protect the letters comprising the file extension as a trademark, a district court ruled


Arbitration clause in electronic employment agreement unenforceable where evidence of execution and assent to arbitration were lacking
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • April 14 2010

An arbitration clause in an electronic employment agreement cannot be enforced where the employer failed to show by a preponderance of the evidence that the employee electronically executed the agreement, a California appeals 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


FACTA credit card truncation requirements do not apply to e-mail order confirmations
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • April 14 2010

The requirement of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act that certain credit and debit card information be truncated on printed receipts does not apply to e-mail order confirmations, a district court ruled


New York Insurance Department opinion controls validity of electronic signature on clickwrap insurance application
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • April 14 2010

The New York State Insurance Department may impose a requirement that an insurance company verify the identity of a person providing an electronic signature on an online application for insurance, notwithstanding the less restrictive definition of an electronic signature in the New York Electronic Signatures and Records Act, a district court ruled


Floor plans in online database not protectable under copyright law
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • April 14 2010

Copying of floor plans that were collected from third parties and compiled into an online database is not actionable under copyright law, a district court ruled


Business owner held not individually liable for multimillion dollar judgment under Iowa anti-spam statute
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • April 14 2010

A joint owner of a corporate entity was not properly held individually liable for a multimillion dollar judgment under the Iowa anti-spam statute because there was no evidence that she initiated the sending of the spam e-mails in question, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled


U.S. Supreme Court grants petition for certiorari in Quon v. Arch Wireless case involving employee communications claim under Stored Communications Act
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • April 14 2010

The U.S. Supreme Court granted the petition for certiorari filed by the employer in a case involving the privacy of employee communications under the Stored Communications Act provisions of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act


Operator of BitTorrent P2P file-sharing network induced copyright infringement and is ineligible for DMCA safe harbors
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • April 14 2010

The operator of a file-sharing network that utilized the BitTorrent file-sharing technology is secondarily liable for inducing copyright infringement by users of the network, a district court ruled


Rule of lenity limits criminal prosecution under Computer Fraud and Abuse Act for acts of employee disloyalty
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • April 14 2010

The rule of lenity limits prosecution of an allegedly disloyal former employee on the theory that his access to his employer's computer network was "without authorization" or "exceeded authorized access" within the meaning of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a district court ruled