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Implied license, fair use, held meritorious defenses in online newspaper article copyright infringement action
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • January 11 2011

The implied license and fair use defenses raised by the operator of an online forum are meritorious defenses that warrant reopening a default judgment for copyright infringement, a district court ruled


Federal lawsuit alleges infringement of minors' New York right of publicity by Facebook "like" and "friend finder" features
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • May 19 2011

In what may represent a new wave in an interesting challenge to the viral nature of social media marketing, a recently filed putative class action asserts a right of publicity claim against Facebook in connection with the service's "Like" and "Friend Finder" features


Stored Communications Act bars civil discovery subpoena to e-mail service provider, absent consent of account holder
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • January 11 2011

The federal Stored Communications Act bars the enforcement of a subpoena directed to an e-mail service provider to obtain the contents of an account-holder's e-mails, absent the consent of the account holder, a district court ruled


Access to licensed software by attorneys acting for benefit of licensee breached license agreement
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • January 11 2011

Use of licensed software by attorneys acting for the benefit of a licensee of the software breached the terms of the license agreement, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled


Programmer's computer access to steal employer's stock trading code not "unauthorized" under CFAA
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • January 11 2011

A programmer charged with stealing computer source code for a high-speed stock trading platform from his employer in order to benefit one of its competitors did not access the firm's computer network without authorization, or in excess of his authorization, within the meaning of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a district court ruled


E-mails sent to transferred domain name and read by new domain owner not intercepted under ECPA
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • January 11 2011

E-mails that were sent to e-mail accounts connected to a domain name that was transferred pursuant to a settlement agreement, and that were read by the new domain name owner, were not "intercepted" within the meaning of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, a district court ruled


No CFAA violation where software licensor with administrative password gave server access to licensor's competitor
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • September 30 2010

Neither a software licensee, nor a competitor of the software licensor, violated the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act when the competitor accessed a server containing the licensor's proprietary files via a password supplied by the licensee who had been issued an administrative password by the licensor, a district court ruled


Ninth Circuit rules on license versus sale of software
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • September 24 2010

The Register of Copyrights may have concluded that precedents defining the difference between a license and a sale of software are conflicting, but a panel of the Ninth Circuit had no difficulty in resolving the issue in its recent opinion Vernor v. Autodesk, Inc., 2010 U.S. App. LEXIS (9th Cir. Sept. 10, 2010


Ninth Circuit says DMCA anticircumvention provision gives new, access-prevention right to copyright owners - MDY v. Blizzard, part II
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • January 4 2011

As we related in Part I of this post, Blizzard Entertainment, distributor of the World of Warcraft game software and the operator of the servers that enable online game play, sought to block the use of automated game playing software by deploying anti-bot software, WoW Warden


Bankruptcy court approves destruction of personal information gathered on gay teen site
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • September 30 2010

The judge presiding over the bankruptcy proceeding of the operator of a Web site and magazine aimed at gay teens has approved a settlement allowing the destruction of personal information of users rather than a sale to creditors as part of the bankruptcy estate