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SEC Finalizes Rules to Facilitate Access to Exhibits
  • Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
  • USA
  • March 16 2017

On March 1, 2017, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC) finalized rule and form amendments requiring issuers to include hyperlinks to

Abandoned and unclaimed property: what you need to know
  • Nixon Peabody LLP
  • USA
  • February 16 2017

Many people are completely unaware that they have property due to them or a deceased loved one being held by the state. Occasionally, advertisements

Supreme Court gives internet "posters" new protection against libel suits
  • Blaney McMurtry LLP
  • Canada
  • November 9 2011

Suing for defamation on the Internet just got more difficult in Canada.

Google “victorious” in sponsored links dispute with ACCC; appeal on foot
  • Davies Collison Cave
  • Australia
  • October 28 2011

In a highly anticipated decision handed down on 22 September 2011, Justice Nicholas of the Federal Court ruled that Google, Inc had not engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct by failing to adequately distinguish between “organic” search results and paid advertisements (commonly known as Sponsored Links) nor by failing to identify that Sponsored Links were in fact paid advertisements.

Exploring the "investment" function; and is any advantage necessarily unfair?
  • Hogan Lovells
  • European Union
  • October 25 2011

The Court of Justice of the European Union held that the use of a sign identical to a third party's trademark as a keyword for identical goods and services within an internet referencing service infringed the trademark if it had an adverse effect on one of its functions.

Merely browsing a website could amount to signing a contract
  • Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Canada
  • October 14 2011

The British Columbia Supreme Court recently rendered an important decision regarding the conditions upon which a web user may be bound by a website’s terms and conditions of use.

Liability of search engines for links to pirated content
  • Baker McKenzie
  • Italy
  • October 12 2011

On 16 June 2011, the Court of Rome reviewed its decision of 20 March 2011 where it ordered Yahoo! to remove from its search engine links to websites hosting pirated versions of the Iranian movie "About Elly", which is exclusively distributed in Italy by PFA Films S.r.l (PFA).

Update on use of competitor’s brand as Google AdWords
  • Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP
  • United Kingdom, European Union
  • September 30 2011

Most readers will be familiar with AdWords Google’s advertising service which allows businesses to select keywords which, if searched against by Internet users, will bring up the business’s advertising link as a sponsored search result.

Long awaited ACCC-Google decision handed down
  • Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Australia
  • September 29 2011

On Thursday, 22 September 2011, Justice Nicholas, in the Federal Court of Australia, found that Google was not liable for misleading or deceptive conduct in relation to Google’s publication of certain sponsored links on its website.

Taking the St Michael? The CJEU decision in Interflora v M&S
  • CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
  • United Kingdom
  • September 27 2011

In a decision of 22 September 2011, the Court of Justice of the European Union has confirmed its decision from Google France that an advertiser who selects a competitor’s trade mark as an Adword can be liable for "double identity" trade mark infringement if consumers are unable to determine whether the advertiser is economically linked to the trade mark owner.