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March 19, 2020

I was registering for a COVID-19 webinar by LexisNexis.  But, I couldn't register unless I opted-in to receive direct marketing correspondence.  What?  Shouldn't an opt-in to receive direct marketing materials be optional and not required?  Why should I have to opt-in...

March 16, 2020

I found this tweak to the latest James Bond movie poster in Switzerland. I assume the movie theater owners added the mask because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 12, 2020

Earlier this year, the Major League Baseball team the Philadelphia Phillies revealed a new look version of their mascot the Phanatic (Twitter link). The revisions include: a set of flightless feathers, bushier eyebrows, solid blue tail a larger butt, a different shade...

March 8, 2020

The GDPR provides that data subjects can query data controllers to learn about the personal data processed by that data controller.  The CCPA has similar provisions that provide consumers with the right to query a business to learn about the personal information proces...

March 7, 2020

On Sunday, March 8th at 2AM, the U.S. will start daylight saving time.  This means people in the U.S. will set their clocks forward by one hour (2AM becomes 3AM), and the change will push sunsets later. 

The U.S. starts daylight saving time three weeks before Europ...

March 5, 2020

As I earlier blogged, the U.S. has been pushing Switzerland to revise its copyright law to make online copyright protection and enforcement easier.

On September 27, 2019, Switzerland finally revised its copyright law (see link in German).  The U.S. however won't be sati...

March 1, 2020

Two YouTube channel owners -- MxR and Potastic Panda -- make videos where they react to online content (reaction videos).  They recently received a copyright infringement notice from Jukin Media alleging that they had used unlawfully four copyrighted works and demandin...

February 24, 2020

For an online service provider to take refuge in the DMCA Safe Harbor for user uploaded content (17 U.S.C. § 512(c)), it must designate an agent with the US Copyright Office. 

In December 2016, the Copyright Office issued a rule to replace the old paper based system for...

February 20, 2020

A review of the process to obtain a medical dispensary license for cannabis in New Jersey provides an appreciation of multiple opportunities to improve the chances of success.  The following is a summary of positions that are not required by any statute or rule but wer...

February 16, 2020

There was a fascinating story about how automated bots are scraping Twitter for images with lots replies and then creating merchandise (Fortune link).  As these are automated bots, their actions can lead to some obvious copyright infringement issues. 

Image by Pete...

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