December 13, 2016 -

New Registration and Periodic Updates Required for Copyright Agents

by Christopher Dodson and Jay Gantz The U.S Copyright Office has finally arrived at this millennium, offering an easy-to-use online registration system for DMCA Safe Harbor agents.  But upholding the old adage “there’s no such thing as a free lunch,” … Continue reading


October 17, 2016 -

Court Provides Guidance on the Spectrum of Potentially Identifying Information

By Christopher Dodson and Andrew Baer A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit is a split decision for adtech companies and content providers. The decision upheld a district court’s dismissal of Video Privacy Protection … Continue reading


April 21, 2016 -

“Publishing” Content Online: It Does Not Mean What You Think It Means

By Christopher Dodson and Andrew Baer U.S. copyright law protects original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression.  The Copyright Act identifies several categories of works protected by copyright, including literary works, pictorial and graphic works, audiovisual … Continue reading


March 31, 2016 -

Ninth Circuit Revises Dancing Baby Decision

by Christopher Dodson and Andrew Baer The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a decision in Lenz v. Universal, the so-called “dancing baby” case, last September.  At the time, our firm wrote about its background and significance. … Continue reading


November 20, 2015 -

Third Circuit: Tracking URLs Visited by a User Can be a Wiretap Violation

By Christopher Dodson, Esq. and Andrew Baer, Esq. In a recent ruling (available here) in the In Re: Google Inc. Cookie Placement Consumer Privacy Litigation case, the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s dismissal of all … Continue reading


October 28, 2014 -

New California Law Expands Data Security, Breach Requirements

California recently expanded its existing data breach law.  The new law, which goes into effect on January 1, 2015, amends California Civil Code Sections 1798.81.5, 1798.82, and 1798.85, and requires reasonable security procedures for businesses maintaining personal information, changes how … Continue reading