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FCC Cracks Down on Data Collection and Sharing Practices

Posted in Advertising, FCC, Internet, Privacy, Regulations
The Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed a set of Internet consumer privacy regulations that would be applicable to providers of wireless and broadband internet services (such as Comcast, Verizon, etc.) (collectively, “ISPs”), akin to current regulations imposed on telephony services. If approved, the proposed regulations would represent some of the most… Continue Reading

U.S. Television on the Internet and the New “MVPDs” (UPDATED)

Posted in Cloud, FCC, Intellectual Property, Internet, Television, Video
Introduction. Over the last 20 years, Internet-based programming services and the corresponding distribution platforms have continued to evolve at a staggering pace, with technological advances allowing for faster and more cost-efficient transmissions. The last five years, in particular, have demonstrated to many that the Internet may well be the “projected” Promised Land for the television… Continue Reading

#ThinkBeforeYouPin: FTC Considers “Pinning” by Contest Entrants an Endorsement Requiring Disclosure

Posted in Advertising, Contest/Sweepstakes, Fashion, Internet, Regulations, Social Media, Technology
Over the past decade, social media has emerged as one of the world’s most dominant marketing tools for obvious reasons:  it is cost-effective, easily accessible, highly scalable and can dramatically increase brand awareness across multiple outlets and platforms.  Arguably, the most advantageous aspect of social media marketing is the ability for companies — both large… Continue Reading

The Battle for Cloud City: Aereo Continues to Push Copyright Disruption to the U.S. Supreme Court

Posted in Cloud, Copyright, Internet, Technology
As the convergence of cloud-based products and services with the delivery and consumption of entertainment content continues to gain steam in the U.S., multiple courts across the U.S. are being asked to weigh in on the copyright implications of a new type of online TV service offered by two entities—namely, Aereo and FilmOn X (aka… Continue Reading

Policing Online Infringement with “Six Strikes and You’re Out!”

Posted in Internet
In the next two months, Internet service providers and entertainment content creators will launch a new system to police online copyright infringement, creating new rules affecting up to three-quarters of all US Internet users. A 2011 agreement between creators and ISPs set the groundwork for the upcoming “Copyright Alert System” and the release of new documents… Continue Reading

DigitalHHR Team at DCM East Conference

Posted in Events, Gaming, Internet, Mobile, Music, News, Technology, Television
The DigitalHHR team will be appearing on several panels at next week’s DCM East conference in New York, a three-day gathering of more than 300 senior executives in the film, TV, sports, publishing, music, news and gaming industries focusing on strategies to build sustainable business and technology models to enable multi-platform delivery and monetization of digital… Continue Reading

European Commissioner for Digital Agenda is in favor of a survey launched by France’s Online Anti-Piracy Agency Hadopi

Posted in Copyright, Internet
The French online anti-piracy law took effect in 2009 and provides for a graduated response as a means to combat online piracy. The law created an administrative agency, Hadopi, that may. at the request of sworn agents designated by professional syndicates, rights collecting societies and the French Cinematographic Center, send warnings to alleged freeloaders which,… Continue Reading

Digital HHR Presents: “Crossing the Digital Border: Exploiting Digital Content and Devices Overseas” – May 1, 2012

Posted in Events, Internet, Technology
  On May 1, the DigitalHHR team will present “Crossing the Digital Border: Exploiting Digital Content and Devices Overseas”, the next in its on-going series of live, CLE-accredited webinars. In a world dominated by consumer devices, from tablets to smartphones, the explosive consumption of digital content seems endless, failing to heed the boundaries that separate… Continue Reading

Navigating ICANN’s New gTLD Program: The Next Big Branding Idea or a Brand’s Worst Nightmare?

Posted in Copyright, Internet
After years of discussion and ongoing debate, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) will begin accepting applications for new generic Top-Level Domains (“gTLDs”) beginning on January 12, 2012.  Up until now, only 22 unrestricted gTLDs have existed across the Internet, among the most popular and well known being .com, .org, and .net. … Continue Reading

Digital HHR Presents: “App-endectomy: Removing the Mystery from the App Ecosystem” – April 7, 2011

Posted in Advertising, Events, Intellectual Property, Internet, Privacy, Regulations, Technology
On April 7, the Digital HHR team will be presenting "App-endectomy: Removing the Mystery from the App Ecosystem", the next in its on-going series of live, CLE-accredited webinars. The explosive popularity of tablets, smartphones and other Internet-connected consumer devices has ushered in a new technology ecosystem driven by Apps. These self-contained software programs have not… Continue Reading

Matt to Speak on Panel at NYC Bar Center

Posted in Events, Firm News, Internet, Technology
Matt Syrkin will be speaking at the New York City Bar Center for Continuing Legal Education on the topic of Internet rights and technology, along with attorneys from Hunton & Williams LLP, Holland & Knight LLP, and Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C. One of the most popular New York City Bar events, the conference, titled… Continue Reading

Is the FCC’s “Third Way” the Right Way on Net Neutrality? Or a Dead End?

Posted in Internet, Regulations, Technology
Since our last post on net neutrality, the debate has focused on the administrative questions as to who will set the guidelines for internet regulations and how those regulations will be implemented.  Since the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled that the FCC did not have the authority to regulate Comcast’s network management practices under Title… Continue Reading

Playing by the FCC’s Rules? Google Voice Comes Under Fire

Posted in Internet, Regulations, Social Media, Technology
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently opened an inquiry into Google Voice, the popular messaging and call service offered by Google, and Google’s practice of blocking certain calls.   The inquiry was prompted by complaints from AT&T to the FCC accusing Google of unfairly blocking calls to certain numbers in rural areas where local phone companies charge… Continue Reading

The Best Laid M&A Plans? How A Dispute Over Ownership of Critical IP May Threaten eBay’s Sale of Skype

Posted in Copyright, Internet, Technology
News reports in recent weeks have revealed how disputes over the ownership of certain critical IP may derail eBay’s $1.9 billion deal to sell a stake in the well-known internet communications company Skype.  In the latest development companies owned by the founders of Skype filed additional lawsuits last week against eBay and its future investors.… Continue Reading

News Round-Up — Week Ending July 10

Posted in Advertising, Copyright, Internet, Music, Video
Click hereto subscribe to digitalhhr. Late last week, Judge Louis Stanton of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled that plaintiffs in the high-profile copyright class action case against YouTube could not seek statutory damages for videos that are not registered under US copyright law. Judge Stanton also dismissed plaintiffs'… Continue Reading

Clark Siegel Joins HHR as a Partner in our Los Angeles Office

Posted in Firm News, Intellectual Property, Internet, Technology, Television, Video
Hughes Hubbard & Reed announced today that Clark Siegel, formerly co-chair of the Intellectual Property Group and a member of the Entertainment Department at Irell & Manella, has joined Hughes Hubbard’s Los Angeles office as a partner. Mr. Siegel’s practice involves traditional entertainment and media, including film, television and video game development, production, distribution and… Continue Reading

News Round-up – Week Ending March 13, 2009

Posted in Advertising, Internet, News, Social Media
 Click here to subscribe to digitalhhr. According to a new research study by Nielson Online, social sites like Facebook have surpassed e-mail as the number one online activity, with two-thirds of the world’s population visiting social networking or blogging sites.  What’s more, the “stickiness” of these sites is expanding, with one of every 11 minutes… Continue Reading

Online Behavioral Tracking – Some Say Simple Honesty Works Best

Posted in Advertising, Internet, Privacy, Regulations, Technology
There are lots of ways to track our Internet use these days – and its scary to think that each and every piece of information related to such use, including the sites we visit and the products we purchase, are “fair game” for advertisers.  In particular, behavioral targeting, which essentially tracks our use of the… Continue Reading

News Round-Up – Week Ending February 6, 2009

Posted in Internet, News, Privacy, Video
Click here to receive regular updates and articles.       While we haven’t quite figured out if there is a direct link, as the economic news got worse at the end of 2008, online video activity increased.  According to comScore, online viewing reached a record high with U.S. Internet users watching 14.3 billion videos… Continue Reading

News Round-Up – Week Ending January 30, 2009

Posted in Copyright, Internet, News, Privacy, Video
Click here to receive regular updates and articles. The New York Times, owners of, and GateHouse Media agreed on the eve of trial to settle their copyright lawsuit.  As part of the settlement, the complete details of which aren’t available, the headlines and first sentences from GateHouse articles will be removed from listings on… Continue Reading

Protecting Kids Online – Technology vs. Good Ol’ Fashioned Parenting

Posted in Internet, Social Media, Technology, Television
The proliferation of Internet use by children has undoubtedly challenged online service providers and technology providers alike. Protecting children from the various risks posed by Internet use has been, and continues to be, a major concern, as safety issues including sexual solicitation, online harassment, bullying and exposure to illegal content become more and more prevalent.… Continue Reading

Friskit On-Demand Media Patents Invalidated

Posted in Copyright, Internet, Technology
Earlier this week, in a decision that could have implications for the many media and technology companies providing streaming and on-line subscription services, the Federal Circuit upheld a district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of RealNetworks in a patent infringement suit brought by Friskit, Inc.  The decision relied on the U.S. Supreme Court’s… Continue Reading

News Round-up – 01.13.09

Posted in Advertising, Internet, Mobile, Regulations
What’s new in digital media?   Subscribe to to receive updates of the latest news:   E-commerce sites, especially Amazon, the biggest of them all, got some bad news as the New York Supreme Court upheld the validity of a law requiring e-tailers to collect state sales tax. Amazon and sued based on a 1992 Supreme Court… Continue Reading

“One-Stop-Shopping” for Social Networking

Posted in Internet, Privacy, Social Media, Technology
With the proliferation of social networking website use, the concept of “data portability” is influencing the development of solutions to allow users to access multiple online profiles and social utility networks all in one place . . . it’s all about the easy access these days.  In addition, technology that enables a users particular online… Continue Reading