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California Continues Campaign against Online Tracking

Posted in Advertising, Privacy, Regulations, Technology
As we’ve previously discussed, the State of California’s new amendment to the California Online Privacy Protection Act (“CalOPPA”) took effect on January 1, 2014.  One key component of this new iteration of the statute is the requirement of website operators to disclose how they respond to web browser “do not track” (“DNT”) signals or other… 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

Netflix-Virgin Media UK Deal Opens Front Door for “Over-the-Top” Services

Posted in Technology, Television
Virgin Media has become the first major pay-TV provider to integrate Netflix’s subscription video service on its cable system. Starting this week, a select number of Virgin Media customers will be able to access Netflix directly through an app on Virgin Media’ TiVo set-top boxes. Those customers will still need a separate Netflix account (which… Continue Reading

Matt and Dan Participate in “Television and Disruptive Technologies” panel for the Copyright Society of the U.S.A.

Posted in Copyright, Events, Technology, Television
Matt Syrkin recently presented and moderated a presentation for the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. titled, “Television and Disruptive Technologies: Copyright’s New Frontier” at New York City’s Princeton Club. Dan Schnapp and other prominent practitioners served as panelists for the sold-out engagement which addressed the crucial business and legal issues raised by the introduction of… Continue Reading

CLE Webinar “Fashion Extraction” RESCHEDULED

Posted in Events, Technology
Due to the disruption from Hurricane Sandy, we are rescheduling our webinar "Fashion Extraction: Distilling Fashion Law to its Interdisciplinary Core" to Thursday, December 13, 2012 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. EST.   We hope that this will give everyone time to cope with the aftermath from the storm.              To register or… Continue Reading

DigitalHHR to Present CLE Webinar: “Fashion Extraction: “Distilling Fashion Law to its Interdisciplinary Core”

Posted in Events, Technology
The fashion industry’s continued dominance in the commercial marketplace coupled with its successful expansion into the exploitation of social media and other digital platforms has presented the industry with an ever expanding myriad of complex business and legal issues to address. For stakeholders in the space, navigating an evolving landscape of shifting laws, rules and regulations… Continue Reading


Posted in Advertising, Regulations, Technology
In 2000, long before the launch of Twitter and Facebook, and the explosion of smartphones, tablets and other Internet-connected devices, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA, was enacted to provide parents of children under the age of 13 with more visibility into, and control over, online publishers’ information collection and processing practices. COPPA requires,… 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

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

Mobile App Industry Attempts Self-Regulation

Posted in Mobile, Regulations, Technology
Mobile apps have blossomed from nothing into an expanding multi-billion dollar industry in just a few years.  Just last week, the millionth app went on sale somehere in the world.  And the industry is projected to continue to grow despite tough economic times.  A great deal of this growth stems from the increased access that… Continue Reading

Cloud Computing, Digital Lockers and Copyright: The Cloudification of Entertainment (Update)

Posted in Cloud, Copyright, Music, Technology
It is no surprise that the move to the cloud is in full swing. New methods of content distribution and consumption, coupled with the widespread proliferation of IP-enabled consumer devices, are driving the public’s relentless desire for “any content anywhere”.  The success of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon on Demand, Flickr, and the emergence of novel content… Continue Reading

The In-App Purchase Patent Battle

Posted in Technology
A recently filed complaint is sending shock waves through the application developer community.  On May 31, 2011 Lodsys, LLC filed a complaint against seven application developers for iOS, Apple’s mobile operating system.  Lodsys seeks an injunction and treble damages for willful infringement of two of its patents (U.S. Patent Nos. 7,620,565 and 7,222,078) that are directed… Continue Reading

Apple Backs Down On Controversial In-App Purchasing Rules

Posted in Technology
Apple recently revised its App Store Review Guidelines to remove some of the most controversial rules governing subscription apps and in-app purchases.  The changes come just weeks before the June 30th deadline by which developers had to bring their existing apps into compliance with the in-app purchasing rules announced in February. … Continue Reading

Apps and Open Source: A Developing Debacle?

Posted in Technology
In the rush to take advantage of the boom in the apps market, developers may have–consciously or not–overlooked the fact that some of the software building blocks they were using to create apps were governed by their own license restrictions, which may have been violated by the developers.  A recent report published by OpenLogic found that 7 out… 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

Device Fingerprinting and Targeted Margeting: The Next Digital Privacy Battleground?

Posted in Privacy, Technology
In one of the latest advances in what has been called “a technological arms race between tracking companies and people who seek not to be monitored,” device fingerprinting, a technology originally developed to prevent software piracy and credit card fraud, appears set to become a powerful new tool for online marketers.  But recent calls to… Continue Reading

Wayne to Moderate Panel at Digital Hollywood New York Conference

Posted in Cloud, Events, Mobile, Technology, Television
DigitalHHR’s Wayne Josel will be moderating a panel at the upcoming Digital Hollywood New York conference.  Entitled "Cloud Media & the Connected PC-TV-Mobile Universe: The New Face of the Digital Consumer", the panel will feature top executives from Verizon, HP, ActiveVideo Networks, Thwapr and IBB Consulting in a discussion on new initiatives to deliver content… 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

Privacy Issues for iAd May Be Pre-cursor for Mobile Ad Stakeholders

Posted in Advertising, Mobile, Privacy, Technology
Since its launch this past Spring, Apple’s new iAd interface has promised to change the landscape of mobile advertising and how consumers and advertisers interact. But the multiple, interlocking terms of use, developer agreements and privacy policies that govern various aspects of the iAd system also raise some interesting issues surrounding the collection and sharing… 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

Social Networking Games, Sweepstakes, Promotions and the New Apps: Developing the Fine Line of Legality

Posted in Contest/Sweepstakes, Gaming, Mobile, Social Media, Technology
Over the last year, social networking sites, most notably those with a developer platform such as Facebook, have become hotbeds for virtual goods purchases, social gaming, sweepstakes and advertising-based promotions.  Many of these are based on custom-designed and developed third party applications and widgets, which are veritable revenue drivers for the platform operators.  Several months… Continue Reading

FCC’s Net Neutrality Initiative Suffers Body Blow, But is Still Standing

Posted in Regulations, Technology
Earlier this month, the DC Court of Appeals dealt a blow to the FCC’s “net neutrality” initiatives when it held that the Commission did not have the authority to sanction Comcast for employing network management practices that targeted users of P2P applications.  However, by basing its reasoning on a straightforward (and not surprising) interpretation of… Continue Reading

P2P and Cloud Media Summit

Posted in Cloud, Technology
Dan will be speaking at the DCIA’s inaugural P2P and Cloud Media Summit in Santa Monica on May 6th. The summit is being held in conjunction with Digital Hollywood, one of the premier entertainment and technology industry conferences. Dan will be part of a panel entitled "Global Perspective – Changing Rules for P2P and Cloud… Continue Reading