Wholesale Scraping of “Public” Data May Be Trade Secret Misappropriation

New Media and Technology Law

In what could be prove to be an important decision within the context of scraping of “public” data, in a recent case the Eleventh Circuit reversed a lower court’s dismissal of trade secret claims relating to the scraping of insurance quotes.

Kind Sues Cliff For Trade Dress Infringement

Current Trends

Kind, LLC thinks new product packaging from competitor Cliff Bar & Company is an infringement on the KIND brand trade dress shown above. Trade dress for product packing and product design may be registered with the U.S. Famous trade dress includes the design of the COKE bottle and the “Golden Arches” of McDonald’s. Branding trade dress trademark tradedress Trademark

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African Muslims and the Slave Trade

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

African Muslims and the Slave Trade "n just under a week on Saturday, June 22 at 10am, London Town will welcome Dr. Herbert Brewer to speak on the slave ship Margaret and its journey from London, England to Sierra Leone, West Africa, to the Chesapeake (including London Town) and back to England.

VFX Town Hall Meeting Urges Trade Association and Union

Digital Media Law

VFX vet Scott Ross and others outlined a plan that involves the formation of a VFX union for VFX artists and of a trade association for visual effects facilities, all aimed at addressing the troubled VFX business model. Normal. false. false. false. However, panelists also acknowledged the difficulty of achieving either goal. Pi Day – a multi-city international meeting of VFX artists – took place Thursday evening amid rising concern about the state of the industry.

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Stopping Google’s End Run: No Safe Harbor Privilege in Trade Agreements

Music Technology Policy

Many welcome the passing of the renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement, known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). And now of course they want USMCA to become a model for all other trade agreements–including, no doubt the coming bilateral agreement with the UK after Brexit. First, the simplest thing is to ask your Senators to make a statement for the record opposing the safe harbors being included in any trade deal, including USMCA.

CourtAlert.com Sues American LegalNet For Theft of Trade Secrets

Media Law

Two docketing technology companies will be battling each other in federal court, as New York based CourtAlert.com has filed a lawsuit against California based American LegalNet alleging theft of trade secrets.

ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: LINDSAY LOHAN SUES E*TRADE FOR $100 MILLION

Entertainment Litigation Blog

Instead, Lohan has made the news by filing a $100 million lawsuit against the online stock trading company, E*Trade, over their "milkaholic" baby girlfriend commercial. Now comes Lohan's latest foray into the news: a $100 million dollar lawsuit against E*Trade for their latest "baby" commercial. LOHAN'S CLAIM IS WEIRD The essence of Lohan's claims is that E*Trade's latest baby-talking commercial -- featuring a "milkaholic" female baby named "Lindsay" -- was about her.

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Both Republican candidates in Georgia runoffs face questions about stock trades

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Both Republican candidates in Georgia runoffs face questions about stock trades

Defend Trade Secrets Act Claims Subject to CDA Section 230 Immunity

New Media and Technology Law

In what is one of the most recent attempts to circumvent the immunity provided in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (“CDA” or “CDA Section 230”), the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts made it clear that claims brought under the Defend Trade Secrets Act (18 U.S.C. §§ 1836, et seq.) (“DTSA”) are not exempt from the scope of CDA immunity. Defamation Online Content CDA immunity consumer review website DTSA federal trade secrets claim

Are US Trade Negotiating Objectives Regarding Digital Responsibility and Copyright Protection Evolving? (What the 800 Pound Gorilla Really Wants is Important for the Trade Partners of the US) — Hugh Stephens Blog

Music Technology Policy

In case you were wondering, from a trade policy perspective the 800 pound gorilla is the United States, the world’s largest economy and a largely open market, although increasingly less so […]. When you negotiate with the 800 pound gorilla, the gorilla usually gets what it wants.

E*Trade Responds to Harvey Keitel Lawsuit: "No Deal"

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The actor alleges the online brokerage firm breached a contract to have him appear in commercials. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Business THR Online

Trading Barbs

Thompson On Hollywood

It may be possible for a small online outfit to survive on trade ads. As for giving Joe Flint the LAT Company Town blog (what about their own Claudia Eller, who comes from the trades and can duke it out with the competition better than anyone?), The trades confirm or deny what many folks have heard to be true. Tags: Media advertising Nikki Finke Sharon Waxman The Hollywood Reporter trades Variety

Federal Trade Commission Brings First Case Over a Kickstarter Project

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Erik Chevalier raised four times his goal for a fantasy board game — and according to the FTC, used funds for personal expenses. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Tech Business THR Online

American LegalNet Seeks Dismissal Of Lawsuit By CourtAlert.com for Theft of Trade Secrets

Media Law

“Although Plaintiff alleges that Loeb accessed and misappropriated customer lists and pricing information, it is well established that this information does not constitute a trade secret,” the motion argues.

Harvey Keitel Sues E*Trade for Dropping Him From Commercials

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The 'Pulp Fiction' star says the company owes him $1.5 million from a previous contract. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Business THR Online Harvey Keitel

Rick Carnes, Eddie Schwartz and Fair Trade Music Project Speaks Out for Silenced Songwriters–Please sign the petition!

Music Technology Policy

The Music Creators North America (spearheading the Fair Trade Music Project) took another step toward defending the rights of creators. This is why the Fair Trade Music Project adopted protection of free speech as one of its five principles. artist rights artist rights are human rights Eddie Schwartz fair trade music Hoang Nhat Thong Pussy Riot Rick Carnes Roozbeh Bemani Viet Khang Zhu Yufu

Sandeen and Mylly on Trade Secrets and the Right to Information @SharonSandeen @UniTurku

Media Law Prof Blog

Sandeen, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Hanken School of Economics, and Ulla-Maija Mylly, University of Turku, Faculty of Law, are publishing Trade Secrets and the Right to Information: A Comparative Analysis of EU and US Approaches to Freedom Sharon K.

Attention Seattle and Northwest Washington Artists! TONIGHT! Attend @Local76_493 Fair Trade Music Meeting

Music Technology Policy

afl-cio afm artist rights artists as free agents arts education Uncategorized AFM American Federation of Musicians fair trade music seattle musiciansSee the Seattle Musicians email for more information. And make sure you’re registered to vote ! Ask the candidates where they stand!

ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: LINDSAY LOHAN SUES E*TRADE FOR $100 MILLION

Entertainment Litigation Blog

Instead, Lohan has made the news by filing a $100 million lawsuit against the online stock trading company, E*Trade, over their "milkaholic" baby girlfriend commercial. Now comes Lohan's latest foray into the news: a $100 million dollar lawsuit against E*Trade for their latest "baby" commercial. ACTRESS CLAIMS BABY GIRLFRIEND COMMERCIAL IS ABOUT HER. Actress Lindsay Lohan is once again in the news.

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Jury Clears Mark Cuban of Insider Trading

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The "Shark Tank" star was accused of illegally divesting stock in Mamma.com. read more. The Business THR Online THR, Esq. Business

Trade secret war over Hollywood set locations

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Eriq Gardner A lot of people would love to see their home used as the set location for a big Hollywood movie. Sure, it's a nuisance, but property owners get a great story to tell their grandkids and, with.

Talent Agency Defections Spark Trade Secrets Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Diverse Talent Group sues three of its former agents and rival, Function Talent Group, for stealing info and poaching clients. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business

Online Content Distribution and Unfair Trading

Media Law Prof Blog

Katri Havu, University of Helsinki, is publishing Unfair Commercial Contracts and Online Content Distribution: Insights into Problems, Regulation and Potential of European Harmonization in Tidskrift utgiven av Juridiska Föreningen i Finland, 6/2014 (forthcoming). Here is the abstract. Commercial online content

Pandora’s Spin Machine Trading on Ambiguities Again

Music Technology Policy

The news–or shall we say propaganda–drove Pandora’s stock price up about 5%–or somewhere around a $27,690,000 increase on the day of the value of Pandora’s outstanding publicly traded shares. In case you missed it (and US readers probably have better things to do today as it’s the Thanksgiving holiday here), Pandora is apparently feeding stories to the business press with that special level of duplicitousness we have come to expect from P.

Top Ten Lists: Patent, Trademark, Copyright, and Trade Secret Cases

Media Law Prof Blog

McJohn, Suffolk University Law School, is publishing Top Tens in 2013: Patent, Trademark, Copyright and Trade Secret Cases in the Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property. Stephen M. Here is the abstract. This paper discusses notable intellectual property law

Harvey Keitel Loses Appeal Over Being Dropped from E*Trade Commercials

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The actor thought he had a $1.5 million deal. But it's held that a term sheet doesn't substitute for a formal written agreement. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

'Hoosiers' Writer and Movie Producer Trade Blows Over Boxer Film

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Angelo Pizzo and Chad Verdi are in court arguing over script delivery and payment related to a project about Vinny Pazienza. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Hoosiers

Free Speech and Trade Secrets

Media Law Prof Blog

Rowe, University of Florida College of Law, has published "Trade Secret Litigation and Free Speech: Is it Time to Restrain the Plaintiffs?" Trade secret misappropriation litigation is Elizabeth A. in the Boston College Law Review (2009). Here is the abstract.

Hollywood Docket: Motley Crue's 'Drum Ring' Isn't Stolen Trade Secret

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A roundup of entertainment law news including a possible Terrence Malick settlement and "Y.M.C.A." in French. read more. The Business THR Online THR, Esq. Business

#howgoogleworks: Why did the Federal Trade Commission ignore staff recommendations to prosecute Google for antitrust violations?

Music Technology Policy

OK, now that you’ve stopped laughing, that’s not a trick question. We all know why Google has never been prosecuted by the U.S. government. One way or another, they buy their way out of it through Google’s unprecedented network of lobbyists, fake academics and shadowy nonprofits like the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Public Knowledge. (For

Trading Spaces Host Doug Wilson Busted on DUI

Law of Hollywood Land

Early Tuesday morning, December 30th, Doug Wilson of “Trading Spaces&# fame was arrested by police in Decatur, Illinois. Tags: DUI Celebrity Wannabe Under Arrest trading spaces Drunk Driving Wilson failed to yield to an emergency vehicle and was later pulled over by said vehicle, which happened to be a police car. Wilson was charged with multiple crimes including aggravated DUI, driving on a suspended license and illegal transportation of alcohol.

Does Trade Secret Litigation Restrict Free Speech?

Media Law Prof Blog

Rowe, University of Florida College of Law, has published "Trade Secret Litigation and Free Speech: Is it Time to Restrain the Plaintiffs?" Trade secret misappropriation litigation is often Elizabeh A. in Boston College Law Review (2009). Here is the abstract.

'Hoosiers' Writer and Movie Producer Trade Blows Over Boxer Film

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Angelo Pizzo and Chad Verdi are in court arguing over script delivery and payment related to a project about Vinny Pazienza. read more

SAG-AFTRA, Managers Trade Barbs on Regulatory Code (Analysis)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A manager turns down a client and blames the union, while the union fires back at “misrepresentations. from special interests.” read more. The Business THR Online THR, Esq. SAG-AFTRA Labor Business

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Rethinking Hot News and Trade Secrets As Property Rights

Media Law Prof Blog

Claeys, George Mason University, has published Intellectual Usufructs: Trade Secrets, Hot News, and the Usufructuary Paradigm at Common Law, in Intellectual Property and the Common Law (Shyam Balganesh ed., Eric R. Cambridge University Press, forthcoming). Here is the abstract. Contemporary

Federal Trade Commission Revises Rules on Endorsements

Media Law Prof Blog

The Federal Trade Commission is issuing new guidelines regarding endorsements and reviews by bloggers on their posts. Bloggers must disclose payments or gifts. Check out the text of the Federal Register notice here

Entertainment Industry Sends U.S. Trade Office a NAFTA Negotiation Wish List

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Lifting foreign equity caps and overhauling safe harbor protections for Internet companies is on the agenda for the MPAA and others. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Television Music Tech Business THR Online

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'Star Wars' Model-Maker Sues Ex-Employees For Stealing Trade Secrets

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Two long-time employees of iconic model-maker Grant McCune stole a key client and proprietary information before leaving to form a competing company, according to the lawsuit. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

'Star Wars' Model-Maker Sues Ex-Employees For Stealing Trade Secrets

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Two long-time employees of iconic model-maker Grant McCune stole a key client and proprietary information before leaving to form a competing company, according to the lawsuit. read more. THR Online THR, Esq. Movies Movies

Movie research firm claims former head misappropriated trade secrets

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Gregg Kilday Caught off-guard when Kevin Goetz resigned as president of its motion picture group in late February, entertainment research firm OTX has taken its case to court. On Tuesday, OTX filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court against.

More on Pirate Bay sale insider trading

Music Technology Policy

According to Threat Level of Wired the Pure, "Insider Trading Suspected Ahead of Pirate Bay Sale" and trading was suspended in the acquirer's stock pending an investigation by officials at the Swedish AktieTorget exchange (No, that's not Swedish for "Torrents".) do] not permit criminal enterprises to trade on the exchange."

EU Parliament, Member States Want "Culture Exception" in Upcoming EU/US Trade Talks

Media Law Prof Blog

The EU Parliament has indicated it wants the area of culture exempted from upcoming trade talks with the United States. France, an EU member states, agrees, and is vocal about backing a cultural exception for French films, for example.

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The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), Copyright, and Internet Privacy

Media Law Prof Blog

Iryna Ievdokymova, Leiden University, Leiden Law School, has published ACTA and the Enforcement of Copyright in Cyberspace: The Impact on Privacy, at 19 European Law Journal 759 (2013). Here is the abstract. As the reach of the Internet expands, governments