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FTC Proposes Changes to Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act

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Accept/delete (tracking) cookies by stallio on Flickr The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently proposed changes to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) that would further restrict the kinds of personal information websites could collect from users under 13 years old; the proposed amendments are intended to address issues that have come up in the […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

September 19th, 2011 at 3:10 pm

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Court Stops Missouri’s Law Restricting Online Teacher/Student Communications

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A few weeks ago, we talked about Missouri’s Amy Hestir Student Protection Act, which restricts student-teacher online communications. The law was set to come into effect August 28, but a Missouri judge has agreed with the plaintiffs, represented by the Eastern Missouri ACLU, in a lawsuit challenging its constitutionality and has issued an preliminary injunction […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

August 29th, 2011 at 11:04 am

Businesses Can Buy Exemption from .xxx Domain Registry

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As we mentioned back in May, ICANN has approved the .xxx top-level domain. When the new .xxx domain comes into effect, businesses will have the opportunity to protect their own names from potential cybersquatters—for a fee payable to the company that will be running the .xxx domains. Why would businesses want or need to protect […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

July 21st, 2011 at 7:30 am

Center for Copyright Information’s “Six Strikes” Plan Against Piracy

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The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has teamed up with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), other media outlets, and Internet service providers (ISPs) to form the brand new Center for Copyright Information (CCI) and tackle piracy with a “six strikes plan.” The gist of the plan is that ISPs will send up […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

July 11th, 2011 at 12:56 pm

ISPs Set to Band Together to Fight Piracy

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Greg Sandoval at CNET reports that Internet service providers (ISPs) including Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T may be ready to come together to fight piracy. Sandoval’s unnamed source revealed that a deal which “appears to have the potential to become one of the most potent antipiracy strategies ever implemented” may be announced as soon as next […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

June 28th, 2011 at 9:46 am

ICANN Approves Addition of Generic Top-Level Domains

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Despite opposition, ICANN has announced its approval of a plan that would drastically increase the number of generic top-level domains (gTLDs) available on the Internet. Right now, there are 22 gTLDs in existence, including .com, .org, and .edu, but within the next few years, possibly even late 2012, we may see up to hundreds more. […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

June 22nd, 2011 at 11:17 am

“Numa Numa” Kid Becomes Public Enemy?

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Remember this guy? Well, his name is Gary Brolsma, and, depending on your opinion of his ear-worm lip-synching video, you may or may not be pleased to hear that he might end up on the Copyright Office’s “Most Wanted” list. That’s right: the United States Senate wants to change unauthorized “public performances” of copyrighted works […]

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Written by Dan Goldman

June 13th, 2011 at 11:12 am

Do Facebook “Likes” Violate Minors’ Right to Privacy?

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A St. Louis law firm has sued Facebook in federal court for allegedly using the names and photos of minors to promote their products and services without parental consent. The theory behind the lawsuit filed by Korein Tillery is that when a minor clicks the “like” button for a page of a business or other […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

June 6th, 2011 at 10:00 am

ICANN’s Efforts to Increase Available Domain Suffixes Meet Opposition

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Will we soon have domain suffixes beyond the usual suspects like .com, .org, and .biz to choose from? If the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has its way, yes—but right now the House Judiciary’s Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet Subcommittee isn’t convinced this is a good direction to pursue. ICANN is […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

May 5th, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Domain-Squatting Takes on New Meaning: ICANN Approves New Top-Level Domain Name

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Domain names have provided a good deal of fodder for the courts over the past few years. One need look only to the last year’s case law to find numerous examples of companies complaining about others’ use of domain names that divert or confuse customers. Usually the controversy arises when someone purchases a domain name […]

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Written by Dan Goldman

May 3rd, 2011 at 5:15 pm