Even as a Moscow court ruled last week that Russian officials could shut down websites containing extremist comments, the country’s president, former corporate attorney and law professor Dmitry Medvedev, was launching a new blog.Hosted by LiveJournal, it calls for a more open society. However, the comments will be monitored by the Kremlin, reports Al Jazeera.Since it was launched on April 21, the blog has nonetheless attracted some 8,000 comments, many of them critical, reports the Moscow Times today.Among them was advertising executive Andrei Zubarev, who posted a complaint about conditions at a children’s hospital in the Ryazan region. To his surprise, the president responded within a few days, saying he had asked the governor of Ryazan to look into the issue. Officials soon visited the hospital and the governor has held a press conference.“To be honest, I didn’t expect anything,” Zubarev told the newspaper yesterday, noting that there were “a lot … [Read more...] about New Law Blogger: Russian President
In this article, we discuss a recent Ninth Circuit decision relating to the summary judgment standard for a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) affirmative defense. The ins and outs of the DMCA will be among of the topics at the 2017 seminar.Earlier this month, the Ninth Circuit issued a ruling that will make it more difficult for Internet service providers to rely on the DMCA safe harbor to prevail at the summary judgment stage. In Mavrix Photographs, LLC v. LiveJournal, Inc., Case No. 14-56596 (9th Cir. April 7, 2017), the court overturned the district court’s summary judgment finding for the defendant, ruling that the common law of agency applied and there was a genuine issue of material fact as to whether the moderators at issue in this case were “agents” of the defendant. This finding will make summary judgment harder to achieve for Internet service providers and may make them rethink the roles that moderators play in assessing content on their … [Read more...] about DMCA and monitoring – damned if you do, damned if you don’t?
In reversing a district court grant of summary judgment in favor of a social media platform, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ordered a deeper look at the degree to which the common law of agency affects a safe harbor defense to copyright infringement under § 512(c) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Mavrix Photographs, LLC v. LiveJournal, Inc., Case No. 14-56596 (9th Cir., Apr. 7, 2017) (Paez, J).Mavrix, a photography agency specializing in celebrity vacation photos, sued LiveJournal for copyright infringement when 20 of its photographs were posted to a popular LiveJournal celebrity news community called “Oh No They Didn’t!” (ONTD). Mavrix did not utilize LiveJournal’s available notice and takedown procedures to notify LiveJournal of the infringements. When the lawsuit was filed, however, LiveJournal removed the posts containing the allegedly infringing photographs. At the district court, LiveJournal moved for summary … [Read more...] about Time to Zoom In on Application of DMCA Safe Harbor Defense
DEPARTMENT store Selfridges has opened its Christmas shop despite scorching temperatures. It claims to be the first in the world to unveil its festive section — with 145 days to go. The shop will be most heavily stocked in September, when there will 3,800 yuletide items on sale, ranging in price from £1.95 to £8,500. A Selfridges spokeswoman said the launch “We have so many customers visiting from all over the world, eager to snap up festive decorations and souvenirs on their London summer holidays which they can't buy at home. HEATWAVE GOODBYE? Here's all you need to know about the UK heatwave and when it could end HOT IN HERE Here's how much longer the heatwave is set to last in the UK FEEL THE HEAT Here's what's in store for the UK's weather as the balmy conditions continue 'YOU WON'T OUTRUN A BULLET' Man sick of stones being thrown at home pointed 'gun' at kids TRAVEL WOES South Western Rail strikes – what are the dates and what trains are affected? SAIL … [Read more...] about Selfridges has opened its Christmas shop in middle of record-breaking heatwave
TAKE That are set to battle Sir Elton John with a rival Christmas advert. Marks&Spencer want the group, whose hits include the 2007 smash Rule the World, to front their campaign. An insider said: “The whole theme of the ad is based around people getting Christmas surprises. “Then at the end the plan is for Take That to appear unexpectedly as part of a massive shock moment. “They’re just ironing out the details but the band are keen and hopefully it will be a huge success. The Christmas ads have become a massive deal and the pressure is on each year to come up with something fresh and exciting.” Meanwhile John Lewis are understood to have hired Elton in a £5million deal. Their commercial is said to feature his 1970 hit Your Song and clips from the 71-year-old’s life. The Yuletide ads have become a major fixture of the festive calendar. FAT CAT Bemused Tesco shopper pictures plus-sized moggy laying beside box of cat treats NO shame Yob behind … [Read more...] about M&S sign Take That for Christmas advert after rival John Lewis sign Sir Elton John