In response to the European Union's adoption in March 2019 of the "Copyright Directive" regulation, Google announced that it would stop including snippets of articles in its search responses. Instead, it will include the headline with a link. This announcement elicited a sharp response from France's Emmanuel Macron and Germany's Angela Merkel, accusing Google of … Continue reading Farce of EU ‘Link Tax’ displayed in EU v. Google row
On October 1, 2019, The United States Court of Appeal for the District of Columbia issued its ruling in the case of Mozilla v FCC. The Court's ruling is contained in a 186 opinion. The best part of the opinion is that the Court ruled that the FCC attack on net neutrality does not preempt … Continue reading Court rules on net neutrality: not all bad.
When I started my law practice, the options for marketing were limited to expensive Yellow Page and newspaper ads, and networking. Some of you may not even know what those terms mean. They have become relics. The same was true of all professions and trades, as well as hobbies and artistry. If you simply wanted … Continue reading Age of the Internet as a Democratic Equalizer is Dimming.
June 11, 2019 was the one year anniversary of the Ajit Pai led repeal of net neutrality regulations. Pai is the Trump appointed Chair of the FCC and a cable industry insider - a former Associate General Counsel at Verizon, among other positions. After being appointed Chair of the FCC, he closed an investigation of … Continue reading One Year Anniversary of Repeal of Net Neutrality
Uh oh. The Wall Street Journal is reporting (article behind a paywall) that the EU has been investigating GDPR cases and will be announcing fines this summer.
On March 26, 2019, the EU Parliament passed the controversial “Copyright Directive” by a vote of 348 to 274 and on April 15, 2019 the EU Council of Ministers approved the final text of the directive. However, unlike the GDPR (the EU's recent enactment of the General Data Protection law), the Directive will not go … Continue reading EU’s anti-link sharing law passed. Now what?
Despite widespread criticism and warnings, Article 11 and Article 13 of the EU Copyright Directive have inched closer to approval. A vote of the EU parliament - probably at the end of this month or next (March or April 2019) - could start a two year phase in period. Article 11, nicknamed the "Link … Continue reading EU “break the internet” law advances