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    Getty Images Sued for Allegedly Seeking Licensing Fees for Photographs Available for Free Public Use

    Getty Images, a well-known stock photo agency used by many news and publishing outlets, has been sued in the Southern District of New York for allegedly seeking licensing fees from individuals and corporations for the use of photographs previously made available for free public use. A number of other stock photo agencies have also been […]

    Second Circuit Reinforces the Scope of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s Safe Harbor Provision

    In Capitol Records LLC v. Vimeo, LLC, the Second Circuit issued a decision clarifying the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s (“DMCA”) safe harbor provision, which protects certain Internet service providers from liability for copyright infringement when a user of the service provider’s website posts infringing content on the site. The ruling also discussed what constitutes knowledge […]

    Is Ashley Madison abusing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in the Wake of Hack?

    In July, a group of hackers identifying themselves as the Impact Team took over the computer systems of Avid Life Media (“ALM”), the parent company of the adultery-oriented website Ashley Madison, threatening to release the names and personal information of over thirty million users of the site. This data—which includes street addresses, email addresses, birthdates, […]

    Second Circuit holds that the Affordable Care Act does not violate the Religious Freedom Restoration Act

    On August 7, 2015, in Catholic Health Care System v. Burwell, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals held that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (“RFRA”) is not violated by certain regulations promulgated under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) that permit religious not-for-profit employers to opt-out of providing contraception coverage while enabling their employees to receive […]

    United States and Canada Respond to ICANN’s Concerns over the “.sucks” Domain

    In April 2015, the General Counsel of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) sent a letter to the United States’ Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) and Canada’s Office of Consumer Affairs (the “OCA”), requesting that the FTC and OCA investigate whether Vox Populi, the owner of the “.sucks” top-level Internet domain, was […]

    Supreme Court Upholds Subsidies for Federal Exchanges under the Affordable Care Act

    In a highly anticipated decision issued by the Supreme Court in the matter of King v. Burwell, the Court upheld the issuance of tax credits under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) to individuals purchasing insurance from an Exchange established by the federal government. As the Court acknowledged, a contrary ruling would have effectively destroyed the […]

    Katy Perry Hits Roadblock in Obtaining Trademark Registration for Left Shark

    Singer Katy Perry’s attempt to register the term “Left Shark”—the name of her dancing companion during the 2015 Super Bowl Halftime Show—with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) has been delayed, while her application to register the Left Shark design has been denied. Perry, through her company Killer Queen, LLC, applied to register […]