This WEEK in LAW

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World Wide Web Consortium abandons consensus, standardizes DRM with 58.4% support, EFF resigns

In July, the Director of the World Wide Web Consortium overruled dozens of members' objections to publishing a DRM standard without a compromise to …

W3C

Apple blocking ads that follow users around web is 'sabotage', says industry

New iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra will stop ads following Safari users, prompting open letter claiming Apple is destroying internet’s economic model<p>For the second time in as many years, internet advertisers are facing unprecedented disruption to their business model thanks to a new feature in a …

Advertising

Dr. Phil and His Texas-Sized Copyright Victory in the Lone Star State: Is This “EDTX 2.0” After TC Heartland?

And just like that, it was over. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods Group <i></i>sun-setted the reign of the U.S. District …

Law

Suit Over Monkey’s Selfies Ends in Settlement

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – A nature photographer and animal rights group settled their two-year dispute over the ownership of a monkey’s selfies on Monday, …

Naruto

Hackers Have Already Started to Weaponize Artificial Intelligence

Last year, two data scientists from security firm ZeroFOX conducted an experiment to see who was better at getting Twitter users to click on …

Artificial Intelligence

Trump Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Restore Refugee Travel Ban

The Trump administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to restore its temporary ban on thousands of refugees seeking entry to the country.<p>A …

U.S. Supreme Court

Vetting of social media, phones possible as part of travel ban review

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The Trump administration is developing new ways to vet people coming into the United States as a deadline in the President's controversial travel ban nears, officials said Tuesday.<p>"Each of the opportunities that the US government has to interview and/or vet potential inbound …

Immigration

ISPs, Edge United Against California Privacy Bill

The California state legislature's planned vote Friday (Sept. 15) on a bill, AB 375, that mirrors the online privacy framework the FCC voted to adopt …

Privacy

Doubling (& Tripling) Down on Trademark Protection For Secret Menu Items–In-N

by guest blogger Alexandra Jane Roberts<p>Last week, California-based burger chain In-N-Out sued Denver-based Smashburger, alleging infringement and …

Burgers

California: Restore Our Online Privacy Rights

A California Senate committee is stalling new legislation, A.B. 375 (Chau), to reinstate online privacy rules that would keep ISPs like AT&T, …

In Surprise Vote, House Passes Amendment to Restrict Asset Forfeiture

In a stunning move, the House of Representatives on Tuesday approved an amendment to the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act that …

Government

The Donotpay bot will help you sue Equifax in small claims court

Joshua Browder (previously is the delightful teen computer science student who created a the Donotpay to fight parking tickets that saved millions …

Equifax

By signing up on Equifax’s help site, you risk giving up your legal rights

<i>This story has been updated with comments from the CFPB and the New York Attorney General's office.</i><p>Worried you may be affected by Equifax's massive data breach? The credit bureau has set up a site, equifaxsecurity2017.com, that allows you to check whether your personal information was exposed. But …

Equifax

Equifax breach disclosure would have failed Europe’s tough new rules

U.S. consumers hearing the news yesterday of a massive Equifax data breach, which the company revealed potentially affects 143 million consumers, and includes data such as names, addresses, dates of birth, social security numbers, drivers’ licenses and — for a subset of hundreds of thousands — …

Privacy

Ex-NFLers Fight EA's Bid To Escape Madden Suit

A proposed class of former NFL players urged a California federal court Friday not to toss their suit against game maker Electronic Arts over the …

Electronic Arts

9th Circ. Won't Force Arbitration Over Verizon 'Supercookies'

Verizon subscribers can keep their case against Turn Inc. in California federal court, according to a Ninth Circuit ruling Tuesday that found a …

Privacy

Disinformation as a service? DaaS not good!

Oh, great. Bots are buying ads now.<p>Facebook said this week that an internal investigation uncovered 470 fraudulent Facebook accounts and pages linked …

United States

The FTC Throws Shade at Influencer Bruhs Who Failed to Disclose Material Connections

We blogged last week about the FTC’s triple play against deceptive influencer advertising. In one prong of the initiative, the FTC announced that its …

Advertising

Apple, Google, Facebook speak out on DACA

Silicon Valley leaders are taking a stand as President Trump sets his sights on ending the "Dreamer" program

Immigration

Microsoft joins long list of tech companies trying to #DefendDACA

Microsoft this week joined an ever-growing list of tech companies speaking out in defense of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. President Trump is expected to end the Obama initiative on Tuesday, according to Fox News, and announce the US government will allow current work …

Microsoft

DACA Deadline Adds To Jammed Congressional Agenda

The Trump administration's announcement that it would end President Barack Obama’s deportation relief program for young immigrants sent ripples …

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Legal News & Analysis on Litigation, Policy, Deals

Welcome to the Law360 Pro Say podcast<p>Pro Say is a weekly podcast from Law360, bringing you a quick recap of both the biggest stories and the hidden …

Fyre Festival

BBC Radio 4 - Copyright or Wrong

Leading copyright lawyer and author Richard Taylor asks whether copyright is an analogue law in the digital age.<p>Everywhere we look, there are examples of copyright - from the music playing in stores to the images on billboards and the trainers we wear. And that is just in the real world. On the …

Terry Gilliam

PsBattle: this monkey holding a camera

Three FTC actions of interest to influencers

By Lesley Fair<br>If you have any influence over influencers, alert them to three developments, including the FTC’s first law enforcement action against …

Marketing

How to Protect a Drug Patent? Sell it to a Native American Tribe

The drugmaker Allergan announced Friday that it had transferred its patents on a best-selling eye drug to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe in upstate New York — an unusual gambit to protect the drug from a patent dispute.<p>Under the deal, which involves the dry-eye drug Restasis, Allergan will pay the …

Patents

Apple is facing questions from the U.S. Senate on the privacy protections in iPhone X and Face ID

Sen. Al Franken wants to know how Apple will handle law enforcement requests.<p>A day after Apple unveiled its new iPhone X — a device that its owner can unlock using facial recognition — Sen. Al Franken is pressing the tech giant to detail the privacy and security safeguards it has in place for …

Privacy

Sovereign Immunity of Patents: While a Strong Benefit to Patent Owners, These Patents Remain Subject to Traditional Challenges

The United States Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) recently dismissed another inter partes review (“IPR”) based on an assertion of 11th …

Patents

Why Face ID won’t give you the legal protection of a passcode

In the short time since Apple announced its Face ID feature for the iPhone X, we’ve seen a lot of questions about its security compared to a fingerprint or passcode. For example, if you’re arrested, can a police officer just point your phone at your face and unlock it?<p>Apple has some technical …

Privacy