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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

8th Circuit Reinstates $220,000 Statutory Damages Verdict

The 8th Circuit reinstated a $ 222,000 damages verdict assessed against Jammie Thomas-Rasset, who after three different trials was found guilty of copyright infringement for having illegally shared songs on the now-defunct file-sharing service KaZaA.  When the Recording Industry originally alleged she had infringed upon its parties’ copyrights, Thomas became “infamous” when she, decided to not settle the claim but instead defend herself in court.   The only other person who opted to defend themselves in court against such copyright infringement claims was Joel Tenenbaum, whose own case was also characterized by courts attempting to lessen the jury-awarded damages.


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

FTC Publishes New Guidelines for Mobile Apps

Mostly a recapitulation of previous FTC guidelines on the issue, but important reinforcements nonetheless regarding the need to be truthful in advertising and to have core privacy protections that would be required, for example, of any dynamic website.


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