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E-Commerce Law Reports

Current Issue (December 2015)

Volume: 15 Issue: 6


About E-Commerce Law Reports:

The bi-monthly law journal providing coverage and guidance of key e-commerce law cases, such as those dealing with domain names and domain name disputes, intellectual property rights, copyright infringements, liability, online / behavourial advertising, distance selling regulations, privacy law, cybercrime, social networking, trademarks, telecoms and software / read more

December's issue of E-Commerce Law Reports

This latest edition of E-Commerce Law Reports features a wide-range of case law which will have significant implications for global e-commerce.

First up is an analysis of the Duffy v. Google Inc. case, in which the South Australian Supreme Court found Google liable for defaming Dr Duffy by publishing search results and hyperlinks to webpages which suggested Dr Duffy had stalked and harassed a number of online psychics and then failing to remove those links and results when notified. Justine Munsie, a Partner at Addisons provides detailed analysis of the case and its implications. 

Another recent case involving Google is featured: the ruling by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in The Authors Guild v. Google Inc., which concerned the Google Library mass digitisation project. The Second Circuit affirmed that Google’s creation of digital copies of books constitutes fair use under the Copyright Act, because only information about the books and small ‘snippets’ of the text are provided, which therefore serves a transformative purpose.

Analysis of the Court of First Instance in Brussels' decision in a summary proceedings case initiated by the Privacy Commission against Facebook’s US, Irish and Belgian entities concerning Facebook’s use of cookies to track non-registered users is also featured in this month's issue. Maarten Truyens, a Researcher at the University of Antwerp, provides the background to the case, the unanswered questions and what this ruling means for companies dealing with personal data going forward. 

Amongst the other decisions analysed in this edition is the Perkins et al v. LinkedIn Corporation case, in which LinkedIn recently agreed to settle a class action suit, in which it was accused of breaking the law by harvesting email addresses of the external contacts of members.

And much more...

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