Posts Tagged ‘ Legal: Copyright ’

New EU copyright rules: basic fairness or punitive media subsidy?

Posted on: September 20, 2016 by in SEO
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Years ago the internet effectively destroyed the once mighty business model of newspapers. It has also put considerable pressure on other traditional media and entertainment, which often argue their work is being pirated and distributed online without fair compensation. There can be little dispute that journalism is critical to democratic societies. However the question is what do about the business models of legacy media organizations. The recently proposed EU copyright directive has one Continue Reading ...

European court says linking to illegal content is copyright infringement

Posted on: September 9, 2016 by in SEO
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In a decision that is already controversial, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled in favor of copyright owners and against hyperlinks. The CJEU decision, though qualified, raises the strong possibility that publishers linking to infringing third party sites will also be liable for infringement. Critics charge the CJEU decision amounts to judicial lawmaking and is an attack on the free flow of information online, contrary to the way the internet has operated to date. It Continue Reading ...

FTC sues 1-800 Contacts over reciprocal, “anti-competitive” PPC bidding agreements

Posted on: August 9, 2016 by in SEO
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The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has sued 1-800 Contacts for allegedly pursuing “anticompetitive agreements with rival online contact lens sellers that suppress competition in certain online search advertising auctions.” According to the FTC: 1-800 Contacts entered into bidding agreements with at least 14 competing online contact lens retailers that eliminate competition in auctions to place advertisements on the search results page generated by online search engines such as Google Continue Reading ...