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California Joins Facebook Investigation, Amazon Accused of “Tying” by Online Merchant, Facebook Pulled Up Over Fake Ads and more.

This is Part II of the IP Privacy and Anti-trust news for the week of 11th November, 2019. Part I is available here. California Joins the Facebook Investigation Cavalcade; Amazon Accused of “Tying” by Online Merchant; Lavazza Dragged to Court by Amazon Reseller; Tik Tok Responds to Allegations of National Security Risk; Facebook Pulled Up Over Fake Ads and more.  California Joins the Facebook Investigation Cavalcade Over the last couple of months, nearly every US state has announced investigations into antitrust or privacy-related matters of Google or Facebook, or both. Conspicuous by its absence from that list was the home of Big Tech...

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Google Acquires Fitbit Amidst Anti-trust Investigation,T-Mobile and Sprint Merger Approved Despite Antitrust Concerns,Facebook Introduces New Corporate Logo and more.

Internet Service Provider Protects Customer Data; Google Acquires Fitbit Amidst Anti-trust Investigation; T-Mobile and Sprint Merger Approved Despite Antitrust Concerns; EC Opens Anti-trust Investigations Against French Retailers; Facebook Introduces New Corporate Logo and more. Internet Service Provider Protects Customer Data Ziggo, an internet service provider, has refused to hand over sensitive information about its customers, to the film company Dutch Filmworks (DFW). DFW is the distributor of the film ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ and in an attempt to prevent any further piracy of its film, had asked Ziggo to handover the named and addresses of 377 people who had illegally downloaded the film. A...

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Google Objects to Sharing Sensitive Data in Antitrust Probe, First Medicine Delivery by Drones in the US, Walmart and Tesla Settle Lawsuit and more.

This is Part II of the IP Privacy and Anti-trust news for the week of 4th November, 2019. Part I is available here. Google Objects to Sharing Sensitive Data in Antitrust Probe; Non-Personal Data Regulation: Recommendations from eCommerce Platforms; First Medicine Delivery by Drones in the US; Walmart and Tesla Settle Lawsuit; WeRide: Corporate Espionage Case and more. Google Objects to Sharing Sensitive Data in Antitrust Probe As part of an ongoing anti-trust investigation into Google's massive digital advertising business in the US, the search giant has been asked to provide sensitive information about its ad operation and data collection policies. Google though, is...

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Facebook Sues Israeli Company for WhatsApp Hack, SVP Sues Juul for 1 Million Contaminated Pods, ACCC Accuses Google of Misleading Users and more.

New Facebook Preventive-Health Tool Vows Strict Privacy Safeguards; Mis-handling of Data Leads to iPhone Update, Users can Now Delete Siri Recordings; Facebook to Pay Fine USD 644k for Role in the Cambridge Analytica Scandal; Facebook Sues Israeli Company for WhatsApp Hack; Dating Sites Under Scrutiny to Comply with Dutch Privacy Laws; Increase in Antitrust Scrutiny has Ramped Up Tech Firm Lobbying; Female UK Politicians Support Meghan Against Press Coverage; Google's Acquisition of Fitbit Requested to be Halted; Zuckerberg Defends Controversial Purchase of Instagram; LADOT's Request for Bike Rider Data Denied by Uber; ACCC Accuses Google of Misleading Users; Apple had...

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CommScope Sues Rosenberger to Protect Trade Secrets, Tencent Lifts NBA Broadcast Ban, California Bans New Fur Products and more.

DPIIT Launches IPR Platform for Startups; CommScope Sues Rosenberger to Protect Trade Secrets; Tencent Lifts NBA Broadcast Ban; California Bans New Fur Products; US Court Finds UPL Guilty of Stealing SmartFresh Trade Secrets; Brydge Sues Kickstarter for Selling iPad Keyboard Clone; Photographer Sues Law Firm for Using Copyrighted Photograph; Judge Allows Part of WTC Infringement Suit to Proceed; Facebook Complies, but Google Resists Delhi HC Orders; Prime Match Reschedule Irks Football Fans and more. DPIIT Launches IPR Platform for Startups The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade's (DPIIT) Cell for Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Promotion and Management (CIPAM)-(DPIIT) in collaboration...

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Blix Sues Apple for Infringement and Antitrust Violations, Tencent Suspends NBA Pre-season Broadcast, Cryptocurrency Class Action, CJEU Rules Against Intermediaries,and more.

BlueMail Maker Sues Apple for Infringement and Antitrust Violations; CCTV, Tencent Suspend NBA Pre-season Broadcast over Freedom Tweet; Premier League Warned of Revenue Drain by Piracy; HC Seeks Govt Views in PIL to Ban Telegram; Twitter Admits to Using Data for Ads; Class Action Against Tether and Bitfinex; CJEU: Facebook May be Ordered to Remove Identical / Equivalent Illegal Content; Twitter and Facebook May Face Fines from Ireland DPC; CMA Finds Fender Guitars Breached Competition Law and more. BlueMail Maker Sues Apple for Infringement and Antitrust Violations Blix Inc. has filed a suit against Apple in a US court in the state...

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Meghan Markle Sues Newspaper, Google Refuses to Pay French Publishers, Tech Giants to Face Another Antitrust Inquiry and more.

Meghan Markle Sues Newspaper; Google Refuses to Pay French Publishers; Telegram Facing PIL to Ban App; FPIs Oppose Localisation Norms for Data Protection; Tech Giants to Face Another Antitrust Inquiry, Comcast Accuses Google; Malaysia Fines Grab for Abuse of Dominance; 'Fake News' Law Goes into Effect in Singapore and more. Meghan Markle Sues Newspaper American actress and now Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle, has initiated legal proceedings against the publisher of the UK daily newspaper the Mail on Sunday and its parent company, DMG Media, after the newspaper published a handwritten letter she had sent to her estranged father. The decision was...

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‘Right to Be Forgotten’ Win for Google, Project Voldemort, Dating Apps at War, and more

IP Privacy and Antitrust News

Start-Up Offers Huge Database of AI-Generated Images, US Copyright Office Denies Registration of Dunhill’s ‘Engine Turn’ Pattern, Patagonia Sues Third-Party Seller for Infringement and Misuse, UK Drug Makers Admit Breaching Anti-Trust Laws, Snap Shares Facebook’s ‘Project Voldemort’ with FTC, Google Wins ‘Right to be Forgotten’ Battle in the EU, Wild Accuses Tinder of Bullying, Facebook Suspends Several Apps for Misusing Data, and more. US Copyright Office Denies Registration of Dunhill’s ‘Engine Turn’ Pattern   The US Copyright Office has refused to grant copyright protection to a fabric pattern created by British men’s wear brand Dunhill, whose application had been previously refused for...

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Court Tosses Claim on Unregistered Copyright, CEOs Demand Federal Privacy Law, Antitrust Probes Against Facebook, Google, Uber, Tencent and Car-Makers, and more

IP Privacy and Antitrust News

IP, Privacy and Antitrust This Week: Audible Files Motion to Dismiss Publishers Suit, Court Rejects Copyright Infringement suit over Gilda Radner Documentary, Tencent Music Shares Fall After Probe into Record Label Ties, Old Antitrust Laws May Hinder Probe into Facebook and Google, DOJ to Probe Automakers’ Emission Deals with California, SC Orders Investigation into Uber Practices, Conservative Party May be Liable for Data Breach, 51 Tech CEOs Demand Federal Data Privacy Law in Open Letter, and more. Audible Files Motion to Dismiss Publishers Suit The Amazon-owned audiobook company, Audible, has filed a motion to dismiss the suit and opposing the application for...

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IP, Privacy and Antitrust This Week: Publishers Sue Audible, Google Ends Mobile Network Insights, Qualcomm to Keep “No License, No Chip” Policy, and more

Publishers Sue Audible over New Speech to Text Feature, Facebook Wins Appeal Against German Anti-Trust Order, Google Ends Mobile Network Insights for Telecom Operators, TikTok Warns Against Predators, CCI Orders Probe into Intel’s Warranty Policies in India, Qualcomm Wins Stay Order to Keep “No License, No Chip” Policy, and more. Publishers Sue Audible over New Speech to Text Feature Major publishers have jointly filed a copyright infringement suit in a New York Court against Amazon’s audio book company, Audible. They claim that Audible’s new Text-to-Speech feature called Audible Captions, is in clear violation of copyright law. The feature uses artificial intelligence...

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