Samsung Faces Potential EU Antitrust Wrath For Failure To License Mobile Patents

A new wrinkle was just added to the ever expanding Apple-Samsung IP litigation drama. The European Commission has opened a formal investigation to determine whether the Korean firm breached EU antitrust rules. Did Samsung break its promise to Europe? At issue is whether "Samsung Electronics has abusively, and in contravention of a commitment it gave to the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), used certain of its standard essential patent rights to distort competition in European mobile device markets . . ." In 1998 Samsung made a commitment to European regulators to licens [...]

Twitter Now Able To Censor Tweets, If Required By Law, On A Country-By-Country Basis

globe-flags-censored-featured Until now, Twitter's not had the ability to censor certain tweets or accounts, to prevent them from being seen -- if legally required -- by users in particular countries. That's now changed, though Twitter stresses that it hasn't yet used this new ability and that should it have to, anything withheld will be disclosed. Twitter has shared the news on its blog, saying: As we continue to grow internationally, we will enter countries that have different ideas about the contours of freedom of expression. Some differ so much from our ideas that we will not be able to exist there. Others are simi [...]

Google Outspends Microsoft In DC Lobbying In 2011

dollar-bill-congress-featured According to a report in CNET, based on public filings with the US Senate Office of Public Records, Google spending on federal lobbying exceeded that of rival Microsoft in 2011. Google reportedly spent $9.7 million to Microsoft's $7.3 million in 2011. Some decry the increase in Google lobbying as hypocrisy because lobbying is inherently "evil" and Google pledged to "do no evil." In the scheme of things Google's $9.7 is still relatively modest. The top lobbying spender in 2011 was the truly evil US Chamber of Commerce at $46 million. Google isn't in the top 20. Here's the top 20 lobbying [...]

Stunned By SOPA Backlash, Senate Leader Cancels PIPA Vote

Congress and the Hollywood/media lobby was taken aback by this week's massive anti-SOPA protest. In light of that, and reconsideration by several of the bill's sponsors and high profile supporters in Congress, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has canceled a vote on SOPA-companion measure PROTECT I.P. Act or "PIPA." Here's the text of Reid's statement, released about an hour ago: “In light of recent events, I have decided to postpone Tuesday’s vote on the PROTECT I.P. Act. “There is no reason that the legitimate issues raised by many about this bill cannot be resolved. Counterfeit [...]

SOPA Stats: 7 Million Petitions, 3.9 Million Tweets & Google Crawling Dropped 60%

sopa-pipa-minecraft By all accounts, yesterday was a big and important day for the tech and online marketing industries. Hundreds of websites protested the SOPA & PIPA bills that are currently moving through the U.S. Congress by either going completely dark for the day or -- as we did here on Marketing Land and our sister site, Search Engine Land -- blackening a portion of our site and adding anti-SOPA/PIPA messaging to their home pages. Did it work? Well, the two bills are not dead, but they're certainly damaged. By Wednesday night, the Washington Post says that at least four co-sponsors dropped support o [...]

Why The Web Is Going Dark Over SOPA & PIPA

SOPA-Icon Major web sites have gone dark to protest the anti-piracy bills in the US Congress known as SOPA and PIPA. Internet companies fear they potentially could "break" the internet by giving out powers to broadly to ban or censor web sites. Status Of The Bills SOPA -- the Stop Online Piracy Act -- is the bill in the House of Representatives. It received much attention and debate in December. It's planned to be reworked in February, and it seems unlikely to come up for a vote in the way that it was. PIPA -- the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Pr [...]

#BlackoutSOPA: A Look At The Social Media Movement That Helped Stall The SOPA Legislation

SOPA-Icon Over the past month, SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act (H.R. 3261,) has been the hottest, most controversial news topics.  The proposed legislation required the take-down of infringed content from ISPs, search engines and webmasters.  The good news is, SOPA has been shelved ... for now. The outpouring of anti-SOPA support has been overwhelming, and may have influenced the White House's decision to not support the legislation in it's current form.  An outpouring of support on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and from webmasters made the anti-SOPA stance a popular one.  While the original SO [...]

SOPA Issues To Be Discussed At Upcoming House Hearing

US Congress photo Members of the U.S. House of Representatives will conduct a hearing later this month to discuss the issues that the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) (and similar legislation) is trying to address. Rep. Darrell Issa of California, Chairman of the House's Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, announced the hearing today. On January 18th, the full committee will "…examine the potential impact of Domain Name Service (DNS) and search engine blocking on American cyber-security, jobs and the Internet community. In light of policy proposals affecting the way taxpayers acces [...]

What All Marketers Need To Know About SOPA – The Stop Online Piracy Act

us-congress SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act H.R. 3261) is proposed legislation before the U.S. House of Representatives that would require search engines, advertisers, ISPs and other key internet players to police content and take active moves to take down allegedly infringing content. It's a very broad bill, with many problematic aspects for online marketers. If SOPA (and/or its counterpart in the Senate, the Protect IP Act - PIPA) are signed into law, the implications for marketers are significant. Here's a Q&A covering the most important aspects of the bill that all marketers both need to know [...]

The Big List Of SOPA Links

SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act H.R. 3261) is proposed legislation before the U.S. House of Representatives that would require search engines, advertisers, ISPs and other key internet players to police content and take active moves to take down allegedly infringing content. Want to know more about why SOPA is a big deal for marketers? Check out our What All Marketers Need To Know About SOPA – The Stop Online Piracy Act. Meanwhile, here's a list of links for more information, categorized by topic. Legislation (Summary and Full Text) H.R. 3261: Stop Online Privacy Act S. 9 [...]

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