Be Careful What You Retweet: News Outlets Sued for Copyright Infringement via Embedded Tweets

When Justin Goldman took a photo of Tom Brady and posted it to Snapchat, he probably had no idea that it would go viral and have an extensive impact on social media and publishing. But, that’s exactly what it did. Now, a judge in the Southern District of New York has ruled that embedding an image without the owner’s permission can constitute copyright infringement. Read about the decision and its impact on social media, here.

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Disney Hauled into Court over Zootopia (Again)

If at first you don’t succeed… try again. Gary Goldman, a screenwriter and owner of Esplanade Productions Inc., is suing Disney for the second time over their hit animated film, “Zootopia.” After unsuccessful claims of copyright infringement were dismissed in federal court last March, Esplanade Productions is now suing on the basis of breach of implied contract. Read about the developments here.

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Uggs Creators Sue Walmart for Selling Fake Merchandise

Walmart is getting no love from Uggs’ creator Deckers Outdoor Corp., and rightfully so. On Wednesday, February 14th, Deckers sued Walmart Inc. and Reliable Knitting Works in California federal court, alleging that Walmart infringed the Uggs trademark and patent by selling counterfeit versions of one of their popular boots. This isn’t the first time, either. Read about it here.

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Facebook Patents Algorithm to Determine Socioeconomic Status

Facebook users should be more aware of what streams down their timeline and information they enter into their profiles. A new patent from the social media giant describes a system that would use data points it collects on the user to predict their socioeconomic status. Data points include education, travel history, the number of devices owned, and homeownership. Read about how it works, here.

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In Silicon Valley, Former Employee Took “Way-Mo” Than Work Skills: Waymo v. Uber

On Monday, February 5th, oral arguments will begin for one of the most anticipated technology cases of the year. The Honorable William Alsup will preside over Waymo v. Uber. If you haven’t heard of this case, here is what you need to know. Read about it here.

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RedBox Sues Disney in Response to Copyright Infringement Claims

It looks like the Empire isn’t the only thing that strikes back. RedBox is counter-suing Disney after Disney hauled the kiosk company into court over resale of Disney movies. RedBox says they aren’t doing anything wrong, though. Read about it here.

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