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Technology groups submit an emergency application to the Supreme Court to block Texas social media law HB 20

May 16, 2022

On May 11, 2022, the Fifth Circuit reinstated Texas state law HB 20 which allows private parties to sue tech platforms with 50M+ MAUs for their censorship of user-generated content based on “the viewpoint of a user or another person”. On May 13, technology lobbying groups NetChoice and the Computer...

Technology groups submit an emergency application to the Supreme Court to block Texas social media law HB 20

May 16, 2022

On May 11, 2022, the Fifth Circuit reinstated Texas state law HB 20 which allows private parties to sue tech platforms with 50M+ MAUs for their censorship of user-generated content based on “the viewpoint of a user or another person”. On May 13, technology lobbying groups NetChoice and the Computer...

European Parliament and EU Member States have agreed on a final draft of the Digital Services Act

April 23, 2022

On April 23, the European Parliament and EU Member States agreed on a final draft of the Digital Services Act (“DSA”), proposed by the European Commission in December 2020. Building on the eCommerce Directive from 2000, the DSA overhauls how EU law will treat intermediary liability for online...

Delhi high court rejects Snapdeal's injunction against domain names with its trademark

April 20, 2022

On April 18, 2022, the Delhi High Court held that Domain Name Registrars are intermediaries under sec. 2(1)(w) of India’s 2000 Information Technology Act. Justice C. Hari Shankar rejected the injunction filed by Snapdeal which challenged Domain Name Registrars for using its trademark in domain names...

Directive 2019/790/EU on Copyright and Related Rights in the Digital Single Market and Amending Directives 96/9/EC and 2001/29/EC

April 17, 2022

The European Parliament passed the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive on April 17, 2019. One of its most controversial provisions is Article 17 (formerly Article 13), which requires online content-sharing service providers to obtain authorization (e.g., a license) from rightsholders to...

EFF and Media Defence submit an amicus brief to the European Court of Human Rights asking for no intermediary liability for social media users

April 8, 2022

A French mayor, Julien Sanchez, is seeking review of the Sanchez v. France decision in the European Court of Human Rights’ Grand Chamber which extended online intermediary liability rules to social media users. Last year, its lower chamber found that there was no violation of freedom of expression...