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Ticketmaster’s Cruel Summer – the potential implications of a DOJ lawsuit against the ticketing platform and why concert fans may not be out of the woods yet.

Ticketmaster’s Cruel Summer – the potential implications of a DOJ lawsuit against the ticketing platform and why concert fans may not be out of the woods yet.

May 16, 2024

Ticketmaster’s Cruel Summer – the potential implications of a DOJ lawsuit against the ticketing platform and why concert fans may not be out of the woods yet.

By: Abbey Block

It looks like it could be a “cruel summer” for the country’s largest concert promoter, Live Nation Entertainment and its subsidiary ticketing platform, Ticketmaster. In early April, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Department of Justice was preparing to file a lawsuit against the promoter, alleging that the company used its monopoly over the industry to prevent competition, harming consumers in the process. Indeed it is hard to deny that Live Nation and Ticketmaster dominate the live event ticketing industry given that they control about 70 percent of the market for ticketing and live events. The lawsuit comes on the heels of an investigation by the Department of Justice into Ticketmaster and its parent company, Live Nation Entertainment. The…

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The FTC Kills Noncompetes

April 30, 2024

The FTC Kills Noncompetes

By: George Calhoun

In a groundbreaking move that will reshape the workplace and many litigation practices nationwide, the FTC has issued a final rule that effectively bans all employee non-compete clauses.  Approximately 30 million Americans currently work under a non-compete clause.  All but a few applicable to senior executives will be void upon the effective date of the rule. After the rule is effective, no new non-compete clauses…

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Ad-Tech Europe: The Moving Target Marking Targeted Advertising

April 26, 2024

Ad-Tech Europe: The Moving Target Marking Targeted Advertising

By: Nicole Kardell

The European Data Protection Board (“EDPB”) recently published an opinion on the legality of pay-or-consent models for online platforms offering services in Europe.  While the opinion is non-binding and limited to “large online platforms[1],” companies that offer platforms large and small in Europe should pay attention to the EDPB’s analysis—it will inform their future guidance for entities large and small. The upshot: Pay-or-consent models [for…

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Ding Dong – The Police Want Access to Your Doorbell Footage. Can They Get It?

February 16, 2024

Ding Dong – The Police Want Access to Your Doorbell Footage. Can They Get It?

By: Abbey Block

The popular electronic doorbell company, Ring, recently announced a change to its policy of sharing doorbell footage with law enforcement agencies. In a blog post, the company, which is owned by Amazon, revealed it will sunset the “Request for Assistance” tool, which allowed law enforcement agencies to request and access users’ doorbell footage through Ring’s “Neighbors” App. Ring’s electronic doorbells are utilized by an estimated…

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2024, AI, and the Harnessing of the Wild West

January 10, 2024

2024, AI, and the Harnessing of the Wild West

By: Nicole Kardell

We are writing a lot about artificial intelligence these days… but then there is a lot to say on the topic.  AI is making headlines in terms of legal battles and legislative developments.  At the end of 2023, the New York Times filed suit against Microsoft and OpenAI for copyright infringement based upon alleged unauthorized use of their copyrighted works to build the popular ChatGPT. …

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Navigating the AI Regulatory Landscape: Comparing Biden’s Executive Order and the EU’s Artificial Intelligence Act

January 2, 2024

Navigating the AI Regulatory Landscape: Comparing Biden’s Executive Order and the EU’s Artificial Intelligence Act

By: Abbey Block

The regulation of artificial intelligence (“AI”) is a popular topic of discussion. Politicians, activists and even AI developers have weighed in to urge the Government to take steps to create guardrails for the technology’s development and use. Yet, until recently, governments and regulators have been slow to take action and pass concrete legislation – leaving the regulation of the industry largely to the private sector’s…

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How Does AI Use the Data You Give it?

December 20, 2023

How Does AI Use the Data You Give it?

By: Jake Gray

The development and public offering of generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) models has led to the introduction of many work-complementing and work-supplementing tools that offer individuals and organizations the ability to streamline or expand their workflows. Generative AIs are algorithms, specifically large language models (LLMs), trained on massive amounts of input data to generate their own original text or image outputs by predicting the next most…

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Ad Tech in Europe: What Does the Future Hold?

December 4, 2023

Ad Tech in Europe: What Does the Future Hold?

By: Nicole Kardell

If you are subject to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation and you engage in behavioral advertising, you may want to rethink your business model. A recent decision from the European Data Protection Board (which oversees application and enforcement of the GDPR across the EU) and related statements from regulators from several European member states have cast a shadow over the future of personalized ads…

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