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Hogan Lovells Global Payments Newsletter l March 2015

Hogan Lovells has recently published the March edition of its Global Payments Newsletter with the latest updates on payment technology and policy developments from around the world. Notable items in the March edition include:

  1. Google’s announcement of the Android Pay mobile payments system, to allow integration of mobile payments into apps;
  2. Orange and Ecobank’s partnership in Africa allowing customers to
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Posted in Advertising, Internet Pauline FaronChristine Gateau

AdWords: Paris Court of Appeal confirms Google is a mere provider of hosting services

In a recent decision dated 11 December 2013, the Paris Court of Appeal confirmed that Google is a mere provider of hosting services within the meaning of the e-commerce directive and can hence benefit from the limited liability regime associated with this status.

This case involved a French actor who sued a press editor in 2008, Prisma Presse, as well … Continue Reading

Posted in Copyright, Policy & Regulation Dori Ann HanswirthNathaniel Boyer

US: Google Books is “fair use” of 20+ million copyrighted works; class action dismissed

On Thursday, a New York-based federal judge (Chin, J.) ruled that Google Books, a repository of over 20 million books available to be text-searched by any internet user for free, is a non-actionable “fair use.”  The Authors Guild, Inc. v. Google, Inc., No. 1:05-cv-08136-DC, ___ F. Supp. 2d. ___ (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 14, 2013).  Reasoning that Google Books uses “words … Continue Reading

Posted in Internet

French Supreme Court: Google did not abuse dominant position

On 16 April 2013, the French Supreme Court upheld the Paris Court of Appeals decision of 16 November 2011, thus confirming that Google did not abuse its dominant position.

E-Kanopi is a French company that runs a search engine as well as thematic sites providing information on various topics: weather, companies’ financial data, phone listings and pensions. E-Kanopi subscribed to … Continue Reading

Posted in Data Protection & Privacy, Internet Marco Berliri

Italy: Court of Milan overturns 2010 convictions of Google executives over bullying video

In a decision receiving considerable international attention since three senior Google executives were convicted by a Milan trial court for privacy violations in 2010 associated with the uploading of a video to a Google Video (a Google YouTube predecessor), the Court of Appeals of Milan on 21 December 2012 ruled that “no crime has been committed” and exonerated the three … Continue Reading

Posted in Advertising, Internet Christine GateauPauline Faron

The French Supreme Court Confirms the Use of a Competitor’s Trademark as Keyword

In a recent decision dated 29 January 2013 (http://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichJuriJudi.do?oldAction=rechJuriJudi&idTexte=JURITEXT000027024140&fastReqId=405377599&fastPos=1), the French Supreme Court reaffirmed its position regarding Google’s paid referencing service, AdWords.

This particular case involved two competitors, Cobrason and Solutions, which both sell video and hi-fi products online. Cobrason noticed that when an Internet-user types “Cobrason” on the website www.google.fr, a commercial link concerning its competitor, Solutions, … Continue Reading