Munger, Tolles & Olson partner Jonathan H. Blavin has authored an article for the American Bar Association’s Landslide magazine, which is dedicated to the discussion of intellectual property issues. The article, titled “Friends or Frenemies? The Increasingly Important Legal Battle over Social Data Extraction Tools,” is the cover story for the May/June 2012 Issue.
With the arrival of new social networking sites, users increasingly have looked for tools to help extract and export social data from one site to another. Mr. Blavin's article provides an overview of the legality of such tools under various common law and statutory theories, including trespass to chattels, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the CAN-SPAM Act and others. He also explores the legality of social networking sites' technological disabling of these extraction tools. Mr. Blavin will be participating in an ABA teleconference/webinar regarding the article on June 19.
Mr. Blavin is a partner in the San Francisco office of Munger Tolles. He has substantial experience in high-technology intellectual property disputes, including claims brought under the Copyright and Digital Millennium Copyright Acts, the Lanham Act and state trademark statutes and trade secret laws. Mr. Blavin also has significant experience in Internet and privacy-related litigation involving the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
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