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COPPA Rule Amendments are in Effect as of July 1, 2013 07/11/2013

Posted by Morse, Barnes-Brown Pendleton in Intellectual Property, Legal Developments, Licensing & Strategic Alliances.
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IP Licensing and Trademark Attorney Faith KasparianBy: Faith Kasparian

On July 1, 2013, the amendments to the regulations that implement the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) went into effect.

The COPPA Rule imposes requirements on operators of websites or online services (including apps) that are directed to children under the age of 13 or that have actual knowledge that they are collecting personal information online from a child under the age of 13. Among other COPPA Rule requirements, operators must provide notice to parents and obtain verifiable parental consent before collecting, using, or disclosing personal information from children under the age of 13. The amendments constitute the first major changes to the COPPA Rule since the Rule went into effect in 2000.

There are five important changes reflected in the COPPA amendments:

  1. Expanded Definitions
  2. Modification to Notice to Parents and COPPA Privacy Policy
  3. Additional Methods for Obtaining Parental Consent
  4. Heightened Responsibilities on Operators
  5. Increased Oversight of Safe Harbor Programs

To learn more about these changes, please see the full article here.

For further information on the COPPA Rule Amendments, please contact Faith Kasparian or Mike Cavaretta.

Developing an app? Make sure you own it! 02/20/2013

Posted by Morse, Barnes-Brown Pendleton in Games & Interactive Entertainment, Intellectual Property, Licensing & Strategic Alliances.
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MBBP Attorney Mike CavarettaOn February 11th, Adobe published an article “Developing an app? Make sure you own it!” written by MBBP Licensing, Technology and IP Attorney Michael Cavaretta. Mike advises readers on precautions app developers should take in order to ensure their ownership rights are protected.

To read the full article, please visit the Adobe Developer Connection.

For more information on developing an app, feel free to contact Mike.

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