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Friday Factoid: Judge Rules Dentist Abused Copyright Laws to Censor Yelp Reviews

A federal judge held that a New York dentist misused copyright laws to prevent patients from submitting negative reviews of her practice on Yelp (the online review website). The dentist required patients to sign a contract that assigned to her the copyright in any online reviews of her practice, and then threatened to sue former patients who posted a negative review of her practice. Several former patients then filed a class action suit to declare these copyright enforcement efforts to be unlawful. Sources: Forbes;  Complaint Jon Wachs websiteIf you have any questions regarding the content of this communication, please contact Jonathan R. Wachs: | 301.575.0302. If you would like to subscribe to receive Friday Factoids® in your inbox click here.