It's Not Possible To Steal Facebook 'Likes'--Mattocks v. BET

In 2008, Plaintiff Stacey Mattocks developed an (initially unofficial) Facebook page focusing on “The Game,” a television series initially aired on CW and later acquired by BET. In 2010, BET contacted Mattocks and hired her as a part-time worker, paying…

Primer on European Union's Right To Be Forgotten (Excerpt from My Internet Law Casebook) + Bonus Linkwrap

I haven’t yet written about the ECJ Right to Be Forgotten ruling directly, though I’ve already referenced it on the blog a few times. The ruling itself came out during a business trip when I was tied up, so I…

New Copyright Office Compendium Discussion About Designating Sec. 512 Agents

The Copyright Office has released a pretty nifty document called the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition. The second edition was written 30 years ago, so it’s about time we got a new edition! I thought the document…

What's a Browsewrap? The Ninth Circuit Sure Doesn't Know--Nguyen v. Barnes & Noble

This is a lawsuit over Barnes & Noble’s alleged failure to honor its closeout advertisements for Hewlett-Packard Touchpads. (Coverage of the district court ruling here: “Barnes & Noble’s Online Contract Formation Process Fails–Nguyen v. Barnes & Noble.” Plaintiff (Nguyen) placed an…

Announcing the Second Edition of "Advertising & Marketing Law: Cases and Materials" by Tushnet & Goldman

Rebecca Tushnet and I are pleased to announce the release of Advertising & Marketing Law: Cases and Materials, second edition (2014). It’s available at Gumroad as a $11.50 DRM-free download (PDF version / epub mobile device version) and other outlets….

Copying Blogger's Posts In Disciplinary Proceeding Is Fair Use--Denison v. Larkin

The plaintiff, JoAnne M. Denison, is an Illinois attorney and operated a blog, MaryGSykes.com. Denison blogged about a guardianship case she believed was marred by corruption. The Illinois attorney disciplinary board alleged that she made false statements on her blog…

Fictional Software Brand In 'Dark Knight Rises' Movie Doesn't Infringe Real-Life Software Brand--Fortres Grand v. Warner Bros.

This case involves a key plot device, called “Clean Slate” software, from the movie Dark Knight Rises, part of the umpteenth attempt to reboot the Batman franchise. The fictional software provides an uber right-to-be-forgotten; it “enables an individual to erase…

Fair Use Likely Protects Discussion of Blog Post and Comments

This is a lawsuit between pro se parties. As the court notes, the feud between the parties largely took place online, but eventually “found its way into federal court”. Plaintiff is the publisher the “Hogewash!” blog. Defendant is a “retired…

Brazil's Internet Bill of Rights Compared to Section 230 (Excerpt from My Internet Law Casebook)

I recently announced the release of my 2014 Internet Law casebook. For this year’s edition, I added a module exploring comparative intermediary liability, explaining how Section 230 differs from some other intermediary regulatory schemes adopted around the globe. Below, I’ve…

Fining Customers For Negative Online Reviews Isn't New...Or Smart (Forbes Cross-Post)

Last week, we learned that a New York hotel, the Union Street Guest House, was fining guests $500 for posting negative online reviews. The story received considerable media attention because the restriction violates our social norms and is almost certainly…