Gomes on Search Engine Spam

Lee Gomes points out that self-service ad programs like AdSense fund the creation of junky low-value websites that constitute a new form of search engine spam. He hits the nail perfectly when he says: “a kind of schizophrenia exists at…

New Search Engine Keyword Lawsuit–Panicware v. Stopzilla

Panicware v. International Software Systems Solutions (SDNY complaint filed April 27, 2005). Panicware is suing a competitor Stopzilla for purchasing ads triggered by the keyword “POP-UP STOPPER,” which purportedly diverts Panicware’s customers. As the press release says, “There is no…

Calboli on Trademark Assignment in Gross

My colleague Irene Calboli has written a paper on trademark assignment in gross entitled Trademark Assignment With Goodwill: A Concept Whose Time Has Gone, scheduled to be published in the Florida Law Review later this year. She thoroughly recounts the…

Marquette Joins BSA’s DefineTheLine.com Initiative

Marquette’s Announcement Marquette sent out the following announcement yesterday: “Marquette is participating in the launch of “Define the Line,” a national program aimed at discouraging illegal sharing and downloading of software. The program calls upon students, faculty and staff to…

Happy Mother’s Day from Your Loving Son (and Your Friendly FTC Bureaucrat)

Nothing tells your mom that you love her like an e-card with soft piano music, floating butterflies, pretty wildflowers…and some consumer protection tips from the FTC. Thanks to the Washington Post for the pointer. Category: Product #: Regular price:$ (Sale…

Download.com Becomes Adware Bundle-Free Zone

Download.com has declared itself adware bundle-free—all downloads from Download.com will be certified not to be bundled with adware. Personally, I think this step goes a little far. Many of the software programs offered on Download.com are shareware or freeware, so…

ICANN’s Domain Name Tax on .Jobs and .Travel

I missed this before—perhaps I wasn’t the only one. ICANN has repeatedly attempted to impose a “tax” on domain names. This was first proposed back in 1999 and again at the end of 2004. Now, at the end of March,…

Widmaier on Internet Trademark Law

Uli Widmaier of Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP has written an important new article, Use, Liability, and the Structure of Trademark Law, 33 Hofstra L. Rev. 603 (2004). The article makes a persuasive argument why keyword triggering should…