Kentucky Court Votes Keyword Ads = TM Use in Commerce–TDI v. Golf Preservations

By Eric Goldman T.D.I. International, Inc. v. Golf Preservations, Inc., 2008 WL 294531 (E.D. Ky. Jan. 31, 2008) In a thinly reasoned opinion with meager facts, a Kentucky federal court meekly voted that keyword advertising is a trademark use in…

State of the Net Conference Recap

By Eric Goldman Today I attended the State of the Net conference, sponsored by the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee. This event has become the “go-to” event for Internet policy wonks. Well over 300 people attended, including many well-known folks….

ABA IP Section Quietly Considering Anti-Consumer Proposals to Regulate Keyword Advertising

By Corynne McSherry and Eric Goldman [Eric's note: this is a bit of an unusual post for this blog, as it is being simultaneously posted both here and on the EFF Deep Links site] The tussle over keyword advertising has…

Wikipedia Revisited: the Wikipedia Community’s Xenophobia

By Eric Goldman Regular blog readers know that I have mixed emotions about Wikipedia. On the plus side: * Wikipedia is a terrific and fascinating resource that I use multiple times a day (Wikipedia remains the #2 visited site in…

Who Owns “CyberLaw”(TM)? Eric Menhart, a DC IP Attorney, Thinks He Does

By Eric Goldman Every now and then, we see comical efforts to claim trademark rights in common Internet-related terms. You might recall that the word “Internet” itself was once a trademark (see a list of registrants dated 1994); the term…

Contract Formed Even If Customer Never Received It–Schwartz v. Comcast

By Eric Goldman Schwartz v. Comcast Corp., 2007 WL 4212693 (3d Cir. Nov. 30, 2007) This case just crossed my desk, and I’m surprised it hasn’t gotten more attention. (Declan at News.com wrote about it with a misdirected headline, and…

Web 2.0 Marketing and the Law

By Eric Goldman Today I participated in the Pike & Fischer teleconference on Web 2.0 legal issues (” Best Practices for Businesses Exploring…Exploiting…and Expanding in Web 2.0″). Among other things, I was asked, in 8 minutes or less, to provide…

Top Cyberlaw Developments of 2007

By Eric Goldman I have posted my annual Cyberlaw recap, enumerating the top 10 Cyberlaw developments from 2007, at InformIT. You’ll have to read the whole thing to find out my votes for the biggest developments from last year (can…

1-800 Contacts Sues LensWorld for Keyword Advertising

By Eric Goldman 1-800 Contacts, Inc. v. LensWorld.com, Inc., 2:08-cv-00015-SA (D. Utah complaint filed Jan. 8, 2008) My my, look who’s decided to go back into court! It’s none other than 1-800 Contacts, the online retailer with a lousy trademark…

Road Show Spring 2008

Some of the places I’ll be this semester. As always, please let me know if I should plan to see you there! January Jan. 15: Best Practices for Businesses Exploring…Exploiting…and Expanding in Web 2.0, Pike & Fischer teleconference Jan. 26:…