Speakers Announced for “47 U.S.C. § 230: a 15 Year Retrospective” Conference, March 4, SCU

By Eric Goldman On February 8, 1996–just about 15 years ago–President Clinton signed into law the Telecommunications Act of 1996, a lengthy law with significant implications for the entire telecommunications industry. As Justice Stevens wrote in Reno v. ACLU (1997),…

Private Employers and Employee Facebook Gaffes [Revisited]

[Post by Venkat Balasubramani] I posted about a Wall Street Journal article highlighting supposed legal landmines facing private employers who discipline their employees for Facebook gaffes. (“Do Employers Really Tread a Minefield When Firing Employees for Facebook Gaffes?“) I asked…

Another Copyright Owner Sent a Defective Takedown Notice and Faced 512(f) Liability–Rosen v. HSI

By Eric Goldman Rosen v. Hosting Services, Inc., 2010 WL 5630637 (C.D. Cal. Aug. 16, 2010). [This case just showed up for me in Westlaw. It's not a major case but it's worth a brief note even 5 months later]…

Class Action Brought by “Lonely and Vulnerable” Men Against Online Cupid Site Moves Forward — Badella v. Deniro Mktg.

[Post by Venkat Balasubramani with some comments by Eric] Badella v. Deniro Marketing LLC, 10-03908 CRB (N.D. Cal.; Jan 24, 2011) This is a good one. A group of plaintiffs brought a putative class action against an online dating website…

Do Employers Really Tread a Minefield When Firing Employees for Facebook Gaffes?

[Post by Venkat Balasubramani] I’m not sure why, but this Wall Street Journal article (“Can Employers Fire Over Facebook Gaffes?“) screamed out for a comment. Maybe this is just a case of headline puffery, but the idea that there is…

Top 5 Cyberlaw Developments of 2010, Plus a 2010 Year-in-Review

By Eric Goldman Earlier this Fall, I posted my top 8 trends in Internet law, and that’s a good place to start if you want to see how I think things are developing. Because of that post, this year I’m…

Nursing School Can’t Expel Students for Posting Photo to Facebook–Byrnes v. Johnson County CC

By Eric Goldman Byrnes v. Johnson County Community College, 2011 WL 166715 (D. Kan. Jan. 19, 2011). The complaint. You’ve probably already heard about this case. Four nursing students posted photos of a patient’s placenta to Facebook, and the school…

Ad Networks Ordered to Drop Allegedly Infringing Site–Elsevier v. eNom

By Eric Goldman Elsevier Ltd v. Whois Privacy Protection Service, Inc., 1:11-cv-10026-RGS (D. Mass. injunction dated Jan. 14, 2011). See the TRO from Jan. 6 and the complaint. On the surface, this seems like a run-of-the-mill copyright enforcement. The plaintiffs…

Second Life Gets Out of Dispute Between Virtual Bunnies & Virtual Horses

By Eric Goldman Amaretto Ranch Breedables v. Ozimals, 3:10-cv-05696-CRB (N.D. Cal.). The Justia page. The case library: * Linden Lab’s opposition to the preliminary injunction * Ozimals’ non-opposition to the preliminary injunction * Amaretto’s preliminary injunction motion * The preliminary…

Ex-Employees Awarded $4,000 for Email Snooping by Employer — Pure Power Boot Camp v. Warrior Fitness Boot Camp

[Post by Venkat Balasubramani] Pure Power Boot Camp, Inc. v. Warrior Fitness Boot Camp, LLC, 08-civ-4810 (S.D.N.Y.; Dec. 22, 2010) Email snooping and computer fraud statutes (Stored Communications Act; Computer Fraud and Abuse Act) are starting to play a starring…