Court Denies Kravitz’s Motion to Dismiss PhoneDog’s Amended Claims — PhoneDog v. Kravitz

[Post by Venkat Balasubramani] PhoneDog v. Kravitz, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10561 (N.D. Cal.; Jan. 30, 2012) PhoneDog and Kravitz are fighting over ownership of the Twitter account Kravitz used while he was working for PhoneDog. In an earlier order,…

Judge Can’t Decide if Facebook’s User Agreement is a Browsewrap, But He Enforces It Anyways–Fteja v. Facebook

By Eric Goldman Fteja v. Facebook, Inc.,2012 WL 183896 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 24, 2012). Fteja’s initial “complaint” (filed as an order to show cause). If I could waive a magic wand, I’d retire the phrases “clickwrap” and “browsewrap.” Those terms trace…

Newspaper Isn’t Liable for User Website Comment Per 47 USC 230–Delle v. Worcester T&G

By Eric Goldman Delle v. Worcester Telegram & Gazette Corp., 2011 WL 7090709 (Mass. Super. Ct. Sept. 14, 2011) I previously mentioned this ruling in a recent Quick Link, but I can write up a full post now that I’ve…

Top Internet Law Developments of 2011

By Eric Goldman As usual, I’m running late with my year-end recap. This post begins with my countdown of the top 5 Internet Law developments of 2011, then it lists other interesting developments and cases. It concludes with some of…

Federal Prosecution Over “Threats” on Craigslist – US v. Stock

[Post by Venkat Balasubramani] US v. Stock, Cr. No. 11-182 (W.D. Pa.; Jan. 23, 2012) I blogged about a case before where a defendant was charged under a federal threat statute of posting a threatening video to YouTube. (“Court Finds…

Facebook Boasts/Taunts Undermine the Legal Defense for a Fight at a House Party–In re DLW

By Eric Goldman In the Matter of the Welfare of: D.L.W., Child, 2012 WL 171412 (Minn. App. Ct. Jan. 23, 2012) The opinion indicates the following facts: BP supplied DLW with $200 of dope for resale. Before DLW could move…

Comments on United States vs. Jones: What’s Old is New Again (Guest Blog Post)

By Ethan Ackerman with comments from Eric U.S. v. Jones No. 10–1259 (U.S. Supreme Court; Jan 23, 2012) In 2005 federal agents convinced a judge to issue a warrant so they could affix a cellular-based GPS tracker to the underside…

Comments on the Golan v. Holder Supreme Court Ruling (Guest Blog Post)

By Tyler Ochoa In a decision that favored the 1% (copyright owners) over the 99% (consumers and the public domain), the U.S. Supreme Court recently held that neither the Patent and Copyright Clause of the U.S. Constitution nor the First…

Photobucket Qualifies for the 512(c) Safe Harbor (Again)–Wolk v. Kodak

By Eric Goldman Wolk v. Kodak Imaging Network, Inc., 2012 WL 11270 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 3, 2012). Prior blog post on this case. As I’ve indicated before, blogging 17 USC 512 cases has gotten tedious because they are just TOO LONG….

Connecticut Supreme Court Says no Error in Admission of Facebook Photos at Probation Hearing — State v. Altajir

[Post by Venkat Balasubramani] State v. Altajir, SC 18706 (Conn. Supreme Ct.; Jan. 3, 2012) Altajir was involved in an automobile accident while she was under the influence. One of her passengers died. She was sentenced to five years in…