SOPA/PROTECT-IP/OPEN Linkwrap #2

By Eric Goldman It’s been a busy time for news related to SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act, not the Stop Online Privacy Act, although that could be an unintended result!), PROTECT-IP/PIPA, and the OPEN Act. In a bit, I’ll…

Nov.-Dec. 2011 Quick Links, Part 3

By Eric Goldman Marketing and Advertising * Facebook is putting Sponsored Stories in user newsfeeds. Naturally, they will make the ad label almost invisible. Yet another reason to hate Facebook, and what a desperate act of financial overreaching to goose…

Keyword Advertiser Mostly Defeats Trademark Lawsuit–Scooter Store v. SpinLife

By Eric Goldman Scooter Store, Inc. v. SpinLife.com, LLC, 2011 WL 6415516 (S.D. Ohio Dec. 21, 2011). The Justia page. This is a spirited litigation between two retailers of wheelchairs, motorized scooters and related items. Maybe that retailing sector is…

Nov.-Dec. 2011 Quick Links, Part 2 (Extended IP Edition)

By Eric Goldman Copyright * Costco v. Omega (E.D. Cal. Nov. 9, 2011). On remand after the disappointing non-result from the Supreme Court in this case, the district court gives Costco a decisive win, holding that Omega engaged in copyright…

I’m Not a Fan of this Craptastic Trademark Lawsuit–Fancaster v. Comcast

By Eric Goldman Fancaster, Inc. v. Comcast Corp., 2011 WL 6426292 (D.N.J. Dec. 22, 2011). We’ve seen some pathetic trademark lawsuits this year (SUE MOAR KALE, anyone?), but I’ll nominate this long-running litigation money-sink (going over 3.5 years) as the…

Nov.-Dec. 2011 Quick Links, Part 1

By Eric Goldman 47 USC 230 * Wang v. OCZ Technology Group, Inc., 2011 WL 4903190 (N.D. Cal. Oct. 14, 2011). In a false advertising suit, the plaintiff argued that the defendant quoted/linked to third party testimonials on the defendant’s…

UGC Website Hit With Spoliation Sanctions–Io v. GLBT

By Eric Goldman [This is one of those blog posts that got stuck in queue. It's still pretty interesting, so I'm sharing at this relatively late date. Happy new year!] Io Group Inc. v. GLBT Ltd., 2011 WL 4974337 (N.D….