2H 2016 Quick Links, Part 9 (Privacy/Security)

* California AB 691: “Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act.” The key part is the new Probate Code Sec. 873(a): A user may use an online tool to direct the custodian to disclose to a designated recipient or…

2H 2016 Quick Links, Part 8 (Fake News, Terrorist Content, Censorship & More)

Fake News/The Presidential Election * NY Times: Facebook Is Said to Question Its Influence in Election * Slate: The Real Problem Behind the Fake News * Vox: Facebook exec: “We resisted having standards” on fake news. “That was wrong.” *…

2H 2016 Quick Links, Part 7 (Consumer Reviews & Defamation)

Consumer Reviews * Eugene Volokh and Paul Levy: Dozens of suspicious court cases, with missing defendants, aim at getting web pages taken down or deindexed. See also Ross Todd, Attorneys Accused of Filing Bogus Suits in Alleged Scheme to Stamp…

Does Google’s Non-Disclosure Agreement With Employees Overreach? (Guest Blog Post)

Guest Post by Sharon K. Sandeen In the lead-up to this year’s Presidential election, there was a lot of chatter about the next “bomb-shell” bit of information that might be revealed about Donald Trump, particularly after his now-infamous pussy-grabbing comments….

Freelance Blogger Denied Unemployment Insurance–In re Mitchell

This case involves author Greg Mitchell. The Nation retained Mitchell as a freelance blogger in 2010. He was expected to blog on a daily/near-daily basis in exchange for $46,800/year paid monthly. He would be separately compensated for any pieces the…

Ten Worst Section 230 Rulings of 2016 (Plus the Five Best)

2016 was a tough year in many respects (check out the #Fuck2016 hashtag), including a swarm of adverse Section 230 rulings. Even in paradigms where the immunity still functions reasonably well, such as user comments on message boards or online…

2H 2016 Quick Links, Part 6 (Section 230)

* Smith v. Alphabet Inc., 2016 WL 3660725 (S.D. Ala. May 23, 2016): “plaintiff’s citation to (and discussion of) § 230 of the CDA in no manner advances his arguments against the corporate defendants inasmuch as it is clear that…

2H 2016 Quick Links, Part 5 (Patents, Other IP, Employment, CFAA)

Patents * Tim Holbrook on how slow FDA procedures contribute to de facto monopolies for off-patent drugs/devices * Washington Post: Patent lawsuits swell and watchdog says the government is to blame * Washington Post: Patent office workers bilked the government…