Will A 'Cast Of Thousands' Become A 'Cast Of Thousands...Of Plaintiffs'? A Preview of Garcia v. Google (Forbes Cross-Post)

Will A ‘Cast Of Thousands’ Become A ‘Cast Of Thousands…Of Plaintiffs’? A Preview of Garcia v. Google (Forbes Cross-Post)

[Note: I wrote the following post on Monday before the oral arguments. I haven’t had a chance to view Monday’s oral arguments, but from the news reports and Twitter feeds, it sounds like Kozinski and McKeown will be squaring off….

eBay Isn't Liable for Selling Recalled Merchandise--Hinton v. Amazon

eBay Isn’t Liable for Selling Recalled Merchandise–Hinton v. Amazon

Due to Section 230, eBay generally isn’t liable when its merchants sell problematic goods. I believe the earliest ruling establishing this proposition is Stoner v. eBay, a 2000 case over bootleg recordings. More recently, in 2011, a court held that…

Bust Up Google? Only If Europe Wants To Make Things Worse (Forbes Cross-Post)

Bust Up Google? Only If Europe Wants To Make Things Worse (Forbes Cross-Post)

Recently, the European Parliament passed a resolution urging the European Commission to “consider proposals aimed at unbundling search engines from other commercial services.” The resolution was mostly symbolic. It was really just a straw poll on European policy-makers’ high level…

Section 230 Precludes Injunctive Relief Against Message Boards--Medytox v. InvestorsHub

Section 230 Precludes Injunctive Relief Against Message Boards–Medytox v. InvestorsHub

We’re celebrating #ThrowbackThursday today at the Technology & Marketing Law Blog! InvestorsHub runs message boards on financial topics. A user, Hawley, posted several messages on InvestorsHub about Medytox and its principals. Medytox and the principals sued Hawley for defamation and…

When Does Social Media Chatter Become Criminal? Previewing The Supreme Court's 'Elonis' Case (Forbes Cross-Post)

When Does Social Media Chatter Become Criminal? Previewing The Supreme Court’s ‘Elonis’ Case (Forbes Cross-Post)

Social media combines the power of printed words with the immediacy of oral conversations. While social media frequently enriches our lives, it also enables incivil behavior such as the threats of violence against others. Should we interpret a social media…

Lawsuit Over User-Posted Celebrity Photos Survives Dismissal--BWP v. Hollywood Fan Sites

Lawsuit Over User-Posted Celebrity Photos Survives Dismissal–BWP v. Hollywood Fan Sites

The plaintiffs own copyrights in celebrity photos. The defendants run the Hollywood.com “fan site network” with 1,500+ websites dedicated to celebrities, TV shows, etc. The complaint alleges that the entire fan site network is predicated on republishing stolen photos, and…

Perfect 10 Loses Copyright Suit Against USENET Service Provider--Perfect 10 v. Giganews

Perfect 10 Loses Copyright Suit Against USENET Service Provider–Perfect 10 v. Giganews

Giganews acts as a USENET service provider. Perfect 10 is the litigious pornographer that has helped define Internet copyright law for the last 15 years. It sued Giganews because Perfect 10’s copyrighted images are distributed on USENET. After over three…

PissedConsumer Defeats Preliminary Injunction--Roca v. Consumer Opinion Corp.

PissedConsumer Defeats Preliminary Injunction–Roca v. Consumer Opinion Corp.

Roca makes and sells dietary supplements. They’ve made a series of legally dubious choices, but I think their problems start with their desire to suppress negative consumer reviews. The court describes that: [Roca’s] Purchase Agreement requires customers to agree that,…

Fifth Annual Internet Law Work-in-Progress Conference: Initial Participant List

Fifth Annual Internet Law Work-in-Progress Conference: Initial Participant List

On March 7, 2015, Santa Clara University will be hosting the Fifth Annual Internet Law Work-in-Progress conference. Over 50 Internet Law scholars from around the globe have signed up to come. If you’d still like to join us, please contact…

Bleg: Help Us Prepare For the Blog's 10 Year Blogiversary

Bleg: Help Us Prepare For the Blog’s 10 Year Blogiversary

This blog launched on February 8, 2005, meaning that our 10th anniversary is just a couple of months away. Where did the time go??? With our big milestone looming, we’re cooking up some special features to help celebrate in style. It…