New Essay: The Ten Most Important Section 230 Rulings

[It’s impossible to blog about Section 230 without reminding you that it remains highly imperiled.] I’ve posted a new essay entitled “The Ten Most Important Section 230 Rulings.” It will be published in the Tulane Journal of Technology & Intellectual Property. Everyone loves…

My Senate Testimony on SESTA + SESTA Hearing Linkwrap

My Senate Testimony on SESTA + SESTA Hearing Linkwrap

Last week, the Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing on the Stop Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 (SESTA). I testified as an academic expert on Section 230. My remarks: * * * I appreciate this opportunity to testify about…

Debunking Some Myths About Section 230 and Sex Trafficking (Guest Blog Post)

Debunking Some Myths About Section 230 and Sex Trafficking (Guest Blog Post)

By guest blogger Alex Levy [Eric’s introduction: Human trafficking expert Alex Levy is back, and this time, she busts some myths about the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017 (“SESTA”). Like my post this morning, her post was written before last week’s Senate hearing,…

Congress Is About To Ruin Its Online Free Speech Masterpiece (Cross-Post)

Congress Is About To Ruin Its Online Free Speech Masterpiece (Cross-Post)

[Before last week’s Senate hearing on SESTA, I posted a version of this blog post on the ACS Blog. This has been partially superseded by my Senate testimony, which I’ll post more about shortly.] In 1996, Congress became concerned that excessive liability…

University Defeats Cyberbullying Lawsuit Related to Yik Yak–Feminist Majority v. UMW

The plaintiffs are students that run a feminist group at the University of Mary Washington, a public university in Virginia. In response to their public advocacy, they claim that they were cyberbullied via Yik Yak. (Examples of the posted Yaks: “these feminists…

Doubling (& Tripling) Down on Trademark Protection For Secret Menu Items--In-N-Out v. Smashburger (Guest Blog Post)

Doubling (& Tripling) Down on Trademark Protection For Secret Menu Items–In-N-Out v. Smashburger (Guest Blog Post)

by guest blogger Alexandra Jane Roberts Last week, California-based burger chain In-N-Out sued Denver-based Smashburger, alleging infringement and dilution of trademarks including DOUBLE-DOUBLE and TRIPLE TRIPLE (for, among other things, “hamburger sandwiches and cheeseburger sandwiches”). Smashburger recently applied to register…

Facebook Wins Appeal Over Allegedly Discriminatory Content Removal–Sikhs for Justice v. Facebook

[It’s impossible to blog about Section 230 without reminding you that Congress is on the cusp of gutting it.] I previously summarized this case: Sikhs for Justice (“SFJ”) is a human rights group advocating for Sikh independence in the Indian…

Catching Up on Ninth Circuit CFAA Jurisprudence (Internet Law Casebook Excerpt)

[Eric’s note: this is another excerpt from my Internet Law casebook. Venkat and I couldn’t blog last year’s chaotic and messy Ninth Circuit’s CFAA jurisprudence in real time. I nevertheless took one for the team and tried to make sense of the…

Global Content Removals Based on Local Legal Violations (Internet Law Casebook Excerpt)

[Eric’s note: I’m sharing an excerpt from my Internet Law casebook discussing transborder content removal orders, including the Equustek case.] From the Internet’s earliest days, the tension between a global communication network and local geography-based laws has been obvious. One…

Blogger Isn’t Liable for Anonymous Comments–Griffith v. Wall

[It’s impossible to blog about Section 230 without reminding you that Congress is on the cusp of gutting it.] Griffith blogs at the Lumberton Informer. He has criticized Wall, Lumberton’s municipal clerk. The blog allows anonymous comments, and Wall claimed…