Q4 2014 & Q1 2015 Quick Links Part 8 (Copyright, Media)

Q4 2014 & Q1 2015 Quick Links Part 8 (Copyright, Media)

Copyright * Comments on Blurrred Lines jury verdict. NY Times. Raustiala & Sprigman. The defense attorney. Tim Wu. Eriq Gardner. Wendy Gordon. Judith Finell musicologist’s expert report.  NY Times: “Owing to the specifics of copyright law, the jury was instructed to base…

More Section 230 Cases Than I Can Handle!

More Section 230 Cases Than I Can Handle!

My cup runneth over with Section 230 cases! This long blog post catches up on a few from the past couple months. Warning: there are some stinkers in this batch. Google, Inc. v. Hood, 2015 WL 1546160 (S.D. Miss. March…

Mixed Ruling in Competitive Keyword Advertising Case--Goldline v. Regal

Mixed Ruling in Competitive Keyword Advertising Case–Goldline v. Regal

The lawsuit’s principal participants are rivals in the precious metals and coin industry. The defendant organization, Regal, has an affiliate program, and it appears that some affiliates bought competitive keyword advertising using the plaintiff Goldline’s trademark. The ruling is on…

Europe’s Antitrust Move Against Google: A Linkwrap

Europe’s Antitrust Move Against Google: A Linkwrap

For outside observers, it’s always thrilling to see two elephants like the EC and Google go tusk-to-tusk in a high-stakes battle. Normally, the government holds the edge in such clashes; after all, their enforcement resources are functionally limitless. But Google’s…

Union Isn't Liable For Members' Posts To Private Facebook Group--Weigand v. NLRB

Union Isn’t Liable For Members’ Posts To Private Facebook Group–Weigand v. NLRB

This case relates to a bus drivers’ strike in 2012. During the strike, union members posted “impassioned and bellicose” comments about the strike on the union’s Facebook page, which was accessible only to union members. The union didn’t authorize those…

Q4 2014 & Q1 2015 Quick Links Part 7 (Consumer Reviews, RTBF, Defamation, Censorship, Sec. 230)

Q4 2014 & Q1 2015 Quick Links Part 7 (Consumer Reviews, RTBF, Defamation, Censorship, Sec. 230)

International Censorship * WaPo: This was the Internet’s worst, best year ever * Wired: Russia’s Creeping Descent Into Internet Censorship * Washington Post: Russia just made a ton of Internet memes illegal * NY Times: Hungary Drops Internet Tax Plan…

What Bothers Brussels: Geoblocking on the Front Burner of the EU Commission (Guest Blog Post)

What Bothers Brussels: Geoblocking on the Front Burner of the EU Commission (Guest Blog Post)

By guest blogger Marketa Trimble In 2012, when my article on the legal implications of the evasion of geolocation was published, the topic concerned an obscure problem that was of interest to few internet users – not many people were…

Q4 2014 & Q1 2015 Quick Links Part 6 (Google, Search Engines, Antitrust)

Q4 2014 & Q1 2015 Quick Links Part 6 (Google, Search Engines, Antitrust)

The big news this morning is that the European Commission sent a Statement of Objections to Google. Other links from the past few months, many of them related to this development. Google * Mistakenly released FTC Staff Report on its…

Q4 2014 & Q1 2015 Quick Links Part 5 (Trademarks, Domain Names, Marketing)

Q4 2014 & Q1 2015 Quick Links Part 5 (Trademarks, Domain Names, Marketing)

Trademarks and Domain Names * TheDomains: .Sucks Releases Pricing With “Premiums” For Trademark Holders Up To $2,499 A Year. A pox on the .sucks operator and on ICANN for permitting this pricing scheme. ICANN wants federal regulators to declare the…

Law Professor Blogger Wins Anti-SLAPP Ruling, But It's Hard To Celebrate The Win--Welch v. USD

Law Professor Blogger Wins Anti-SLAPP Ruling, But It’s Hard To Celebrate The Win–Welch v. USD

I love blogging about the law. I really do. But I also live in constant fear that my posts will trigger a lawsuit that will throw my life into turmoil. After all, I’m usually blogging about legal cases where, by…