Q3 2014 Quick Links, Part 2 (Content Regulation)

Q3 2014 Quick Links, Part 2 (Content Regulation)

* United States v. Valle, 2014 WL 2980256 (S.D.N.Y. June 30, 2014). The highly unusual facts of this case reflect the Internet age in which we live. To prove the kidnapping conspiracy alleged in Count One, the Government relied on…

Call for Papers/Participation, 5th Annual Internet Law Work-in-Progress Conference, SCU, March 7, 2015

Call for Papers/Participation, 5th Annual Internet Law Work-in-Progress Conference, SCU, March 7, 2015

We invite your participation in the Fifth Annual Internet Law Work-in-Progress conference at Santa Clara University School of Law on March 7, 2015. The conference series is co-sponsored by the High Tech Law Institute at Santa Clara University School of…

Q3 2014 Quick Links, Part 1 (RTBF, Reviews, IP & More)

Q3 2014 Quick Links, Part 1 (RTBF, Reviews, IP & More)

Right to Be Forgotten * U.S. Attitudes Toward the ‘Right to Be Forgotten’: 1. Sixty-one percent of Americans believe some version of the right to be forgotten is necessary. 2. Thirty-nine percent want a European-style blanket right to be forgotten,…

A Seismic Ruling On Pre-1972 Sound Recordings and State Copyright Law--Flo & Eddie v. Sirius XM Radio (Guest Blog Post)

A Seismic Ruling On Pre-1972 Sound Recordings and State Copyright Law–Flo & Eddie v. Sirius XM Radio (Guest Blog Post)

By Tyler Ochoa [Eric’s intro: in Tyler’s cover email to me, he told me the ruling was “huge, as in 1906-San-Francisco-earthquake huge.  It literally could result in undoing 75 years of copyright history.”] A federal court in California has held…

Congress May Crack Down On Businesses' Efforts To Ban Consumer Reviews (Forbes Cross-Post)

Congress May Crack Down On Businesses’ Efforts To Ban Consumer Reviews (Forbes Cross-Post)

Imagine a dentist telling her patients that they can’t write online reviews about her. Or a hotel deducting money from a newly married couple’s security deposit if any member of the wedding party blasts the hotel on Yelp. These types…

Trademark Owners Just Can't Win Keyword Advertising Cases--EarthCam v. OxBlue

Trademark Owners Just Can’t Win Keyword Advertising Cases–EarthCam v. OxBlue

I have repeatedly observed that trademark owners routinely lose their lawsuits against advertisers who buy their trademarks as advertising keywords. (This is in addition to the futility of bringing trademark lawsuits against search engines, which almost no one does any…

Jointly Editable Online Document Doesn't Provide Evidence of Contract Formation--Turner v. Temptu

Jointly Editable Online Document Doesn’t Provide Evidence of Contract Formation–Turner v. Temptu

The litigants discussed working together to launch a new product in the marketplace. As seems to be inevitable in situations like this, the parties’ relationship fell out. Trying to salvage something from the situation, Turner alleged the parties had formed…

The GOOGLE Mark Isn't Generic--Elliott v. Google (Forbes Cross-Post)

The GOOGLE Mark Isn’t Generic–Elliott v. Google (Forbes Cross-Post)

The “Google” trademark regularly ranks as one of the most valuable trademarks in the world. In 2011, Forbes estimated the trademark’s value at $44B, and a more recent estimate placed the value at $113B. Almost certainly, the “Google” trademark is…

LiveJournal Wins 512(c) Safe Harbor Ruling For Celebrity Gossip Blog--Mavrix v. LiveJournal

LiveJournal Wins 512(c) Safe Harbor Ruling For Celebrity Gossip Blog–Mavrix v. LiveJournal

This case involves a LiveJournal blog called “Oh No They Didn’t!” (ONTD) that republishes reader submissions about celebrity gossip. There are nine moderators of the blog, including one–Brian Delzer–who became a LiveJournal employee. Unsurprisingly given the blog’s subject, readers submitted…

Urban Outfitters’ Kent State T-Shirt Was Offensive But Probably Legal (Guest Blog Post)

By Tyler Ochoa As reported in various news outlets (including MSN and New York magazine), Urban Outfitters generated a storm of controversy on Twitter a few days ago, when it was discovered that it was offering for sale a “vintage”…