Doing Online Reputation Management? Don't Do It This Way (Forbes Cross-Post)

Doing Online Reputation Management? Don’t Do It This Way (Forbes Cross-Post)

Recently, I got two identical emails from info@infringex.com sending me a “Notice of Infringement of Defamation.” The notice informs me that a 2012 blog post–written by my perma-guest blogger, Venkat–makes public comments about the purported sender. It further says that…

Online Magazine Gets Section 230 Protection For Third Party Article--AdvanFort v. International Registries

Online Magazine Gets Section 230 Protection For Third Party Article–AdvanFort v. International Registries

If I didn’t practice Internet law, I might have chosen maritime law. Their disputes are often interesting. This particular case sounds like a movie plotline. AdvanFort provides armed guards to ships worried about piracy (the real kind…you know, on the…

Blogger Isn't Liable For Anonymous Reader Comments--Mezzacappa v. O'Hare

Blogger Isn’t Liable For Anonymous Reader Comments–Mezzacappa v. O’Hare

Bernie O’Hare ran a blog called “Lehigh Valley Ramblings.” I’m focusing on the court’s treatment of four anonymous comments posted in response to O’Hare’s blogging about Tricia Mezzacappa. In general, bloggers aren’t liable for reader comments per Section 230. See…

LinkedIn's “Reference Search” Service Doesn't Violate Fair Credit Reporting Act--Sweet v. LinkedIn

LinkedIn’s “Reference Search” Service Doesn’t Violate Fair Credit Reporting Act–Sweet v. LinkedIn

Plaintiffs alleged that potential employers found references about them through LinkedIn’s Reference Searches functions, they were denied employment as a result, and thus LinkedIn violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act. LinkedIn users, including prospective employers, generally can search LinkedIn user…

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…

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…

Q4 2014 & Q1 2015 Quick Links Part 4 (Potpourri)

Q4 2014 & Q1 2015 Quick Links Part 4 (Potpourri)

Commerce * NAD tells CheapoAir that it can’t run keyword ads showing the lowest priced flight in its database if it can’t deliver that fare to the consumer. * United Airlines sues 22-year-old who found a method for buying cheaper…