Google, Yahoo and Amazon Beat Defamation Claims--Kabbaj v. Google

Google, Yahoo and Amazon Beat Defamation Claims–Kabbaj v. Google

The pro se plaintiff alleges that unknown Does defamed him. He sued Google, Yahoo and Amazon for this defamation alleging: (1) Google administered a blogger service and profile pages that contained defamatory and threatening communications; (2) Amazon created several accounts…

Internet Law Professors File Amicus Brief in 'Innocence of Muslims' Case--Garcia v. Google

Internet Law Professors File Amicus Brief in ‘Innocence of Muslims’ Case–Garcia v. Google

I’m sure you are familiar with Garcia v. Google, the copyright lawsuit against YouTube over the Innocence of Muslims video that led to a fatwa being issued against Garcia, an actress in the movie. In a truly awful opinion from…

Twibel Ruling: Tweeting That Someone is “Fucking Crazy” is Not Defamatory

Twibel Ruling: Tweeting That Someone is “Fucking Crazy” is Not Defamatory

This is a case that addresses how defamation can play out on Twitter, which is a perennial favorite of mine (perhaps owing to my excessive participation in that medium). Feld tried to buy a horse (“Munition”) that would become a…

Court Lauds Blogs "As A Means Of Free Dissemination Of News And Public Comment"--Comins v. Vanvoorhis

Court Lauds Blogs “As A Means Of Free Dissemination Of News And Public Comment”–Comins v. Vanvoorhis

A number of states have “retraction” laws that require plaintiffs to demand a retraction from media defendants before suing for defamation. How these laws apply to Internet publishers arose early in the development of Internet jurisprudence. For example, in the…

Of Course The First Amendment Protects Baidu's Search Engine, Even When It Censors Pro-Democracy Results (Forbes Cross-Post)

Of Course The First Amendment Protects Baidu’s Search Engine, Even When It Censors Pro-Democracy Results (Forbes Cross-Post)

Baidu.com is the leading search engine in China. The plaintiffs in this case have published materials online about the democracy movement in China. They allege that, at the request of the Chinese government, Baidu excludes pro-democracy search results, including their…

Xcentric Ventures Chips Away at Small Justice’s Copyright Workaround to Section 230

Xcentric Ventures Chips Away at Small Justice’s Copyright Workaround to Section 230

Goren is a lawyer. Dupont made a less than flattering post about Goren to the Ripoff Report site, which is famous for not removing posts even at the request of the author. (Ripoff Report is one of the most successful…

Employer Gets Section 230 Immunity For Employee's Posts--Miller v. FedEx

Employer Gets Section 230 Immunity For Employee’s Posts–Miller v. FedEx

[Note: I am massively behind in blogging Section 230 cases. I probably have a dozen or so festering in my queue. C'est la vie. This case jumps to the front of the queue because of its recency and its relatively...

Yahoo! Scores Significant Win in Email-to-SMS Lawsuit

Yahoo! Scores Significant Win in Email-to-SMS Lawsuit

We’ve blogged a bunch about text spam lawsuits in general, and about those against Yahoo! as well. Most recently, a judge denied Yahoo!’s request to dismiss a lawsuit relating to IM-to-SMS functionality. (See “TCPA Claim Over Yahoo!’s IM to SMS…

Court Spoils “Banana Lady's” Appeal Over Online Recordings of Her Act

Court Spoils “Banana Lady’s” Appeal Over Online Recordings of Her Act

Catherine Conrad is the “Banana Lady” (see her Facebook photos) who delivers singing birthday telegrams. I didn’t know such things still exist, but perhaps they do in the Midwest (she’s based in the Madison, Wisconsin area). For reasons the court…

Talk on Why State Legislatures Shouldn't Regulate Internet Privacy

Talk on Why State Legislatures Shouldn’t Regulate Internet Privacy

As regular readers know, I view state legislatures as currently the #1 threat to the Internet’s integrity. In the name of “protecting the kids” and “helping the Internet”, state legislatures are manufacturing a slew of anti-innovation laws that cumulatively threaten…