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…

Ripoff Report Gets Easy Section 230 Win In Third Circuit--Obado v. Magedson

Ripoff Report Gets Easy Section 230 Win In Third Circuit–Obado v. Magedson

This was a really interesting pro se challenge to Section 230. The lower court opinion contained all kinds of gems, including holding that Section 230 applies to Google’s autocomplete and to allegations of search engine manipulation. The Third Circuit’s opinion…

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…

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…

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…

Q4 2014 & Q1 2015 Quick Links Part 2 (Dating, Sex, Pornography)

Q4 2014 & Q1 2015 Quick Links Part 2 (Dating, Sex, Pornography)

Dating and Sex * The Atlantic: The Adultery Arms Race * NY Times: Extramarital Dating Site Unsettles the Land of Discreet Affairs * San Francisco Magazine: The cold mathematics of sugar daddy dating. * FTC: Online Dating Service Agrees to…

GA Supreme Court Fixes Overbroad Injunction Against Message Board Operator--Chan v. Ellis

GA Supreme Court Fixes Overbroad Injunction Against Message Board Operator–Chan v. Ellis

This case involves message board posts by a community that criticized Ellis’s copyright enforcement efforts. Ellis sought and obtained a protection order against Chan, the operator of the message board, on the legal grounds that the users’ posts constituted “stalking”….