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…

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...

47 USC 230's Legislative History

47 USC 230′s Legislative History

I had reason to revisit the legislative history for 47 USC 230, which was Section 509 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.[FN1] For some reason, I had trouble retrieving it through typical Google searches, so I’m sharing it here for…

Epinions, The Path-Breaking Website, Is Dead. Some Lessons It Taught Us (Forbes Cross-Post)

Epinions, The Path-Breaking Website, Is Dead. Some Lessons It Taught Us (Forbes Cross-Post)

Before Yelp and TripAdvisor, before blogs or social media, there was Epinions.com. Founded in 1999, Epinions was a consumer review website before we fully appreciated how much we needed consumer reviews. It made several advances over other websites of its…

CafePress May Not Qualify For 512 Safe Harbor – Gardner v. CafePress

CafePress May Not Qualify For 512 Safe Harbor – Gardner v. CafePress

Gardner is a wildlife photographer. He sued CafePress and Beverly Teall alleging that Teall sold a product through CafePress displaying one of Gardner’s images. While only one image was at issue in the operative complaint, prior to mediation, plaintiff’s counsel…

In Its "Innocence of Muslims" Ruling, the Ninth Circuit is Guilty of Judicial Activism--Garcia v. Google

In Its “Innocence of Muslims” Ruling, the Ninth Circuit is Guilty of Judicial Activism–Garcia v. Google

In a ruling that sent shockwaves through the internet community, the Ninth Circuit, with one judge dissenting, found that an injunction should have been granted against YouTube, requiring removal of the “Innocence of Muslims” film. Does Garcia have a copyright…

TCPA Claim Over Yahoo!'s IM to SMS Messaging Survives Summary Judgment

TCPA Claim Over Yahoo!’s IM to SMS Messaging Survives Summary Judgment

Yahoo! offers instant message users the ability to receive a text message notification of an instant message. A customer received two messages, and sued for violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. The court denies Yahoo!’s motion for summary judgment….

H2 2013 Quick Links, Part 3 (Content Regulation)

H2 2013 Quick Links, Part 3 (Content Regulation)

Section 230 * The Good Wife on CBS had an episode, “Whack a Mole,” that addressed Section 230. It got Section 230 right on defamation damages but wrong on injunctions. * Preliminary injunction in Backpage v. Hoffman, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 119811 (D.N.J. Aug. 20, 2013)….