Ninth Circuit Says Yelp Doesn't Extort Businesses--Levitt v. Yelp (Forbes Cross-Post)

Ninth Circuit Says Yelp Doesn’t Extort Businesses–Levitt v. Yelp (Forbes Cross-Post)

For years, Yelp has been dogged by allegations that it manipulates user reviews to coerce businesses to advertise with it. While businesses aren’t likely to stop grumbling about these concerns any time soon, a federal appellate court emphatically shut the…

Internet Law Professors Ask California Supreme Court To Review Pharmaceutical Liability Case

Internet Law Professors Ask California Supreme Court To Review Pharmaceutical Liability Case

Hardin v. PDX is a quirky case that flew under the radar a bit. The case was brought by Hardin, a victim injured by bad drug interactions. She claims that she would have avoided the interaction if she had been…

Blogspot Gets Section 230 Win In 11th Circuit--Dowbenko v. Google

Blogspot Gets Section 230 Win In 11th Circuit–Dowbenko v. Google

Another Section 230 case with a pro se plaintiff. Dowbenko claimed that that the “Encyclopedia of American Loons” website, located at http://americanloons.blogspot.com, contained a copyrighted photo of him and defamed him. The court says: Mr. Dowbenko’s defamation claim is preempted…

Section 230 Applies to Amazon Book Reviews--Joseph v. Amazon

Section 230 Applies to Amazon Book Reviews–Joseph v. Amazon

As I’ve recently mentioned, many recent Section 230 rulings involve pro se plaintiffs because most lawyers have wizened up to Section 230’s immunity. In this case, Dr. Joseph, a pro se plaintiff, brings a long list of gripes about Amazon…

Online Marketplaces Facilitating Gun Sales Don't Kill People. People Kill People (Forbes Cross-Post)

Online Marketplaces Facilitating Gun Sales Don’t Kill People. People Kill People (Forbes Cross-Post)

We’re seeing increasing attempts to hold online marketplaces responsible for illegal user transactions on their site. A recent federal appellate ruling rejected one such lawsuit involving an online gun marketplace transaction that led to a murder. What Happened After his…

Primer on European Union's Right To Be Forgotten (Excerpt from My Internet Law Casebook) + Bonus Linkwrap

Primer on European Union’s Right To Be Forgotten (Excerpt from My Internet Law Casebook) + Bonus Linkwrap

I haven’t yet written about the ECJ Right to Be Forgotten ruling directly, though I’ve already referenced it on the blog a few times. The ruling itself came out during a business trip when I was tied up, so I…

New Copyright Office Compendium Discussion About Designating Sec. 512 Agents

New Copyright Office Compendium Discussion About Designating Sec. 512 Agents

The Copyright Office has released a pretty nifty document called the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, Third Edition. The second edition was written 30 years ago, so it’s about time we got a new edition! I thought the document…

Brazil's Internet Bill of Rights Compared to Section 230 (Excerpt from My Internet Law Casebook)

Brazil’s Internet Bill of Rights Compared to Section 230 (Excerpt from My Internet Law Casebook)

I recently announced the release of my 2014 Internet Law casebook. For this year’s edition, I added a module exploring comparative intermediary liability, explaining how Section 230 differs from some other intermediary regulatory schemes adopted around the globe. Below, I’ve…

Does Yelp Have The 'Most Trusted Reviews'? A Court Wants To Know More (Forbes Cross-Post)

Does Yelp Have The ‘Most Trusted Reviews’? A Court Wants To Know More (Forbes Cross-Post)

Few online algorithms generate as much criticism as Yelp’s algorithm for filtering its users’ reviews, but Yelp has so far successfully avoided a serious legal challenge to its filter. Recently, a California appellate court green-lighted a lawsuit over how Yelp…

2014 Internet Law Casebook and Syllabus Now Available

2014 Internet Law Casebook and Syllabus Now Available

My 2014 Internet Law syllabus and updated casebook ($8 DRM-free PDF download) are now online. This year I’m celebrating my 20th year teaching the course! (For more background on my Internet Law course, see this essay). This post will explain…