Website Isn’t Liable When Users Lie About Their Ages–Doe v. SexSearch

By Eric Goldman Doe v. SexSearch.com, 2007 WL 2388913 (N.D. Ohio Aug. 22, 2007) Introduction This case adds to the burgeoning 230 jurisprudence involving people looking online for love or sex. (Others that come to mind include Carafano, Anthony, Landry-Bell,…

Roommates.com Plaintiff’s Reply to EFF Brief

By Eric Goldman The Fair Housing Councils have filed a reply to the EFF et al amicus brief (which I joined) in favor of an en banc hearing in the Roommates.com case. In it, the plaintiffs admit that aspects of…

Lemley on Online Safe Harbors

By Eric Goldman Mark Lemley, Rationalizing Internet Safe Harbors Mark Lemley has weighed in on an topic near and dear to my heart–secondary liability online. He advances two principal arguments in his paper. First, it would make sense to harmonize…

2007 Cyberspace Law Syllabus

By Eric Goldman I’ve posted my 2007 Cyberlaw syllabus. Unlike the past few years, which were a little slow cyberlaw-wise, the past 12 months saw a lot of important developments. Let me recap some of changes I made to my…

Advertiser Liability for “Contributory” Trespass to Chattels Redux–Burgess v. American Express

By Eric Goldman Burgess v. American Express Co., 2007 NCBC 15 (N.C. Superior Ct. May 21, 2007) David Fish points to an interesting new ruling on the subject of advertiser liability for pop-up advertising (I’m inferring that the pop-ups were…

Roommates.com Amicus Brief

By Eric Goldman The EFF, Lycos and I have filed an amicus brief in the Fair Housing Council v. Roommate.com case urging the Ninth Circuit to rehear the case en banc. See the EFF’s news release about the brief. Other…

Third Circuit Bounces Lawsuit Over Google Groups–Parker v. Google

By Eric Goldman Parker v. Google, Inc., No. 06-3074 (3d Cir. July 10, 2007) Parker v. Google was one of the troika of district court opinions involving Google and copyright from Q1 2006 (along with the Perfect 10 and Field…

Old-School Defamation Lawsuit Filed Against Google–Phillips v. Google

By Eric Goldman Phillips v. Google Inc., 3:2007-cv-01236 (N.D. Tex. complaint filed June 4, 2007; removed from state court July 11, 2007) By now, it seems that most defamation plaintiffs know about 47 USC 230 when suing online intermediaries based…

Fair Housing Council Responds to Roommates.com’s En Banc Hearing Request

By Eric Goldman The Fair Housing Council of San Fernando Valley has submitted its response to Roommates.com’s request for an en banc rehearing by the Ninth Circuit. Other documents in the case: * Roommates.com’s En Banc Request * The original…

Credit Card Providers Aren’t Liable for Third Party Infringement–Perfect 10 v. Visa

By Eric Goldman Perfect 10, Inc. v. Visa International Service Association, No. 05-15170 (9th Cir. July 3, 2007) The Ninth Circuit has completed a hat trick of appeals involving Perfect 10’s litigation frenzy over online infringement of Perfect 10’s copyrighted…