Will Technology Destroy Our Democracy–or Save It? A Series of Papers at The Atlantic

The decade-old book The Victorian Internet recaps the rise and fall of the telegraph. The telegraph was supposed to connect people together, but instead it played a crucial role facilitating ever-more-destructive wars. The author wrote: “That the telegraph was so…

Ripoff Report Wins Lawsuit on Jurisdiction Grounds–Williams v. Dunn

Dunn posted a negative Ripoff Report about Williams. Williams asked Ripoff Report to remove it; he says Ripoff Report agreed to do so and then reneged. Williams sued Dunn for defamation and other claims and sued Ripoff Report for publication…

Call for Papers/Participation: 7th Annual Internet Law Works-in-Progress, SCU, March 4, 2017

Call for Papers/Participation: 7th Annual Internet Law Works-in-Progress, SCU, March 4, 2017

We invite your participation in the Seventh Annual Internet Law Works-in-Progress conference at Santa Clara University School of Law, March 4, 2017. The conference series is co-sponsored by the High Tech Law Institute at Santa Clara University School of Law…

Why I’ve Paused My Blogging at Forbes

Four years ago, I joined Forbes’ “contributor” program, which lets independent authors publish/blog through Forbes’ network without editorial pre-review. Jonathan Glick at Re/Code called these programs “platishers”, a portmanteau of “platform” and “publisher.” (Personally, I’d vote for “platisher” as one…

Q2 2016 Quick Links, Part 5 (Miscellaneous)

E-Commerce/Sharing Economy * Reuters: EU cautions governments against banning Uber, Airbnb * Needle Inc. v. Department of Workforce Services, 2016 WL 1729547 (Utah Ct. App. April 28, 2016). Finding that product advocates, who did online customer chatting on an ad…

Announcing the 2016 Edition of 'Internet Law: Cases & Materials'

Announcing the 2016 Edition of ‘Internet Law: Cases & Materials’

I’m pleased to announce this year’s edition of my Internet Law casebook, Internet Law: Cases & Materials. It’s available for sale as a PDF at Gumroad for $8, as a Kindle book for $9.99, and in hard copy at CreateSpace…

Talk on Evolving Trends In High Tech Legal Education

Talk on Evolving Trends In High Tech Legal Education

In April, I spoke at the British and Irish Law Education and Technology Association (BILETA) annual meeting at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield, England. BILETA is an academic work-in-progress conference series for British/Irish cyberlaw and IT/IP professors, so I…

Q1 2016 Quick Links, Part 2 (Online Jurisdiction)

Q1 2016 Quick Links, Part 2 (Online Jurisdiction)

Oh yay, an entire quick links post dedicated to online jurisdiction! * Kindig It Design, Inc. v. Creative Controls, Inc., 2016 WL 247574 (D. Utah. Jan. 20, 2016) Furthermore, maintaining an interactive website is no longer the sole purview of…

"2015 Internet Law Updates" Talk Slides

“2015 Internet Law Updates” Talk Slides

Last week, I spoke at the 40th Annual IP Institute organized by the California State Bar’s IP Section. I presented an Internet Law year-in-review, but that topic basically means I talk about whatever I feel like talking about. Unfortunately, the…

Call for Projects/Papers/Participation for Sixth Annual Internet Law Works-in-Progress, March 5, 2016

Call for Projects/Papers/Participation for Sixth Annual Internet Law Works-in-Progress, March 5, 2016

[Eric’s note: I’m passing along this invitation from Ari Ezra Waldman, who is running the 2016 edition of the Internet Law Works-in-Progress conference. Some background about the conference series. Due to my family situation, I still have placed a hold…