Surveying Ten Years Of Top Internet Law Developments (Forbes Cross-Post)

Surveying Ten Years Of Top Internet Law Developments (Forbes Cross-Post)

I’ve been writing an annual list of top Internet Law developments for a decade, so I thought it might be fun to look back at my #1 ranked development in each of the past 10 years. Let’s take a stroll…

Top 10 Internet Law Developments of 2015 (Forbes Cross-Post)

Top 10 Internet Law Developments of 2015 (Forbes Cross-Post)

I’m pleased to present my annual list of top Internet Law developments from the past year. As the years go by, increasingly the most important Internet Law developments/crackdowns are occurring internationally, but I tried to focus on U.S. developments. 10)…

Online Dating Services Must Give California Users a "Cooling Off" Period--Howell v. Grindr

Online Dating Services Must Give California Users a “Cooling Off” Period–Howell v. Grindr

California has a statute applicable to dating contracts that gives consumers the right to cancel within 3 days of signing up. Companies must advise clients of this and provide a cancellation mechanism and a full refund. Grindr, an online dating…

Court Says Yelp Reviewers Aren't Employees (Forbes Cross-Post)

Court Says Yelp Reviewers Aren’t Employees (Forbes Cross-Post)

Way before sharing economy labor practices fueled presidential candidate soundbites, there have been allegations that users contributing content and services to websites were employees. For example, an employment lawsuit over AOL’s “Community Leader” program from the late 1990s led to…

The Long-Term Promise of Privacy Federalism, Part 2

The Long-Term Promise of Privacy Federalism, Part 2

Yesterday, guest blogger Bilyana Petkova summarized some of her arguments in favor of “privacy federalism,” i.e., temporary state-level regulation of privacy matters, a topic she addresses more fully in a forthcoming article on SSRN. In helping her prepare her post,…

Google Books Defeats Copyright Lawsuit Using 512(c)--Avdeef v. Google

Google Books Defeats Copyright Lawsuit Using 512(c)–Avdeef v. Google

The wheels of justice move slowly. To wit, the main Authors Guild vs. Google Books litigation has been percolating in the courts for almost a decade (September 20 is the 10 year anniversary–how do you plan to celebrate?!). Despite the…

The Long-Term Promise of Privacy Federalism, Part 1 (Guest Blog Post)

The Long-Term Promise of Privacy Federalism, Part 1 (Guest Blog Post)

[Eric’s introduction: as I’ve remarked previously, the academic and policy discourse about privacy focuses principally on the substantive legal boundaries of privacy law and pays comparatively little attention on which policymakers are best positioned to develop and supervise those rules. The…

2015 Internet Law Casebook Now Available

2015 Internet Law Casebook Now Available

I have posted the 2015 edition of my casebook, Internet Law: Cases and Materials. It’s available in three formats: PDF ($8), Kindle ($9.99) and hard copy ($20 + shipping/tax, and it includes a free PDF on request). The $8 PDF…

Sending Emails Isn't Workplace Stalking--People v. Marian

Sending Emails Isn’t Workplace Stalking–People v. Marian

Do you remember the 1990s debates over whether cyberspace is a “place,” and why that might matter? Yeah, we’re back to that. This case involves N.Y. Penal Law § 120.45(3), which occurs when a person (emphasis added): intentionally, and for…

Can Lawyers Buy Keyword Ads On Each Others' Names At Google? (Forbes Cross-Post)

Can Lawyers Buy Keyword Ads On Each Others’ Names At Google? (Forbes Cross-Post)

“Competitive keyword advertising” occurs when a company buys the trademarks of its competition as keywords for search engine marketing. In the 2000s, it was one of the most interesting and hotly-contested issues of Internet Law as trademark owners filed many…