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…

Court Spoils “Banana Lady's” Appeal Over Online Recordings of Her Act

Court Spoils “Banana Lady’s” Appeal Over Online Recordings of Her Act

Catherine Conrad is the “Banana Lady” (see her Facebook photos) who delivers singing birthday telegrams. I didn’t know such things still exist, but perhaps they do in the Midwest (she’s based in the Madison, Wisconsin area). For reasons the court…

Android and Pandora Privacy Rulings Accept Low Hurdle for Standing

Android and Pandora Privacy Rulings Accept Low Hurdle for Standing

A pair of rulings from Judge White in lawsuits involving the privacy practices of Android and Pandora employ a loose standard for standing and allowed plaintiffs in both cases to press forward with their claims. In re Google Android Consumer…

Another Reason Not To Let People Borrow Your Cellphone--Olsen v. Henderson

Another Reason Not To Let People Borrow Your Cellphone–Olsen v. Henderson

Pro-tip: if you’re going to let someone borrow your phone, make sure you don’t have any sexy selfies that can be freely accessed by anyone who accesses the phone. (Probably a good idea to secure your photos anyway.) Brian Olsen…

Employer Who Takes Over Employee's Social Media Accounts May Commit Privacy Violation--Maremont v Susan Fredman Design

Employer Who Takes Over Employee’s Social Media Accounts May Commit Privacy Violation–Maremont v Susan Fredman Design

We’ve blogged about the dispute between Maremont and Susan Fredman Design Group before. Maremont was employed as SFDG’s social media consultant, and when she was injured in a severe accident, SFDG allegedly continued to access (1) a Twitter account registered…

Talk on Why State Legislatures Shouldn't Regulate Internet Privacy

Talk on Why State Legislatures Shouldn’t Regulate Internet Privacy

As regular readers know, I view state legislatures as currently the #1 threat to the Internet’s integrity. In the name of “protecting the kids” and “helping the Internet”, state legislatures are manufacturing a slew of anti-innovation laws that cumulatively threaten…

Daughter's Celebratory Facebook Post Really "Sucked"--Gulliver Schools v. Snay

Daughter’s Celebratory Facebook Post Really “Sucked”–Gulliver Schools v. Snay

Patrick Snay was headmaster at Gulliver Preparatory School, a private school in the Miami area. The school didn’t renew his contract, so he sued for age discrimination and retaliation. The parties settled confidentially for $150k, broken down as $10k of…

Ninth Circuit Turns Out The Lights on California 'Shine the Light' Case

Ninth Circuit Turns Out The Lights on California ‘Shine the Light’ Case

California’s “Shine the Light” statute is designed to facilitate transparency about the information collection and marketing practices of companies. The statute requires companies to disclose to customers the types of consumer information a company discloses to third parties for direct…

Revenge Porn Prosecution Stumbles In New York

Revenge Porn Prosecution Stumbles In New York

The defendant: Posted naked pictures of Adriana Batch, who was then his girlfriend, on his Twitter account, and also sent those pictures to Ms. Batch’s employer and sister. Defendant was charged with (1) aggravated harassment; (2) dissemination of “unlawful surveillance…

9th Circuit Says Plaintiff Had Standing to Sue Spokeo for Fair Credit Reporting Violations

9th Circuit Says Plaintiff Had Standing to Sue Spokeo for Fair Credit Reporting Violations

Robins sued Spokeo alleging that Spokeo reported incorrect information about him—that he held a graduate degree and was wealthy—and this caused him difficulty in his job search and other harm. He alleged claims under the Fair Credit Reporting Act and…