H2 2013 Quick Links, Part 5 (Miscellaneous)

H2 2013 Quick Links, Part 5 (Miscellaneous)

* Ars Technica: How the feds took down the Dread Pirate Roberts. A great story on how hard it is to remain anonymous online against determined federal agents. * Nice Reuters retrospective on Judge Rader. * DailyDot: The battle to destroy Wikipedia’s biggest sockpuppet army. Related: Is Wikipedia…

H2 2013 Quick Links, Part 4 (Social Media, Advertising, E-Commerce)

H2 2013 Quick Links, Part 4 (Social Media, Advertising, E-Commerce)

Facebook * MarketingLand’s coverage of Facebook’s increasingly complicated algorithm for ranking news feed stories. * People v. DeJesus, 2013 WL 6327657 (Cal. App. Ct. Dec. 4, 2013): As for defendant’s claim about an Internet posting to a group as potentially violating the trial court’s…

Sony PlayStation Data Breach Lawsuit Whittled Down but Moves Forward

Sony PlayStation Data Breach Lawsuit Whittled Down but Moves Forward

We blogged previously about the claims resulting from the breach of the PlayStation networks. The claims did not receive a warm reception. (“Sony Network Data Breach Class Action Suffers Setback — In re Sony Gaming Networks”.) Plaintiffs were given a…

H2 2013 Quick Links, Part 2 (Privacy, Search Engines)

H2 2013 Quick Links, Part 2 (Privacy, Search Engines)

NSA * WaPo: The NSA seems to really enjoy exploiting high profile tech companies. * The Guardian: the Snowden incident portends the death of the Internet. * The Switch: Yes, there actually is a huge difference between government and corporate surveillance. * American Panopticon: How a…

Top Ten Internet Law Developments Of 2013 (Forbes Cross-Post)

Top Ten Internet Law Developments Of 2013 (Forbes Cross-Post)

A look back at the Internet law highlights of 2013: #10: Copyright Defendants Get High-Stakes Wins. 2013 saw several copyright defendants win long-running litigation affairs–and potentially crack open new markets, including (1) Google’s stirring win in its nearly decade-long Google…

Is Sacramento The World's Capital of Internet Privacy Regulation? (Forbes Cross-Post)

Is Sacramento The World’s Capital of Internet Privacy Regulation? (Forbes Cross-Post)

It’s only two hours between Sacramento, California’s state capitol, and the Silicon Valley, the world’s technology capital, but when it comes to regulating the Internet, philosophically they are worlds apart. The two worlds collided in 2013 when Sacramento enacted a…

Video Privacy Protection Act Plaintiffs Can Proceed Against Hulu Absent Showing of Actual Injury

Video Privacy Protection Act Plaintiffs Can Proceed Against Hulu Absent Showing of Actual Injury

Plaintiffs sued Hulu asserting violations of the Video Privacy Protection Act based on alleged disclosures to Comscore and Facebook of plaintiffs’ viewing information. The court denied an initial motion to dismiss by Hulu based on standing. Hulu later brought a…

Company That Facilitates Digital Access to Public Records Uses CFAA to Block Scraper

Company That Facilitates Digital Access to Public Records Uses CFAA to Block Scraper

[Eric's introduction: this post has been sitting in our tank over a month. I put a hold on it when I was considering using this fact pattern for my Internet Law exam. I decided to go in a different direction,...

Revenge Porn Plot Leads To Criminal Conviction--New York v. Piznarski (Forbes Cross-Post)

Revenge Porn Plot Leads To Criminal Conviction–New York v. Piznarski (Forbes Cross-Post)

Recently, the California Attorney General’s office got a lot of attention for arresting Kevin Bollaert, the alleged operator of a revenge porn website. While the arrest was widely popular, it raised many questions. Why did the prosecutors seemingly stretch to…

Should We Cheer The California Attorney General's Revenge Porn Arrest--Or Find It Alarming? (Forbes Cross-Post)

Should We Cheer The California Attorney General’s Revenge Porn Arrest–Or Find It Alarming? (Forbes Cross-Post)

The California Attorney General’s office announced the arrest of Kevin Christopher Bollaert for his role in a revenge porn scheme. Most folks are cheering the arrest for understandable reasons: revenge porn is odious, especially when victims must pay to remove…