December 2006 Quick Links

By Eric Goldman * JP Enterprises, Inc. v. HDVE, LLC, 1:06-cv-01046-REB-PAC (D. Colo.). In June 2006, JP Enterprises sued Yahoo for selling its trademarks for keyword-triggered ads. In December, JP Enterprises and Yahoo stipulated a dismissal of the case against…

Top Cyberlaw Developments for 2006 – Part 2

By John Ottaviani (Eric Goldman is away until the New Year. He left me the keys to the blog. I warned him that this may be like leaving the teenagers the keys to the house when the parents go away…

Nov. 2006 Quick Links

By Eric Goldman My monthly roundup of noteworthy tidbits: * Yesmail, an email outsource vendor, was busted by the FTC under CAN-SPAM for failing to honor opt-out requests because Yesmail’s incoming email filters blocked those opt-out requests as spam. This…

Google Personalized Search, 1 Year Later

By Eric Goldman Exactly 1 year ago, I started using Google Personalized Search. Since then, Google Personalized Search has recorded 6,700 searches of mine–an average of over 18 searches a day, every day (including weekends and vacations), or over 1…

Acxiom Not Liable for Security Breach–Bell v. Acxiom

By Eric Goldman Bell v. Acxiom Corp., 4:06CV00485-WRW (E.D. Ark. Oct. 3, 2006) Acxiom is a major data miner/data broker. As a result, they have lots of sensitive personal data stored on their computers. Between 2001-2003, they suffered a major…

Article on Regulating Marketing–A Coasean Analysis of Marketing

By Eric Goldman Eric Goldman, A Coasean Analysis of Marketing, 2006 Wis. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming). In 2001, I had a career-altering epiphany while I was working at Epinions (this is the topic that prompted me to consider becoming a…

Sept. 2006 Quick Links

By Eric Goldman Some stories that caught my eye in September: * Digg users are gaming the Digg algorithm. Greg Linden’s take. Naturally, Digg is fighting back by tweaking its algorithm to reduce the effect of gaming and preserve some…

Xanga.com Busted for COPPA Violation

By Eric Goldman The FTC announced today that Xanga.com had settled charges that it violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). The settlement includes, among other remedies, a payment of $1 million–by far the largest fine in a COPPA…

August 2006 Quick Links (Volume 2)

By Eric Goldman Some more things that caught my eye in the past month (see Volume 1): * Wikipedia’s entry on trademarks that have become generic. “Google” isn’t listed…yet—instead, it’s listed as a trademark “often used generically”. HT: Marty. My…

Doe v. MySpace.com — Continued

By John Ottaviani I was finally able to read the complaint. It raises some very interesting issues concerning the obligations of website hosts and Internet service providers to institute and enforce appropriate security measures to decrease the likelihood of harm…