Top Cyberlaw Developments of 2009

By John E. Ottaviani (Thanks to Eric for letting me post this list here!) [Eric’s note: some of you may recall John, a regular blog guest contributor from 2005-07. It’s great to have another contribution from him.] Eric will post…

Denver University “Cyber Civil Rights” Symposium Recap

By Eric Goldman The week before Thanksgiving, I attended an unusual symposium sponsored by the University of Denver Law Review entitled “Cyber Civil Rights: New Challenges for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in our Networked Age.” The symposium covered standard…

Case Western “Signifiers in Cyberspace” Conference Recap

By Eric Goldman In mid-November, I attended a conference at Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio entitled “Signifiers in Cyberspace: Domain Names & Online Trademarks.” My notes: David Fewer spoke about Canada’s WHOIS policy. The old…

Law Professor Sues Over ‘Above the Law’ Blog Posts–Jones v. Minkin

By Eric Goldman Jones v. Minkin, 1:09-cv-23256-MGC (S.D. Fla. complaint filed Oct. 27, 2009). The Above the Law blog post on the lawsuit with links to the posts in question. Given its history of provocative and occasionally aggressive blog posts,…

Domain Names as Property Subject to Creditor Claims–Bosh v. Zavala

[Post by Venkat] Most people take it for granted that domain names are property. As such, there shouldn’t be much dispute that domain names are subject to the claims of judgment creditors. But I’ve seen enough resistance to this position…

Q3 2009 Quick Links, Part 2

By Eric Goldman Trademark * Venkat: Twitter makes the dictionary. * Federal Circuit says Hotels.com is generic. * Steve Madden sues eBay for trademark infringement. Marty’s coverage. Justia page. I found the fifth cause of action, “trademark delusion,” a surprisingly…

Yahoo’s Search Results Snippets Aren’t False Endorsement–Stayart v. Yahoo

By Eric Goldman Stayart v. Yahoo! Inc., 2009 WL 2840478 (E.D. Wis. Aug. 28, 2009) Earlier this year, I blogged about Beverly Stayart’s quixotic lawsuit against Yahoo and others for showing search results snippets that contained her name adjacent to…

June 2009 Quick Links, Part 2

By Eric Goldman State Regulation of the Internet * iAWFUL, the Internet Advocates Watchlist for Ugly Laws * Texas HB 2003. Part of the anti-cyber-harassment mania. Very broad statute with lots of room for prosecutorial mischief. * BNA (BNA subscription…

May 2009 Quick Links Part 2

By Eric Goldman Blogs and Boards * WSJ: Bloggers, Beware: What You Write Can Get You Sued * j2 Global Communications v. Zilker Ventures, CV 08-07470 SJO (AJWx) (C.D. Cal. April 22, 2009). A consumer review website can putatively qualify…

Certain Approval Program v. Rip-off Report Update: Misappropriation Claim Dismissed

By Eric Goldman Certain Approval Programs, L.L.C. v. XCentric Ventures L.L.C., CV08-1608-PHX-NVW (D. Ariz. April 13, 2009). Yet another update on Rip-off Report litigation. In March, a ruling in Certain Approval Program v. Xcentric caused a minor stir. The plaintiff…