Plastic Surgeon's "Before & After" Photos Violate NY Publicity Rights--Manzione v. Mashkevich

Plastic Surgeon’s “Before & After” Photos Violate NY Publicity Rights–Manzione v. Mashkevich

Dr. Grigoriy Mashkevich performed rhinoplasty on Catherine Manzione and took before-and-after photos of Manzione. Confusingly, Manzione apparently signed two seemingly inconsistent form consent agreements regarding the photos. One said: I do not want my photos to be used. I understand…

Revenge Porn/Cyberstalking Conviction Doesn't Violate First Amendment--US v. Osinger

Revenge Porn/Cyberstalking Conviction Doesn’t Violate First Amendment–US v. Osinger

V.B. and Osinger had a relationship. When it terminated, he continued to contact her in a variety of ways (email, text, etc.). They originally lived in Illinois, but V.B. moved to California, where she accepted a job. Before she moved,…

Police Officers Aren't Liable For Investigating Cyberstalking and Revenge Porn--Keaton v. Hannum

Police Officers Aren’t Liable For Investigating Cyberstalking and Revenge Porn–Keaton v. Hannum

Keaton is an Indiana lawyer who was charged with stalking and otherwise harassing his ex-girlfriend, Zook (then a law student). When she broke it off, Keaton continued to contact her. When she changed her phone number, he engaged a private…

Facebook Post Isn't Good Reason To Remove Attorney From Probate Court Case Assignment List

Facebook Post Isn’t Good Reason To Remove Attorney From Probate Court Case Assignment List

Butler is an attorney licensed in Michigan. She enrolled on the list to receive case assignments from Washtenaw County Probate Court. While she was on the list and receiving assignments, she made a post to Facebook regarding the performance of…

Dead Sea Scrolls Impersonation Case Convictions Partially Affirmed

Dead Sea Scrolls Impersonation Case Convictions Partially Affirmed

I previously blogged about the Dead Sea Scrolls impersonation and harassment case, involving some rather elaborate schemes implemented by the son of Dead Sea Scrolls scholar Norman Golb. (“Conviction Upheld for Impersonating Dead Sea Scrolls Scholars by Sending Out Emails…

Another Questionable IP Lawsuit Over a Derogatory Twitter Account

Another Questionable IP Lawsuit Over a Derogatory Twitter Account

Uli Behringer is the the CEO of “Music Group,” a company I had not heard of prior to this lawsuit. Apparently ticked off at the antics of “@NotUliBehringer” and “@fakeuli,” Behringer and his company tried to get Twitter to take…

Siblings Use Publicity Rights To Try To Block Sister From Blogging About Mom--In re Reynolds

Siblings Use Publicity Rights To Try To Block Sister From Blogging About Mom–In re Reynolds

For lawyers, family feuds are gold. There’s nothing quite as vituperative as family members squabbling in court. For the lawyers, familial acrimony translates into irrational overspending on legal fees. Ca-ching! Today’s family feud involves a mom, Lois Reynolds, and her…

Q1 2014 Quick Links, Part 1 (IP)

Q1 2014 Quick Links, Part 1 (IP)

Copyright * Perfect 10, Inc. v. Giganews, Inc., No. 11-7098 (C.D. Cal. Jan. 29, 2014). Upholding Giganews’ policy of terminating repeat infringers. The ruling also is critical of Perfect 10’s method of sending takedown notices, saying that Perfect 10 may have had…

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…

Twibel Ruling: Tweeting That Someone is “Fucking Crazy” is Not Defamatory

Twibel Ruling: Tweeting That Someone is “Fucking Crazy” is Not Defamatory

This is a case that addresses how defamation can play out on Twitter, which is a perennial favorite of mine (perhaps owing to my excessive participation in that medium). Feld tried to buy a horse (“Munition”) that would become a…