Court Won't Order Google To Lift Manual Block For 'Thin Content'--ICF v. Google

Court Won’t Order Google To Lift Manual Block For ‘Thin Content’–ICF v. Google

ICF provides web hosting services to hundreds of pornography websites. Google allegedly manually blocked these sites for spam, characterizing them as having “thin content,” which Google defines as “providing internet content that has little or no value to end-users.” The…

Another Keyword Advertising Lawsuit Unceremoniously Dismissed--Infostream v. Avid

Another Keyword Advertising Lawsuit Unceremoniously Dismissed–Infostream v. Avid

Infostream Group Inc. v. Avid Life Media Inc., 2013 WL 6018030 (C.D. Cal. Nov. 12, 2013) There is an active, long-standing and wide-ranging litigation war being waged between two groups of websites in the “sugar daddy“/”sugar baby” hook-up category. I…

Calling Out Scraper for "Stealing" Data Is Not Defamatory – Tamburo v. Dworkin

Calling Out Scraper for “Stealing” Data Is Not Defamatory – Tamburo v. Dworkin

[Post by Venkat Balasubramani] Tamburo v. Dworkin, 04 C 3317 (N.D. Ill. Sept. 26, 2013) This is an interesting dispute that brings together several legal doctrines we love to cover here. It’s the type of fact pattern a law school…

When Should Search Engines Ignore Court Orders To Remove Search Results? (Forbes Cross-Post)

By Eric Goldman Companies and individuals are constantly seeking more effective ways to scrub unwanted online content. One common technique is to get a court declaration that content is unlawful and should be removed, and then send that ruling to…

Another Keyword Advertising Lawsuit Fails–Allied Interstate v. Kimmel & Silverman

By Eric Goldman Allied Interstate LLC v. Kimmel & Silverman P.C., 2013 WL 4245987 (SDNY August 12, 2013) This opinion isn’t earth-shattering but it provides a useful illustration of what I’m seeing. The plaintiff is a debt collection service. The…

More Evidence That Competitive Keyword Advertising Benefits Trademark Owners (Forbes Cross-Post)

By Eric Goldman Many trademark owners hate that rivals can bid on Google AdWords ads triggered by their trademarks, a process I call “competitive keyword advertising.” Trademark owners (and many judges) often assume that a Google search on a trademark…

Recap of Stanford E-Commerce Conference Panel on Takedown Notices

By Eric Goldman Last month, I attended Stanford Law School’s annual E-commerce Law Conference, one of my favorite conferences of the year because of its subject material and the chance to hang out with so many friends. This year, the…

Will The FTC’s Crackdown On Search Ad Disclosures Hurt Google’s Revenues? (Forbes Cross-Post)

By Eric Goldman The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) hates inauthentic online content.  To combat this perceived ill, the FTC has been waging a multi-year battle against surreptitious ads online.  The FTC has been quite clear about what it wants online…

H1 2013 Quick Links, Part 2 (Privacy, Search Engines)

By Eric Goldman and Jake McGowan Privacy * Transcript of court hearing in California v. Delta Airlines.  Judge’s ruling starts p. 20. The case archive. * Fleischer v. NYP Holdings, Inc., 2013 WL 1105005 (N.Y.A.D. Mar. 19, 2013): “Plaintiff’s third and…

Google Crushes Home Decor Center’s Trademark Challenge to AdWords

By Eric Goldman Home Decor Center, Inc. v. Google, Inc., 2:12-cv-05706-GW-SH (C.D. Cal. May 9, 2013) Home Decor Center sued Google in the wake of the Fourth Circuit’s Rosetta Stone ruling. The lawsuit did not go well for it. Recently,…