Distrust in the Cloud Part #2: Facebook Blocks J.mp Links and Takes Down Lots of Status Updates in the Process

I previously blogged about my problems with Scribd, the document hosting service, when they put up a paywall on user-uploaded documents. Scribd tried to soft-pedal the change by giving users an opt-out, but they never fully acknowledged how they changed…

Contrary MySpace Evidence Strikes A Litigant Again–HAC, Inc. v. Box

HAC, Inc. v. Box, 2010 OK 89 (Okla. Dec. 14, 2010) I’ve repeatedly blogged on social networking sites providing evidence that undercuts a litigant’s position (my last post on the topic). Today’s example involves a minor working in a grocery…

Another Inside Look at Phone to Phone Inc., With Some Troubling Allegations

I got the following email from an ex-employee of Phone to Phone Inc. (as usual, republished with permission): ____ I came across your website detailing your frustrations with phonetophone while checking around wondering how my old employer was doing. I…

Scribd Puts My Old Uploads Behind a Paywall and Goes Onto My Shitlist

Over the last year, I’ve become a heavy user of Scribd. I have posted over 100 documents to Scribd that have generated over 100,000 reads. Posting to Scribd is fast and easy–much easier than using my extremely cumbersome web hosting…

Note to Law Students: A Way to Jumpstart Your Job Search

The New York Times has a nice feature on Joshua Fisher, a Minnesota Law 3L who runs “dodgerdivorce.com,” which tracks every detail in the messy divorce between the owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Through his blog coverage, Fisher has…

Another Unhappy Phone to Phone Inc. Ex-Employee Speaks Out

I got the following email (reposted with permission, of course): _____ I responded to an ad from this company for employment on [day 1], 2010. Their ad requested paralegals for a legal writing position for a large legal online network…

How Much is a Single Blog Link Worth?

I get emails asking me for links, both free and for-pay, just about every day from folks looking for a little PageRank love. Here’s an example of one I got today: ________ Hello, I ran across your page on http://blog.ericgoldman.org/…

Blog Comments as Evidence of Consumer Confusion–QVC v. Your Vitamins

QVC, Inc. v. Your Vitamins, Inc., 2010 WL 2985801 (D. Del. July 27, 2010) This case involves two competitive products. Lessman, the principal behind one of the products, posted 4 blog posts deconstructing his competitor’s products. The competitor sued Lessman…

Mendocino Coast Vacation With Kids–My Travelogue

This year, I decided to take my 7 1/2 year old son Jacob on a one-on-one bonding trip. I’ll take my daughter Dina on a similar trip when she gets a little older. In California, we are blessed with many…

Netherlands and Paris Vacation Reflections

It took me 42 years to make my first trip to Europe; then, my first two trips to Europe came within 3 weeks of each other. First, at the end of May, I went to a conference at Erasmus University…