This Case Keeps Wrecking Internet Law--Enigma v. Malwarebytes

You probably know this case well, but I’ll recap it anyway. Malwarebytes makes anti-threat software. Enigma makes competitive offerings. Malwarebytes classified Enigma’s SpyHunter4 and RegHunter2 programs as malicious, a threat, and a potentially unwanted program (PUP). This screenshot shows Malwarebytes’…

'Scruff' App Qualifies for Section 230 Immunity--J.R. v. Mancino

“Scruff is a web application that provides a matchmaking platform for men.” I believe competes (at least in part) with Grindr. The plaintiff (the victim’s parent, proceeding pro se) alleges that Scruff app users exchanged CSAM and discussed plans to…

Reusing Social Media Photos for Ads? Be Careful!--Khachatryan v. 1 Hotel

This case involves the following photo posted to the “@brave_johnson” InstagramĀ  account, which self-describes as the account of a 7-year old and lists 2 URLs for talent agencies: [Note: normally I would think carefully about posting photos of children, but…

Court Revives Lawsuit Against Facebook Over Scammy Crypto Ads--Forrest v. Meta

Andrew Forrest is an Australian billionaire. “Beginning in 2019, Dr. Forrest learned that ads using his name and likeness to endorse cryptocurrency and other fraudulent investment products were appearing on Facebook.” Forrest contacted Facebook multiple times over the years asking…

It’s unexpectedly turned into “BIPA Week” here at the Technology & Marketing Law Blog. šŸ„³ Yesterday, I blogged about an unsuccessful BIPA challenge to PhotoDNA. Today, I’m blogging about an unsuccessful BIPA challenge to Facebook’s friend-tagging feature. Despite the festivities,…

Will Biometric Privacy Laws Undermine the Fight Against CSAM?--Martell v. X

This lawsuit involves the widely used PhotoDNA database, a cornerstone of the fight against online child sexual abuse material (CSAM). PhotoDNA renders hash values of identified CSAM items and then enables services to block images with identical hash values. In…

Blackface depictions have a long history of racism. In 2020, Facebook banned them as hate speech when the images “caricature” black people. At the same time, the “Black Peter” character is a long-standing (though increasingly controversial) part of Christmas celebrations…

Court Dismisses School Districts' Lawsuits Over Social Media "Addiction"--In re Social Media Cases

[Warning: this is a 5,600 word blog post]. There are two critically important cases over “social media addiction” pending in California state court and as an MDL in the federal Northern District of California. It is an all-out brawl in…

Courts Are Rejecting Attempts to Weaponize Laws That Protect Consumer Reviews

In 2014, California enacted AB2365, sometimes called the “Yelp law,” codified at Cal. Civil Code 1670.8. The law prohibits businesses from suppressing consumer reviews (on Yelp or elsewhere). Its main substantive terms: (1) A contract or proposed contract for the…

Meme Law Alert! Meme Use In Political Ad Isn't Fair Use--Griner v. King

The plaintiff in this case owns the copyright to the well-known “Success Kid” meme, a photo of a cute 11-month old boy named Sam. The defendants are former Rep. Steve King and his reelection campaign committee. Wikipedia calls King “far-right,”…