Terrible Ninth Circuit 230(c)(2) Ruling Will Make the Internet More Dangerous--Enigma v. Malwarebytes

Terrible Ninth Circuit 230(c)(2) Ruling Will Make the Internet More Dangerous–Enigma v. Malwarebytes

The Ninth Circuit has issued a Section 230(c)(2) opinion that creates significant problems for anti-spyware/spam/virus vendors (I’ll call them “anti-threat vendors”). The ruling will paralyze their decision-making, expose them to greater legal threats, and reduce their ability to protect consumers…

And At the End of the Day, the CCPA Remains Very Much the Same (Guest Blog Post)

And At the End of the Day, the CCPA Remains Very Much the Same (Guest Blog Post)

by guest blogger Tanya Forsheit I am back to provide a post mortem on what many have portrayed – inaccurately – as a long and successful battle by business interests to gut the CCPA. The legislative session is over and,…

Court Enforces Arbitration Clause in "Modified Clickwrap"--Chen v. Sierra Trading Post

Court Enforces Arbitration Clause in “Modified Clickwrap”–Chen v. Sierra Trading Post

This case doesn’t break any new ground, but it’s typical of what I’m seeing. The plaintiffs claim that the retailer Sierra Trading Post (STP) provides misleading comparison prices. STP sought to send the case to arbitration based on its TOU…

Ninth Circuit Says LinkedIn Wrongly Blocked HiQ's Scraping Efforts

Ninth Circuit Says LinkedIn Wrongly Blocked HiQ’s Scraping Efforts

Fans of scraping cases may rejoice. The Ninth Circuit issued its long-awaited opinion in the hiQ v. LinkedIn case (it was argued in March 2018, so the opinion took about 18 months). It rules in favor of hiQ. hiQ was…

Section 230 Applies to Facebook's Post Removals and Account Suspensions--King v. Facebook

Section 230 Applies to Facebook’s Post Removals and Account Suspensions–King v. Facebook

The court summarizes the facts: King alleges Facebook removed multiple posts by him, and temporarily suspended his Facebook access on several occasions in 2018, for posts that Facebook deemed a violation of its terms of service (“ToS”). The crux of…

Emojis Have Unsettled Grammar Rules (and Why Lawyers Should Care)

Emojis Have Unsettled Grammar Rules (and Why Lawyers Should Care)

A new article by three Dutch researchers sheds some fascinating light on the grammar of emojis, or more precisely, the lack thereof. Their abstract concludes: “while emoji may follow tendencies in their interactions with grammatical structure in multimodal text-emoji productions,…

There Is Essentially No Statute of Limitations for Online Copyright Infringement--APL v. US

There Is Essentially No Statute of Limitations for Online Copyright Infringement–APL v. US

This case involves a photo of stem cells, which allegedly used to be quite uncommon and therefore allegedly commanded a premium license fee. So you can see what’s worth litigating in federal court against the mightiest government in the world,…

Reminder: The Copyright Office Will Be Yanking Eligibility for the DMCA Online Safe Harbor (Again)

Reminder: The Copyright Office Will Be Yanking Eligibility for the DMCA Online Safe Harbor (Again)

In 2016, the Copyright Office rejiggered how it handles DMCA Online Safe Harbor agent designations. Instead of an indefinite designation, a service could only designate an agent for 3 years, after which the designation would automatically expire unless renewed. The…

Section 230 Protects HOA for Publishing Meeting Minutes--Eagle Ridge Townhouse Ass'n v. Snapp

Section 230 Protects HOA for Publishing Meeting Minutes–Eagle Ridge Townhouse Ass’n v. Snapp

The dispute involves Galena Territory, a community governed by a property owner’s association (GTA) with several subdivisions also managed by HOAs. Homeowners in those subdivisions are members of both their subdivision HOA and the GTA. One of the subdivision HOAs…

The Circuitous International Travel of Your Data (Guest Blog Post)

by guest blogger Marketa Trimble Most Internet users probably do not know where their online data (aka “cloud data”) reside. Even fewer users likely have any idea of the paths over which their data travel. It is not difficult to picture…