Section 230 Applies to Publicity Rights Claim--Hepp v. Facebook

Section 230 Applies to Publicity Rights Claim–Hepp v. Facebook

Karen Hepp is a TV show host on the Fox 29 channel in Philadelphia. (No “Karen” jokes, please). She claims that “a photograph of her taken by a security camera in a convenience store in New York City was being…

Section 230 Ends Demonetized YouTuber's Lawsuit--Lewis v. Google

Section 230 Ends Demonetized YouTuber’s Lawsuit–Lewis v. Google

Lewis ran a YouTube channel called “Misandry Today.” Misandry is hatred of men, like misogyny but with reversed genders. I didn’t look at Lewis’ content but I worry that its examples of alleged misandry actually might be presented to advance…

Court Rejects Another Lawsuit Alleging that Internet Companies Suppress Conservative Views--Freedom Watch v. Google

Court Rejects Another Lawsuit Alleging that Internet Companies Suppress Conservative Views–Freedom Watch v. Google

This is one of many “conservative” lawsuits claiming that Internet companies engage in bias and discrimination against them. Though they often blame Section 230 for this allegedly discriminatory behavior, this lawsuit fails without any reference to Section 230 at all….

Trump's "Preventing Online Censorship" Executive Order Is Pro-Censorship Political Theater

Trump’s “Preventing Online Censorship” Executive Order Is Pro-Censorship Political Theater

Introduction We all knew the day would come when the Trump Administration would try to censor the Internet. This was inevitable because of Trump’s dictatorial lust, his antipathy towards independent media sources that can hold him accountable for his actions,…

Court Sends Google Assistant Privacy Lawsuit Back for a Redo

Court Sends Google Assistant Privacy Lawsuit Back for a Redo

This is a putative class action against Google alleging that Google Assistant actively listened (mistakenly) based on a misperceived voice command. The lawsuit complains about the fact that Google used the recordings from these “false accepts”. The court grants Google’s…

High School Can't Expel Student for Sharing Memes in Private Snapchat Conversation--JS v. Manheim Township School District

High School Can’t Expel Student for Sharing Memes in Private Snapchat Conversation–JS v. Manheim Township School District

During downtime at home, high schoolers JS and “Student 1” gossiped about their peer “Student 2” via private Snapchat. JS thought Student 2 looked like a school shooter based on his hair and his wearing a “Cannibal Corpse” t-shirt. (TIL:…

Fair Use Protects a Highly Cropped Photo--Harbus v. Manhattan Institute

Fair Use Protects a Highly Cropped Photo–Harbus v. Manhattan Institute

Harbus is a photographer. He owns the copyright to a photo of Gov. Cuomo. The Manhattan Institute is a conservative think tank. One of their fellows published an article in the New York Post (you can see the full photo…

Armslist Wins Another Section 230 Ruling--Stokinger v. Armslist

Armslist Wins Another Section 230 Ruling–Stokinger v. Armslist

This case involves the tragic shooting of a police officer. The shooter acquired the gun illegally from a seller who had acquired the gun via Armslist. Among other defendants, the victim sued Armslist for a variety of claims, including negligence….

A Sure Way to Ruin My Day: The Phrase "Enforceable Browsewrap"--HealthplanCRM v. Avmed

A Sure Way to Ruin My Day: The Phrase “Enforceable Browsewrap”–HealthplanCRM v. Avmed

Cavulus is a software licensor. Avmed is the customer/licensee. Avmed decided to migrate from Cavulus to Salesforce, and it asked vendor NTT to help with the data migration. Avmed purportedly sublicensed software access to NTT (as the license allegedly permitted),…

Another Suspended Twitter User Loses in Court--Wilson v. Twitter

Another Suspended Twitter User Loses in Court–Wilson v. Twitter

Wilson says he used his Twitter account to express his heterosexuality and Christianity. Twitter suspended the account, allegedly for hateful conduct. Wilson tried creating new accounts but was blocked. Wilson sued Twitter pro se for hundreds of millions of dollars….