Cox Loses DMCA Safe Harbor but Gets a New Trial on Contributory Infringement--BMG v. Cox

Cox Loses DMCA Safe Harbor but Gets a New Trial on Contributory Infringement–BMG v. Cox

BMG sued Cox for the alleged copyright infringement of its users. The court described Cox’s “graduated” policy for terminating subscribers: The first notice alleging a subscriber’s infringement produces no action from Cox. The second through seventh notices result in warning emails…

Twitter Defamation Claim Defeated by a Question Mark--Boulger v. Woods

Twitter Defamation Claim Defeated by a Question Mark–Boulger v. Woods

This is a defamation lawsuit brought against James Woods by a woman (Portia Boulger) who was wrongly identified as a Nazi supporter online. In March, candidate Trump had a rally in Chicago. The Tribune posted a photo of a woman…

Plaintiff's Location-Based Privacy Claim Against BART Reporting App Fails

Plaintiff’s Location-Based Privacy Claim Against BART Reporting App Fails

In Moreno v. S.F. Bay Area Rapid Transit District, the plaintiff sued BART and Elerts Corporation for allegedly violating several California privacy statutes and infringing plaintiff’s common law and constitutional privacy rights. The court rejects the claims. BART, in cooperation…

Narrow Definition of "Personally Identifiable Information" Kills VPPA Case--Eichenberger v. ESPN

Narrow Definition of “Personally Identifiable Information” Kills VPPA Case–Eichenberger v. ESPN

This is a Video Privacy Protection Act case. Plaintiff downloaded the WatchESPN channel on his Roku device and used it to watch videos. When he watched a video, ESPN disclosed the plaintiff’s device serial number and video title to Adobe Analytics….

Facebook Defeats Lawsuit Over Tracking Logged-Out Users--In re Facebook Internet Tracking

Facebook Defeats Lawsuit Over Tracking Logged-Out Users–In re Facebook Internet Tracking

Facebook allegedly improperly tracked the activity of logged-out Facebook users on third party websites. Plaintiffs asserted claims based on common law rights and based on federal and state statutes, but the court previously rejected those. In the latest ruling, the court…

Privacy Plaintiffs Lack Standing Against NBA 2K15’s Face-Scanning Technology

This is a putative class action lawsuit against Take-Two, the video game publisher. Plaintiffs allege that the “MyPlayer” feature on NBA 2K15 violated Illinois’ biometric information privacy statute. The feature allowed players to upload a face-scan and then use a…

Repeated Unwanted Emails to Politician's Personal Email Address Can be Harassment--Hagedorn v. Cattani

Repeated Unwanted Emails to Politician’s Personal Email Address Can be Harassment–Hagedorn v. Cattani

This is a First Amendment retaliation case. Plaintiff alleges that local officials retaliated against her for exercising her First Amendment rights. One of the defendants is mayor of the small village where plaintiff resided (Timberlake, “a small village of six-…

Court Rejects Gossip Site's Fair Use Defense--Barcroft v. Coed Media

Court Rejects Gossip Site’s Fair Use Defense–Barcroft v. Coed Media

This is a copyright lawsuit by owners of celebrity photos against a gossip and entertainment website. It’s noteworthy because it went to trial and the plaintiffs prevailed, but the damage award is modest. The court finds that plaintiffs owns or validly…

App Listening For Audio Beacons May Be Illegal Wiretapping--Rackemann v. Colts

App Listening For Audio Beacons May Be Illegal Wiretapping–Rackemann v. Colts

This is a lawsuit against the Colts and app developers, alleging that the Colts’ app activates a device’s microphone and temporarily records portions of audio, for advertising purposes. The app monitors the audio for “beacon tones” which are then used…

Ninth Circuit Blesses Amazon's Terms of Service

Ninth Circuit Blesses Amazon’s Terms of Service

Plaintiff appealed from a district court order granting Amazon’s motion to compel arbitration based on an arbitration clause in its “Conditions of Use.” My blog post on the trial court ruling: “Court Enforces Arbitration Clause in Amazon’s Terms of Service–Fagerstrom…