Five Ways That the California Age-Appropriate Design Code (AADC/AB 2273) Is Radical Policy

Five Ways That the California Age-Appropriate Design Code (AADC/AB 2273) Is Radical Policy

When a proposed new law is sold as “protecting kids online,” regulators and commenters often accept the sponsors’ claims uncritically (because…kids). This is unfortunate because those bills can harbor ill-advised policy ideas. The California Age-Appropriate Design Code (AADC / AB2273,…

Wrapping Up the "Lessons from the First Internet Ages" Project (New Content Alert!)

Wrapping Up the “Lessons from the First Internet Ages” Project (New Content Alert!)

Last year, I was appointed a “Knight Visiting Scholar” along with Prof. Mary Anne Franks at the University of Miami. Working with John Sands and a team from the Knight Foundation, we assembled a major conference and an essay package…

1-800 Contacts Loses YET ANOTHER Trademark Lawsuit Over Competitive Keyword Ads--1-800 Contacts v. Warby Parker

1-800 Contacts Loses YET ANOTHER Trademark Lawsuit Over Competitive Keyword Ads–1-800 Contacts v. Warby Parker

1-800 Contacts first appeared on this blog on February 9, 2005, my second day of blogging. 17 years later, I’m still blogging their ignoble trademark lawsuits. 🤡 Some “highlights” of 1-800 Contacts’ trademark jurisprudence over the years: 1-800 Contacts v….

Will California Eliminate Anonymous Web Browsing? (Comments on CA AB 2273, The Age-Appropriate Design Code Act)

Will California Eliminate Anonymous Web Browsing? (Comments on CA AB 2273, The Age-Appropriate Design Code Act)

I’m continuing my coverage of dangerous Internet bills in the California legislature. This job is especially challenging during an election year, when legislators rally behind the “protect the kids” mantra to pursue bills  that are likely to hurt, or at…

Section 230 Protects Retweeting--Banaian v. Bascom

Section 230 Protects Retweeting–Banaian v. Bascom

[I’m forestalling more analysis of the Texas social media censorship law until we get some clarity on what happened and what’s next.] A student hacked the school website and added scandalous content about a teacher, Debbie Banaian, a/k/a “Banaianator.” [Aside:…

Minnesota Wants to Ban Under-18s From User-Generated Content Services

Minnesota Wants to Ban Under-18s From User-Generated Content Services

As part of an omnibus bill, the Minnesota House of Representatives passed a troubling bill restricting how under-18 users engage with user-generated content (UGC) services. [At the bottom of this post, I’ve included the text as passed by the Minnesota…

Wouldn't It Be Great if Internet Services Had To License Technologies Selected by Hollywood? (Comments on the Very Dumb "SMART Copyright Act")

Wouldn’t It Be Great if Internet Services Had To License Technologies Selected by Hollywood? (Comments on the Very Dumb “SMART Copyright Act”)

A new entry in Congress’ parade of terrible Internet bills: the ‘‘Strengthening Measures to Advance Rights Technologies Copyright Act of 2022’’ or ‘‘SMART Copyright Act of 2022.’’ The SMART Copyright Act is being pitched as a light update of the…

A 512(f) Plaintiff Wins at Trial! 👀--Alper Automotive v. Day to Day Imports

A 512(f) Plaintiff Wins at Trial! 👀–Alper Automotive v. Day to Day Imports

Background A refresher: in 1998, Congress created a notice-and-takedown scheme for user-submitted items that allegedly infringe copyright. Copyright owners send takedown notices, and service providers either remove the items or lose the safe harbor. Congress recognized how much power it…

Court Enjoins Texas' Attempt to Censor Social Media, and the Opinion Is a Major Development in Internet Law--NetChoice v. Paxton

Court Enjoins Texas’ Attempt to Censor Social Media, and the Opinion Is a Major Development in Internet Law–NetChoice v. Paxton

Earlier this year, the Texas legislature enacted HB 20, a blatant attempt to censor social media service. The Texas law emulated a similar Florida censorship law. In June, a Florida district court enjoined based on the First Amendment and Section…

Previewing the "Lessons from the First Internet Ages" Symposium

Previewing the “Lessons from the First Internet Ages” Symposium

As I mentioned, I’m part of a team organizing a special virtual event called the “Lessons from the First Internet Ages Symposium.” The event starts tomorrow 10am Pacific, and it’s not too late to sign up! The event will explore…