Top Internet Law Developments of 2018

My schedule tends to get busy around each new year, so my year-end recaps keep coming later and later. I hope it’s better late than never. It’s been a rough year for Internet law. As I tweeted in June: When…

Best and Worst Internet Laws [Repost from Concurring Opinions’ Archive]

[In 2007, I guest-blogged at the group law professor blog Concurring Opinions. With the demise of that blog, I am now archiving my guest posts on my own blog. This post first appeared on February 15, 2007.] __ [Preface: I’ve already…

MySpace Sued for Facilitating Offline Sexual Assaults [Repost from Concurring Opinions’ Archive]

[In 2007, I guest-blogged at the group law professor blog Concurring Opinions. With the demise of that blog, I am now archiving my guest posts on my own blog. This post first appeared on January 18, 2007.] AP reports that four families…

The Florida Bar and Competitive Keyword Advertising: A Tragicomedy (in 3 Parts)

The Florida Bar and Competitive Keyword Advertising: A Tragicomedy (in 3 Parts)

In the late 2000s, keyword advertising was one of Internet Law’s hottest topics. Now, not so much. Relatively few lawsuits are filed; they rarely last long in court; and most trademark owners have moved on. But in the Florida Bar,…

Announcing the 2018 Edition of My Internet Law Casebook

Announcing the 2018 Edition of My Internet Law Casebook

I’m pleased to announce this year’s edition of my Internet Law casebook, Internet Law: Cases & Materials. It’s available for sale as a PDF at Gumroad for $10, as a Kindle book for $9.99, in hard copy at Amazon for…

Top Internet Law Developments of 2017 (Very Late)

Top Internet Law Developments of 2017 (Very Late)

[It’s a sign of my busy 2018 that I’m only now posting my annual Internet Law year-in-review recap. Better late than never?] 2017 was a generally OK year for me personally. My wife’s health has been stable, I was able…

Are Internet Access Providers Liable for Their Subscribers' Copyright Infringements?--UMG v. Grande

Are Internet Access Providers Liable for Their Subscribers’ Copyright Infringements?–UMG v. Grande

By 2018, you’d think it would be clear when Internet access providers (I HATE the term “ISP”) are liable for user-committed copyright infringements. After all, the 1995 Netcom case discussed Netcom’s functions as an IAP, and the DMCA in 1998 codified…

RSS Feeds I Still Subscribe To After a Dozen Years

I was rooting around my hard drive and I rediscovered this snapshot of my RSS subscriptions from May 2006. (I was using Bloglines as my RSS reader then…do you remember it?!). I’ve starred and bolded the feeds I’m still subscribed to…

Roundup of Materials from HTLI’s Content Moderation & Removal Conference

On February 2, 2018, the High Tech Law Institute held a groundbreaking conference, “Content Moderation and Removal at Scale.” The conference explored how Internet companies operationalize their content moderation and removal processes. Over 200 people attended the conference in person, and hundreds more watched…

Call for Papers: IAMCR 2018 in Oregon

I’m passing along this request from Loreto Corredoira, a communications and Internet Law professor at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, about the annual conference for the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR). The deadlines are approaching fast (sorry), so act promptly if…