February 2007 Quick Links

By Eric Goldman * The California Highway Patrol (which, for reasons unclear to me, has investigatory power here) has concluded that the Angelides campaign did not break any laws when they reverse-guessed URLs on Schwarzenegger’s website and found an unrestricted…

Search Engines Defeat “Must-Carry” Lawsuit–Langdon v. Google

By Eric Goldman Langdon v. Google, Inc., 2007 WL 530156 (D. Del. Feb. 20, 2007). My write-up on Langdon’s complaint from last summer. Langdon is a griper. He sought to buy ads on the major search engines to advance his…

January 2007 Quick Links

By Eric Goldman * Marketers (including Microsoft) are paying authors to write Wikipedia entries. Surprised?! * Also on the topic of Wikipedia and marketers, Wikipedia has tagged all of their pages NOFOLLOW so that there’s no way a marketer or…

December 2006 Quick Links

By Eric Goldman * JP Enterprises, Inc. v. HDVE, LLC, 1:06-cv-01046-REB-PAC (D. Colo.). In June 2006, JP Enterprises sued Yahoo for selling its trademarks for keyword-triggered ads. In December, JP Enterprises and Yahoo stipulated a dismissal of the case against…

Click Fraud Presentation

By Eric Goldman I’m giving a presentation today on click fraud at the Stanford event I previously blogged about. My slides. Some of the points I plan to make about these slides: * there is no uniform definition of click…

Click Fraud Panel Nov. 13 at Stanford Law School

By Eric Goldman I’m passing along notice of this event next week that you might find interesting. If you’re in the Bay Area, it would be a delight to see you there. _____ The Stanford Law School Center for Ecommerce,…

October 2006 Quick Links

By Eric Goldman * All the media wants to do is talk about Google. All Google, all the time. Three major pieces in the span of three days: The NYT on lawsuits against Google. The WSJ on Google’s hiring practices….

Sex.com — An Update

By Eric Goldman Judge Alex Kozinski recently guest lectured in my Cyberspace Law course, which prompted me to reread Kozinski’s opinion in the Kremen v. Cohen Sex.com case. Because that opinion came out in 2003, it made me curious–what’s happened…

Google AdWords Contract Upheld–Person v. Google

By Eric Goldman Person v. Google Inc., 2006 WL 2884444 (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 11, 2006) Carl Person is a candidate for New York’s Attorney General and an AdWords advertiser. He complains about a variety of Google’s AdWords’ policies, including its minimum…

New York v. Direct Revenue Amicus Brief

By Eric Goldman David Post, Scott Christie and I have filed an amicus brief in New York v. Direct Revenue LLC, No. 401325/06 (N.Y. Supreme Ct.), one of Spitzer’s office’s high-profile enforcement actions against adware companies. Among other aggressive positions,…