A Closer Look at a Troubling Anti-Scraping Ruling from Spring–Compulife Software v. Newman (Guest Blog Post)

by guest blogger Kieran McCarthy Compulife Software, Inc. v. Newman is the first circuit court case in more than half a decade to expand liability for web scrapers under state and federal law. The two most recent circuit court opinions…

Q2 2020 Quick Links (Everything)

Copyright * Sony Music Entertainment v. Cox Communications, Inc., 2020 WL 3121306 (E.D. Va. June 2, 2020). Each downloaded song file generally can support its own statutory damage, but “compilations” only get one statutory damages award, and no double-counting of…

Court Partially Enforces Amazon's Non-Compete Against Employee Who Joined Google--Amazon v. Moyer

Court Partially Enforces Amazon’s Non-Compete Against Employee Who Joined Google–Amazon v. Moyer

Moyer was employed at Amazon as its Director of Sales for AWS’ “global financial services” and signed a non-compete. He left Amazon and joined Google as its VP of “Healthcare, Google Cloud”. Amazon sought to enforce the non-compete lawsuit in…

1H 2019 Quick Links, Part 1 (Copyright & More)

Copyright * Long v. Dorset, 2019 WL 861424 (N.D. Cal. Feb. 22, 2019). Dorset allegedly locked Long out of his Facebook page. Access was restored in 5 business days. The court says that’s expeditious enough for DMCA notice-and-takedown purposes: Plaintiff’s…

Ex-Employee's Continued Use of Twitter Account May Be Conversion--Farm Journal v. Johnson

Ex-Employee’s Continued Use of Twitter Account May Be Conversion–Farm Journal v. Johnson

This is another ownership dispute over a Twitter account. We last blogged this topic several years ago, and none of the disputes we’ve seen have resulted in any definitive rulings. Plaintiff publishes trade publications in the agricultural sector, including “The…

2H 2018 Quick Links, Part 6 (IP, E-Commerce, Censorship, & More)

Intellectual Property * Daniel v. FanDuel (Ind. Oct. 24, 2018): “online fantasy sports operators that condition entry to contests on payment and distribute cash prizes do not violate the Indiana right of publicity statute when those organizations use the names, pictures,…

Is the DTSA Ex Parte Seizure Provision Constitutional?

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) has been law for 2 1/2 years. At this point, it’s pretty clear the DTSA ex parte seizure provision never belonged in the statute. Courts have ordered only a few ex parte seizures, and…

Video Advertising Contract Descends Into Possible "Cyberattack"--Radian Weapons v. GY6Vids

Video Advertising Contract Descends Into Possible “Cyberattack”–Radian Weapons v. GY6Vids

This is a lawsuit between Radian Weapons and GY6Vids, a company that Radian hired to promote Radian’s products on YouTube. (GY’s YouTube channel currently has almost seven hundred thousand subscribers. Press coverage of the lawsuit from The Bulletin here.) The…

Section 230 Applies to Defend Trade Secret Act Claims–Craft Beer Stellar v. Glassdoor

Glassdoor is a consumer review site for employees reviewing employers. The plaintiff in this case is a franchisor. Purported employees of a franchisee posted six negative reviews about the franchisee on Glassdoor. The reviews mentioned the francishor’s CEO,  Suzanne Schalow,…

Q2 2018 Quick Links, Part 5 (Potpourri)

My email inbox has gotten out of control, and I had to declare partial email bankruptcy. In this post, I’m largely quoting highlights from 18 cases I had flagged for closer review or possible posting over the past 18 months…