The U.S. Department of Justice Defends Section 230's Constitutionality

The DOJ stirred up some chatter when it announced that it was defending Section 230’s constitutionality in Trump’s lawsuits against the social media services. I wasn’t sure why so many people were buzzing about the move. The DOJ had previously…

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…

Catching Up on NetChoice v. Paxton, the Challenge to Texas' Social Media Censorship Law

Earlier this year, Texas enacted a brazenly censorial #MAGA bill, HB 20. My blog post analyzing the law. The law goes into effect on December 2 if it’s not enjoined, so a court decision should come in the next few…

Comments on the Copyright Office's Copyright Claims Board Rulemaking

A year ago, at the nadir of the Trump era, Congress attached the CASE Act to an unrelated must-pass bill and authorized a new “small claims court” for copyright owners (called the Copyright Claims Board, or CCB) housed in the…

Evidentiary Issues With Emojis

[I did an interview for a student research project on emojis as evidence, which I’m sharing here.] Tell us a little bit about yourself! What do you work with today? What’s your background and how did you get the role…

City Government Can't Remove Off-Topic Comments From Its Social Media Page--Kimsey v. Sammamish

Sammamish is a city in the greater Seattle metro area. It operates a Facebook page entitled “City of Sammamish – Government.” City employees post about events, public safety, and more. The city also livestreamed its city council meetings on its…

One More Time: Facebook Isn't a State Actor--Atkinson v. Facebook

Cameron Atkinson self-describes as “a Christian, a trial and appellate lawyer at Pattis & Smith, LLC, a former business consultant, a published constitutional scholar, and a general hell-raiser.” Publicly testing his appellate/Conlaw chops and hell-raising skills, he took his own…

Section 230 Helps Facebook and TikTok Defeat Claim Over Harassment Campaign--Winter v. Facebook

The plaintiffs claim a third party, Dolan, “engaged in a pattern of behavior that resulted in the harassment of the Plaintiffs on her social media accounts” due to “Facebook and TikTok’s failure to take down [ ] false abusive posts…

All of Trump's Social Media Lawsuits Now Have Been Transferred to the Defendants' Home Courts--Trump v. Facebook

In July, Trump sued Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook for terminating his accounts in three separate doomed-to-fail lawsuits. The lawsuits were filed in Trump’s home court of Southern District of Florida. The three defendants all filed motions to transfer the cases…

Are Individual Emoji Depictions Copyrightable? Yes...Well, Sometimes...It Depends...

Though it might surprise you, copyright can protect individual emoji depictions. However, determining when they are copyrightable is a subtle art. This summer, the Copyright Review Board issued an interesting decision about the registrability of emojis. Though it won’t be the…