Estate of Denial: “For a man who’s been diagnosed with diabetes, you’d never guess that about Steven Cooksey. His life choices fly directly in the face of the American Diabetes Association’s recommendations for people living with the disease. He maintains a no-grain/low-carbohydrate diet, commonly known as the Paleo diet, and as a result [...]
time.com: An employment opening on craigslist.com offers a position to someone who can update the user experience. This article imagines the possibilities.
Based on a sample of nearly one billion transactions selected by U.S.-based e-commerce merchants and a review of online activity for the first quarter of 2012, ThreatMetrix ranked Phoenix No.22 when it comes to online fraud. Read more…
forbes.com: According to the latest from Forbes, Fox news employee who provided material to the Gawker to expose the “seedy underbelly” (not our choice of words) of Fox news may have more than a civil lawsuit on his hands. According to New York state law, he may have committed a crime. Fox News says he’s [...]
The U. S. Patent and Trademark Office, together with the Economics and Statistics Administration, has just released a report on Intellectual Property’s effect on the U. S. economy. You can find the report here.
The take-away message is that in 2010, Intellectual-Property-intensive industries, directly or indirectly, generated 40 million jobs in the U. S. In [...]
For the second time in the same number of weeks, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the circuit that hears all patent infringement appeals, has found software claims indefinite because the claims used means-plus-function language, but the specification did not, in the court’s opinion, sufficiently describe an algorithm that operates to make the [...]
The 4th Circuit has reinstated Rosetta Stone’s case against Google based on Google using (selling) Rosetta Stone’s trademarks to other advertisers. For more information see this article by Geri Haight.
A New York State Court has refused to enforce a forum selection clause because the clause was buried in the website and not easy to find. “Under an evolving and still-developing body of federal and state law, an e-commerce merchant can condition its sales upon a mandatory forum selection provision through various means, including an exchange [...]
As the law evolves, your computer usage policies adopted in your company should evolve, as well. This article details some of the changes you may want to consider.
What? You don’t have a computer usage policy for your company? You should, especially if you have employees.
Phoenix New Times: “Arizona’s House Bill 2549, which was labeled by one critic as a “bill to censor electronic speech,” has been stopped, according to one of the bill’s sponsors.
As we’ve already mentioned twice before, the bill was never transferred to the governor, contrary to the numerous media reports saying [...]
Reuters: “AOL Inc on Friday won the dismissal of a lawsuit by unpaid bloggers who complained they were deprived of their fair share of the roughly $315 million that the company paid last March to buy The Huffington Post website. . . . “no one forced” the bloggers to repeatedly provide their work [...]
Estate of Denial: The Cato Institute’s Julian Sanchez provides important perspective regarding public outcries over the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and PROTECT-IP Act (PIPA) by reminding of how the FBI already has significant power when it comes to internet regulation. That certainly doesn’t mean that apparently successful protests over these two acts [...]
ABA Journal: Wikipedia is planning to protest anti-piracy legislation with a 24-hour blackout of its English-language website on Wednesday.
The nonprofit that operates the online encyclopedia written by its readers said in a statement that the legislation would harm the free and open Internet, report Bloomberg News, the Wall Street Journal [...]
ABA Journal: Some workers who beef about the workplace on Facebook and Twitter may be protected from firing or discipline because they are engaging in “protected concerted activity,” according to a report by the National Labor Relations Board.
The report by acting general counsel Lafe Solomon discusses the outcome of investigations [...]
ABA Journal: A Manhattan lawyer says he has lost clients because of online posts claiming he is a cheating “scum” who dumped his girlfriends.
Matthew Couloute Jr. is fighting back with a federal lawsuit filed against two ex-girlfriends, including former roller derby queen Stacey Blitsch, the New York Post reports. Couloute, [...]
The Volokh Conspiracy: An interesting decision, stemming from the Wolk v. Olson litigation. Here’s the legal background: A publisher is generally not be liable once the statute of limitations (generally a year or longer) has run since the original publication. At that point, under the “single publication rule” — which is generally accepted [...]
Tax Prof Blog: Amazon.com Inc., the world’s largest online retailer, hasn’t charged sales tax in most states since its founding in 1994. And it has taken some extreme measures to keep it that way.
Among them: Staff traveling around the U.S. have been required to first consult a company map that shades [...]
NY Post: If Congress had to name laws honestly, it would be called the “Forcing Your Internet Provider to Spy On You Just In Case You’re a Criminal Act of 2011″ — a costly, invasive mandate that even the co-author of the Patriot Act, Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.), says “runs roughshod over the [...]
ABA Journal: A company that sued a so-called Twittersquatter for using its name to post sarcastic tweets has dropped its legal effort.
Coventry First dropped the suit late Tuesday, according to Public Citizen’s Consumer Law & Policy Blog. Public Citizen had defended the anonymous person who used the @coventryfirst handle. (The author [...]
Freep.com: “A Rochester Hills man faces up to 5 years in prison — for reading his wife’s e-mail. Oakland County prosecutors, relying on a Michigan statute typically used to prosecute crimes such as identity theft or stealing trade secrets, have charged Leon Walker, 33, with a felony after he logged onto a laptop [...]
My Way: “Eight years ago, [Daniel] Balsam was working as a marketer when he received one too many e-mail pitches to enlarge his breasts. Enraged, he launched a Web site called Danhatesspam.com, quit a career in marketing to go to law school and is making a decent living suing companies who flood his [...]
Wall St. Journal: “The Federal Communications Commission’s new ‘net neutrality’ rules, passed on a partisan 3-2 vote . . . represent a huge win for a slick lobbying campaign run by liberal activist groups and foundations. The losers are likely to be consumers who will see innovation and investment chilled by regulations that [...]
Washington Post: “The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission plans to announce Wednesday a controversial proposal that would prohibit Internet providers from favoring or discriminating against any traffic that goes over their networks.”
See another story on this topic at the Wall St. Journal called “FCC Sets Net-Neutrality Vote.”
For more on unelected bureaucrats making [...]
The Hill: “Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has seized dozens of domain names over the past few days . . . . ICE appears to be targeting sites that help Internet users download copyrighted music, as well as sites that sell bootleg goods, such as fake designer handbags.”
See “U.S. Government [...]
Internet Cases: “Plaintiff eventually got kicked off of Facebook because she allegedly harassed other users, doing things like sending friend requests to people she did not know. When Facebook refused to reactivate plaintiff’s account (even after she drove from her home in Maryland to Facebook’s California offices twice), she sued. Facebook moved to [...]
Arizona Republic: “A proposal that could add hundreds of new Internet domain names to the network beginning as early as next year has industry insiders concerned about confused users, squabbling businesses and security.”