Internet Cases is a weblog written by attorneys, and tracks court decisions, legislative activity and policy discussions affecting the Internet. The blog’s entries focus on topics including intellectual property, new media, online commerce and privacy. The editor in chief is Evan Brown. Brian Beckham is a contributor to Internet Cases, and frequently covers matters dealing with trademarks, domain names, and online branding.
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A little bit off topic — hope you don’t mind… I had a great time being on FourCast yesterday (video embedded below) with hosts Tom Merrit and Scott Johnson, and with Shannon Morse. We talked about encountering rogue planets with subterranean life, nanobots affecting thoughts and...
Spreadbury v. Bitterroot Public Library, 2012 WL 734163 (D. Montana, March 6, 2012) Plaintiff was upset at some local government officials, and ended up getting arrested for allegedly trespassing at the public library. Local newspapers covered the story, including on their websites. Some online...
PFLAG v. Camdenton R–III School Dist., 2012 WL 510877 (W.D.Mo. Feb. 16, 2012) Several website publishers that provide supportive resources directed at lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth filed a First Amendment lawsuit against a school district over the district’s use of...
Had a great time hosting This Week in Law Episode 150, which we recorded on February 24. (Thanks to Denise Howell for handing over the hosting reins while she was off for the week.) It was a really fun conversation with three very smart panelists — Mike Godwin, Greg Sergienko and Jonathan...
Court refuses to consider common law invasion of privacy tort to support restraining order under Minnesota statute. Olson v. LaBrie, 2012 WL 426585 (Minn. App. February 13, 2012) Appellant sought a restraining order against his uncle, saying that his uncle engaged in harassment by posting family...
Court invokes notion of “contextual integrity” to evaluate social media user’s online behavior. Rubino v. City of New York, 2012 WL 373101 (N.Y. Sup. February 1, 2012) The day after a student drowned at the beach while on a field trip, a fifth grade teacher updated her Facebook...
Patent trolls, open source, do not track, SOPA, PIPA and much, much more: Facebook’s IPO filing has a real zoo of issues. The securities laws require that companies going public identify risk factors that could adversely affect the company’s stock. Facebook’s S-1 filing, which it...
I was honored to be a guest on this morning’s episode of Oregon Public Broadcasting’s show Listen Out Loud, talking with host Dave Miller about the recent case of Schlossberg v. Solesbee. Listen to the interview here: MP3 We talked about the Fourth Amendment and, more specifically, the...
The 2012 presidential election cycle is already giving internet law enthusiasts things to talk about. Last week it was Ron Paul’s grumblings about an unauthorized campaign ad on YouTube. Now NBC is moaning about a Mitt Romney ad comprised almost entirely of Tom Brokaw on the Nightly News in...
If I left my coat in a taxi that was later impounded because, unknown to me, the driver was transporting heroin in the trunk, would I be left out in the cold? People who used Megaupload to lawfully store and transfer files are rightfully upset that their stuff is unavailable after last week’s...