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Waiting on New Web Domain Names

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The ever-expanding World Wide Web has gotten even bigger with the Jan. 29 rollout of new domain possibilities beyond the .com spectrum. But if you own a small business, is a new domain your best bet or just a bluff? A Wall Street Journal poll reported that a majority of Web domains still ended in […]

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Written by Phil Corso

March 24th, 2014 at 7:59 am

Will Identity of Anonymous Law School Scamblogger Be Revealed?

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The Michigan Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear arguments on whether the identity of an anonymous blogger who has criticized the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law should be revealed. The blogger is a former student of the school; Cooley Law School sued him for defamation when he and some commenters on his site […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

December 12th, 2012 at 12:34 pm

$222,000 Illegal Downloading Damages Award Reinstated

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The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has reinstated the $222,000 damages award against a woman the music industry says illegally downloaded and shared music online. The legal proceedings brought by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) against Jammie Thomas-Rasset have been going on for six years; originally the RIAA sued Thomas-Rasset alleging she illegally […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

September 19th, 2012 at 6:05 am

Romney’s Video Reinstated to YouTube After Copyright Infringement Claim

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YouTube pulled down then replaced Mitt Romney’s campaign spot “Political Payoffs and Middle Class Layoffs,” apparently finding a copyright infringement claim by BMG Rights Management to be baseless. The dispute was over a clip of President Obama’s crooning of a line of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” at Harlem’s Apollo Theater. BMG owns the rights […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

July 25th, 2012 at 10:12 am

SCOTUS Declines to Hear Appeal in Illegal Downloading Case

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The United States Supreme Court has declined to review the $675,000 fine Joel Tenenbaum had been ordered to pay for illegally downloading and sharing music. As we told you at LegalZoom.com back in September 2011: The Recording Industry Association of America originally sued the student, Joel Tenenbaum, in 2009. A jury subsequently found him guilty […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

May 22nd, 2012 at 11:20 am

Posted in Internet Law,Technology

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EFF Raises Privacy Concerns About AIM Upgrade

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AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) has released an upgrade, but the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has recommended that AIM users “not switch to the new version, as it introduces important privacy-unfriendly features.” Why the concern from the EFF? According to the statement, the new system “started storing more logs of communications and . . . apparently […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

January 4th, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Posted in Internet Law,Privacy

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Quantifying the Value of a Twitter Follower

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The New York Times reports that Phonedog.com is suing a former employee for the value of Twitter followers he accumulated during the course of their business relationship. According to what Noah Kravitz told the NY Times, he ended his tenure with Phonedog on good terms, so when the company asked him to send out the […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

December 30th, 2011 at 5:48 am

Dump GoDaddy Day Movement Picks Up Momentum

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Mashable reports that Reddit user SelfProdigy’s declaration that December 29 should be Dump GoDaddy Day is gaining momentum across the online community. The suggestion is based on frustration with GoDaddy’s initial support of the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which is making its way through Congress. The proposed provisions of the anti-piracy SOPA are […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

December 27th, 2011 at 9:04 am

Posted in Internet Law,Legislation

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FTC and Facebook Come to Privacy Agreement

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Facebook and privacy concerns have been walking hand in hand for years now, and now the social media giant has agreed to tighter controls by the Federal Trade Commission, including regular privacy audits conducted by an independent agency biannually for the next 20 years. The agreement comes between the FTC and Facebook on the heels […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

December 2nd, 2011 at 5:32 am

Posted in Internet Law,Privacy

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Twitter Must Turn Over Data in WikiLeaks Case

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A federal court judge has ruled that the private Twitter information of three WikiLeaks associates must be handed over to a grand jury investigating the case; the 60-page memorandum opinion (PDF) penned by Judge Liam O’Grady upheld a previous decision by a Magistrate Judge Theresa Carroll Buchanan. Birgitta Jonsdottir, a member of Iceland’s parliament, and […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

November 11th, 2011 at 5:52 pm