Archive for the ‘Internet Law’ Category
Earlier this week, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to to adopt so-called “net neutrality” rules intended to prevent major Internet companies from controlling what sites their users can access online. President Obama supports the new regulations, which “will prohibit phone and cable companies from favoring or discriminating against Internet content and services that travel [...]
The Obama Administration is taking some bold steps in the area of Internet privacy that would not only create new legislation but also a new position to oversee the changes, which would involve the dissemination of consumer data. Indeed, a task force headed by Cameron Kerry, brother of Sen. John Kerry, and Christopher Schroeder, assistant [...]
When Frank Zappa’s wife Gail found out about a music festival in Germany that honors her late husband, she wasn’t happy about the name that was chosen: Zappanale. So she sued, alleging European Union trademark infringement on behalf of Zappa’s estate. But the Higher Regional Court in Dusseldorf recently ruled that even though the Zappa [...]
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has filed a 134-page lawsuit against Go Daddy, the web hosting company and domain registrar, alleging rampant cybersquatting. “Cybersquatting” occurs when someone purchases, registers, trafficks, or otherwise uses a domain name confusingly similar to a personal name or trademark; the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA),” passed in [...]
The other day we talked about possible defamation via eBay feedback, and now there’s another defamation suit based on comments made on the Internet. This time, T & J Towing in Kalamazoo, Michigan alleges that a college student’s Facebook group called “Kalamazoo Residents against T & J Towing” is costing the business lost contracts and [...]
Online eBay seller Elliot Miller has sued buyer Michael Steadman for $15,000, alleging defamation based on negative comments Steadman left on Miller’s profile after what he considered a bad buying experience. The suit arose out of a disagreement over a clock Steadman bought from Miller for $44 in 2008; Steadman alleges that the clock came [...]
As Google awaits word on whether its proposed $125 million settlement with authors and publishers over Google Book Search will be approved by a judge, the search engine giant has been slapped with another class action lawsuit. This time the plaintiffs are photographers and graphic artists who claim that the scanned book images of Google Book Search violate their copyrights.
The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has struck down a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) order to Comcast requiring so-called “net neutrality,” the equal treatment of all Internet content by service providers.