All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Legal’

Viacom Goose, Google Gander

The Viacom Google saga gets pretty sticky in terms of ironic and embarrassing potentialities. It’s yet unknown how effective the anonymized data being transferred will be at protecting YouTube identities. Further, what looks like a coup for Viacom could be a nice strategic move on Google’s part.

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Newspaper Sues Nebraska Fan Over Fake Online Article

The Oklahoma Publishing Co. and a sports writer for the Oklahoman are suing a Nebraska football fan that confessed to writing a bogus online article about two University of Oklahoma quarterbacks.

The 10-count civil lawsuit says James W. Conradt committed libel, copyright violations and trademark infringements.

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New Zealand Teen Hacker Escapes Charges

A New Zealand teenager who confessed to a major role in a worldwide cyber-crime ring, which led to millions of dollars of losses, was discharged from court yesterday without any conviction.

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Lawyer Derided Over Google Domain Ad Suit

The litigant sought class action status for his lawsuit after an investment of $136.11 failed to bring him conversions from parked domains.

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Study Urges Legalizing Online Gambling

The U.S. and Canada should legalize and control online gambling to reduce negative effects, because gamblers play more aggressively online than they do in casinos, according to a joint study by the University of Western Ontario in Canada and the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.

The study found that even though online gambling is illegal in the U.S. and Canada it is still easy for gamblers to gain access to sites that are located in other countries. More than $10 billion is spent annually worldwide by people gambling online.

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YouTube Hangs On To Viewer Privacy

The video sharing service managed to keep Viacom from sneaking a peek at the viewing histories of its users.

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eBay Wins Counterfeit Suit

eBay has won a major legal victory today, after a federal judge ruled that Tiffany was not able to prove the online auction company was responsible for the sale of counterfeit Tiffany jewelry on its Web site.

 The 2004 lawsuit brought by Tiffany in U.S. District Court in New York and the ruling in eBay’s favor could influence how business is done online.

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Did Googlers Upload Viacom Videos To YouTube?

Viacom wants to know if anyone with Google or YouTube happened to push some of the content company’s work onto the video sharing site.

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States Join Feds In Vetting Google, Yahoo Deal

Search advertising by Google, search results by Yahoo, and a lot of scrutiny at the federal level received another layer of interest, this time from state governments.

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Viacom Sued Over Music-Related Infringement

Game maker Konami wants to stop Viacom’s Harmonix from selling the highly popular Rock Band simulation game and instruments due to alleged patent infringements.

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FCC Penalty For Comcast? Fuggedaboutit

That possible sanction for Comcast’s admitted use of traffic shaping software to interfere with customer broadband accounts when using peer to peer software apparently evaporated after further review.

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Comcast Facing FCC Penalty Over P2P Practices

By engaging in traffic shaping to slow down heavy users of its Internet service, Comcast may be on the brink of receiving a penalty from the Federal Communications Commission.

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Microsoft’s Yahoo Interest: Patently Paid Search

Way back in the pre-publicly traded days of Google, the search advertising company settled a patent case with Yahoo. Four years later, that settlement may be key to Microsoft’s interest in Yahoo’s paid search business.

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Blog Comment Ownership Question Resurrected

This is a topic destined for a courtroom one day, bitter enemies formed along the way: Can a blog publisher collect blog comments and publish them in a book? We addressed this topic weeks ago, with no definitive answer. The question arises again today as a result of simultaneous, otherwise minor, occurrences.

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Hey Google, What Happened To SpongeBob?

Humorously enough, Google planned to go the video distribution route a couple of years ago, similar to their plans for Seth McFarlane’s online-only comedy series.

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Microsoft Calls EU Fine “Excessive”

Microsoft has informed a European Union court that an antitrust fine of $1.4 billion against it is excessive and disproportionate.

In February the European Commission said that Microsoft used high prices to reduce competition and did not follow through on sanctions imposed against it as part of the case. Microsoft is appealing the fine it received in February.

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Viacom Wins YouTube Viewing Records In Court

As part of the discovery process in the ongoing court fight between Viacom and Google, Viacom gained access to the log data for every video viewed on YouTube.

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Justice Department Steps Up Google, Yahoo Probe

Antitrust regulators will take a closer look at the potential implications of an advertising deal made by Google and Yahoo last month.

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eBay Fined $61 Million By French Court

A Paris court has ordered eBay to pay $61 million (38.6 million euros) to luxury goods designer LVMH for allowing counterfeit merchandise to be sold on the auction site.

The decision comes about a month after a French court ordered eBay to pay $30,000 to luxury goods maker Hermes for its role in the sale of fake handbags.

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New California Law Bans Mobile Phones While Driving

Beginning on July 1 a new hands free mobile phone law goes into effect in California.

Motorists face a $20 fine plus fees for a first offense and a $50 fine plus fees for a second violation. Drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from using a mobile phone or a hands free device while operating a motor vehicle.

Drivers will be allowed to use a mobile phone while driving to make emergency calls to a law enforcement agency, a medical provider, the fire department or other emergency agencies.

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Scotland May Jail Indecent Emailers

While it’s strangely comforting to know daft, prudish politicians aren’t restricted to petering along on American marble, join me in echoing any middle-fingered dissent arising in Scotland (and you know their kilts are flying up over this one) around lawmakers’ plan to criminalize people who "communicate indecently" via email, text message or other media.

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Senators Oppose Laptop Border Searches

The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) have the power to search, copy contents or seize laptops or mobile devices when travelers re-enter the U.S.

U.S. Senators Russell Feingold, a Wisconsin Democrat, and Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, are calling on the CBP to amend its policy that allows frequent searches of laptops, digital cameras and mobile devices at the borders.

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Judge Rules ConnectU Must Honor Facebook Settlement

A federal judge has ruled that ConnectU must honor a legal settlement with Facebook.

ConnectU founders had attempted to reopen the lawsuit after they said they found new evidence to support their case that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg had stolen source code and ideas from them while they all were attending Harvard.

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Another Billion Dollar Lawsuit Against Google

It’s not a media company like Viacom this time, but a small software company that alleges Google took its idea and bundled it into Google Apps.

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When All Else Fails, Ask The Google

Internet obscenity trials are all the rage these days, what with the recent antics of a particular federal judge in the news. In another such case being tried in Florida, a defense attorney has turned to Google Trends to tell him whether a certain kind of content really "violates community standards."

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Congressional Concerns Confront Google-Yahoo Deal

Antitrust concerns aside, or at least within the purview of another committee, both houses of Congress face the need to consider regulation of online advertising.

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Google Sued Over Email Tool

A small software startup called LimitNone has filed a lawsuit against Google alleging that Google copied a tool that moves email users from Microsoft Outlook to Google’s Gmail.

LimitNone claims that Google blocked the company from an estimated "$950 million dollar opportunity" by developing its "Google Email Uploader" as a competitor to LimitNone’s similar tool called gMove.

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Google Gives Up Gmail Name In Germany

After years of trying to wrest the rights to the Gmail name away from a German businessman, Google decided to abandon the fight.

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Judge Closes Facebook-ConnectU Proceedings

Anybody not wanting to hear the details of the Facebook-ConnectU case may be able to sigh with relief.  Everyone else might be out of luck.  Judge James Ware has closed the first part of the proceedings to both the public and the press.

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Court Rules Workers Texts Are Private

Employees have a "reasonable expectation of privacy" for text messages under the U.S. constitution, a federal appeals court in California ruled Wednesday.

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Vermont Ushers In Virtual Corporations

Though physically based in California, Google and Yahoo are, for official purposes, Delaware corporations because of the state’s corporate-friendly policies. You’ve probably heard the radio commercials about the (tax) benefits of setting up a Nevada LLC. Get ready, then, for some promotion of Vermont’s "virtual corporations."

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FDA Cracks Down On Online Claims Of Cancer Cures

The Food and Drug Administration is alerting consumers not to purchase products on the Internet that fraudulently claim to cure cancer.

The FDA has sent warning letters to 23 U.S. companies, 1 Canadian, and 1 Australian company asking them to stop selling 125 products that claim to cure, treat or prevent cancer.

"Although promotions of bogus cancer ‘cures’ have always been a problem, the Internet has provided a mechanism for them to flourish," said Margaret O’K. Glavin, the FDA’s associate commissioner for regulatory affairs.

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Kentucky Blog Blacklist Case Settled

A federal lawsuit filed by a Kentucky blogger against former Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Commonwealth of Kentucky has been settled. Under the terms of the settlement, the Commonwealth agrees to apply a "viewpoint-neutral" policy to blogs and websites accessed by state-owned computers.

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Yahoo Shareholders Think Less Of Board Change

Rather than having security escort all of Yahoo’s current board off the premises, some major Yahoo investors think there’s room for a mix of old and new directors running the show.

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Woman Pleads Not Guilty In MySpace Suicide Case

A Missouri woman who prosecutors say caused a 13-year-old neighbor girl to commit suicide by harassing her through MySpace pleaded not guilty to federal charges.

Lori Drew, who created a phony MySpace profile and posed as a 16-year-old boy to flirt with and then later reject neighbor Megan Meier, entered a not guilty plea to charges of conspiracy of accessing a protected computer to get information.

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MySpace Wins $6 Million In Spam Suit

A Westminster, Colorado Internet marketing company has been ordered to pay MySpace $6 million in damages and legal fees for spamming its users.

An arbitrator ruled that Scott Richter and his online marketing company, Media Breakaway LLC, must pay MySpace $4.8 million in damages and $1.2 million in legal fees for spamming MySpace members.

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Who Owns Blog Comments?

Here’s a head-scratcher with a deceptively obvious answer: When a person comments on a blog or website, who owns, or owns the rights to, that comment? Is it the commenter or the blog/website publisher? It’s a trickier question than you might think.

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Narnia Estate Chronicles Lawsuit Over Domain

CS Lewis’ estate is furious over the registration of by an individual in Scotland and wants the domain reassigned.

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Legal Battle Over Narnia Domain Name

A Scottish father has become entangled in a legal battle with the estate of author C.S. Lewis after purchasing a Narnia Internet domain name for his 10-year-old son as a birthday present.

Richard and Gillian Saville-Smith, of Edinburgh, paid $140 to buy the domain name from the Internet registration company Fasthosts in 2006 so their son could use it as an email address.

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‘Poo Porn’ Judge In Deep Doodoo

The phrase "jury of your peers" was purposeful wording and, I imagine, purposefully did not say "judge of your peers." Federal Judge Alex Kozinsky might disagree he’s a peer of "poo porn" "shock artist" Ira Isaacs, whose obscenity trial Kozinsky was overseeing. But if not in the same club, they’re at least in the same ballpark.

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EFF Sues Rodeo Group Over Removal Of Videos On YouTube

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has asked a federal court to protect the free speech rights of an animal rights group after its video critiques of animal treatment at rodeos were removed from YouTube because of false copyright claims.

The group Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) is a non-profit that videotapes rodeos in order to expose animal abuse. SHARK posted two dozen videos to YouTube to illustrate animal mistreatment.

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Yahoo’s Poison Pill Headed For Court

Last week’s letter war between Carl Icahn and Yahoo chairman Roy Bostock was just a preview of what’s to come. Ichan and company have challenged Yahoo’s employee retention plan (Icahn calls it a severance plan) in a Delaware court. Slated to go to trial in July, the legal matter will be settled in advance of the annual shareholders meeting on August 1.

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Yahoo Lawsuit Wants Poison Pill Nullified

Shareholders filed suit against Yahoo, seeking the elimination of a severance plan the company adopted to keep it from being taken over by Microsoft.

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Intel Receiving Federal Antitrust Scrutiny

The chipmaker’s long-standing dismissal of antitrust claims by its main rival, AMD, will receive a test as Federal Trade Commission regulators take a closer look at Intel.

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Google Calls For Expansion Of H-1B Visa Program

In lieu of recent history, parents may one day tell their kids, "President? But why? When you grow up, you could work at Google." With over a million resumes per year, Google can afford to be choosey, and doesn’t like having its talent pool options narrowed.

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Bidding On Trademark Terms Okayed By Court

Another court has decided use of trademarked terms in metatags and keyword advertising does not constitute trademark infringement, but the issue is far from settled and only gets more complicated as more courts hear arguments from both sides.

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eBay Fined By French Court For Counterfeit Items

eBay has been ordered by a French court to pay $30,000 to luxury goods designer Hermes for the company’s role in the sale of three counterfeit handbags.

The courts ruling was the first time a French judge found eBay directly accountable for the sale of counterfeit items by one of its customers. eBay maintains that it removes listings found to be fraudulent and argues that the liability for those listings is on the seller.

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Yahoo Rejected $40 Per Share From Microsoft In 2007

No wonder Yahoo didn’t want this little tidbit coming unsealed in a lawsuit against Yahoo by the city of Detroit and its policemen & firefighters.

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Bell Sued For Slowing Internet

Bell Canada is being sued by a Quebec consumer watchdog, L’Union des consommateurs for its practice of slowing Internet traffic.

The class-action suit was filed in Quebec Superior Court on behalf of Montreal resident Myrna Raphael, seeks certification on behalf of all subscribers in the province. The suit claims that by purposely slowing Internet speeds, Bell has misrepresented its service and caused privacy concerns.

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MLB Doesn’t Like Others Making Money Off Your Fantasies

Fantasy sports are a billion-plus per year industry, which seems to have just dawned on Major League Baseball (MLB) execs.

Fantasy sports, specifically fantasy baseball seem to be as popular as ever even though they’ve been around for something like twenty-five years according to the LA Times.

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Houston Files Lawsuit Against Online Travel Companies

The city of Houston has filed a lawsuit against online hotel bookers for keeping money the city claims should go towards its occupancy tax.

"We believe the (online) companies are, essentially, pocketing the money that should go to occupancy tax," Mayor Bill White told the Houston Chronicle. "It’s unfair to those who are paying the price where the full taxes are paid."

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Yahoo Goes After Copycat Spammers

Phishing emails occasionally make it through spam filters, and sometimes, they even look genuine.  So Yahoo is trying to protect the recipients (and its own reputation) by suing "Yahoo! Lottery Spammers" who use its name in hoaxes.

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Studios Win $4 Million Suit Against Web Sites

Hollywood has won a major lawsuit against movie linking Web sites and

A federal judge in Los Angeles issued a $2.7 million judgment against Showstash for the infringement of more than a hundred copyrighted movies and television shows. A federal judge awarded the studios a similar judgment against Cinematube for $1.3 million.

The judgments come on the heels of another settlement in favor of the studios, which recently won a $110 million judgment against

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Google Blitzes Capitol Hill

It must be Google week in Washington because representatives from the company were involved in at least three separate policy discussions. Fortunately, for the most part, the search company’s lobbying efforts didn’t seem entirely self-serving, unlike some other major corporations and their help-us-make-more-money demands.

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Supreme Court Okays Child Porn Law

If you know someone with a sick sense of humor, tell them not to joke about child porn. A benign "rickroll" could get them arrested and prosecuted for pandering to pedophiles, whether or not the link actually leads to child pornography.

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Chicago Sues eBay, StubHub Over Ticket Taxes

The city of Chicago is suing eBay and subsidiary StubHub for failing to collect an 8 percent amusement tax on tickets sold online.

The city charges in the lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court that the two companies are "reseller’s agents" and are required under Chicago’s law to pay an amusement tax. The suit asks for a court order that will allow the city to audit the companies and hand out fines for not collecting and paying the tax.

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Busted: Eight Ex-AOL Execs Charged With Ad Revenue Fraud

Former AOL Time Warner CFO John Michael Kelly and seven other people were charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission with causing the overstatement of ad revenue by over a billion dollars.

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MySpace Wins $234 Million Spam Judgment

MySpace has won a $234 million legal judgment over spam messages sent to members of the social networking site.

MySpace won the judgment after spammers Sanford Wallace and Walter Rines failed to appear in court. The judgment is believed to be the largest ever awarded in a spam email case.

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Craigslist Files Countersuit Against eBay

Last month online auction site eBay sued online classified site Craigslist alleging that the company had reduced eBay’s 25 percent stake in Craigslist through reorganization and now Craigslist is countersuing eBay.

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Microsoft Appealing Record Fine From The EU

Microsoft said it is appealing a record $1.39 billion (899 million euro) fine from the European Commission for using high prices to reduce software competition.

"Microsoft today filed to the (EU) Court of First Instance an application to annul the European Commission decision of February 27,"the company said in statement. "We are filing this appeal in a constructive effort to seek clarity from the court."

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Texas Investigating Amazon Over Taxes may soon have to pay the state of Texas back taxes with penalties and interest after the state learned the online retailer had a distribution center in Irving.

The Texas Comptroller’s Office is investigating if Amazon owes Texas possibly millions of dollars in uncollected sales taxes on purchases made by its customers in the state.

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Now There Are Two Net Neutrality House Bills

Congressional Net Neutrality proponents appear to be taking a multi-pronged approach to passing legislation to cement what many call the First Amendment of the Internet, a moniker that may oversimplify it a bit. Two days after Ed Markey’s (D-Mass.) Internet Freedom and Preservation Act was debated in the House Energy Committee, Representatives John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) re-introduce the Internet Freedom and Nondiscrimination Act.

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Google, Viacom Draw Lines In YouTube Suit

Google needs to fight off Viacom or get the suit dropped if they hope to withstand other potential lawsuits against the YouTube video sharing service over copyright infringement.

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Grand Theft Auto Maker Sues Chicago Transit Authority

The publisher of the popular video game Grand Theft Auto IV, Take-Two has sued the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) for removing ads promoting the game.

Take-Two sued the transit authority in Manhattan federal court, saying the CTA violated its right to free speech and contractual rights by removing ads for the game from the transit system.

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New York Goes Gangsta With Tax Law

Online retailers doing business in New York will be required to register with the state beginning June 1, 2008 to collect taxes, or face audits for prior quarters for failing to register.

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Wikipedia Sued For Libel

A literary agent is suing the Wikimedia Foundation and Wikipedia contributors for negative comments, but Wikimedia says it’s not liable for user-generated content.

Barbara Bauer filed a lawsuit in New Jersey Superior Court alleging that the Wikimedia Foundation is liable for postings that called her one of the "Dumbest of the twenty worst" agents, who has "no documented sales at all."

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Amazon Sues New York State Over Tax Law is suing the state of New York for its recently enacted tax law that makes it mandatory for online retailers to collect sales tax on items shipped to the state.

The law states that Internet retailers with affiliates in New York must collect New York sales tax because those affiliates have a physical presence in the state. The new law is estimated to generate $50 million in tax revenue for the state.

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eBay, Craigslist Fighting Over Kijiji Competition

eBay publicized the complaint it recently filed against Craigslist in Delaware’s Couty of Chancery. It’s all about the lucrative listings market.

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Project Playlist Sued By Nine Labels

Online music provider Project Playlist is being sued by nine major labels for "massive infringement" of their copyrights.

The web site allows users to play and share music with others for free. The site has a large index of songs users can search for recordings by their favorite artists. "At the click of a mouse," the lawsuit said, "Project Playlist instantly streams a digital performance of the selected recording to the user, who can listen to it on his or her computer or mobile device."

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MySpace Wins Spam Case

MySpace has won a lawsuit against well-known spammer Sanford Wallace.

The social networking site won a legal judgment against Wallace after he ignored requests to hand over documents and failed to appear in court.

MySpace filed the suit in March of last year alleging that beginning in October 2006 Wallace carried out a phishing scheme to falsely gain access to MySpace user profiles. Wallace created profiles, groups, and forums on the site to lead users through deceptive means to Web sites operated by Wallace.

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Google Board Member Ensnared In Pixar Backdating Probe

Ann Mather, formerly the CFO at Pixar, will face charges from the Securities & Exchange Commission related to their investigation of stock option backdating at the animation company.

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Court: Who Cares About Keyword Metatags?

Trademark lawyers have repeatedly tried to make the case that dropping a competitor’s trademarked terms in website metatags are a violation of trademark law. A new court decision, though, says otherwise.

The argument has rested on traditional tenets like potential for confusion, trademark dilution, use in commerce, and even product-switching. A new court decision, though, doesn’t let those arguments go forward until the plaintiff can prove keyword metatags count for anything at all.

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Why Is eBay Ticked Off At Craigslist?

With eBay throwing down the legal gauntlet over alleged dilution of its stake in the listings site, speculation abounds over the reason why.

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Anna Nicole Smith’s mother Virgie Arthur is suing online celebrity news site along with a number of other media outlets alleging she was defamed.

Arthur alleges in a lawsuit filed in Texas state court on Monday that Smith’s lawyer and companion Howard K. Stern and others created a fictitious story that she was the mother of her stepbrother’s child to try and hurt her chances of getting custody of granddaughter Dannielynn.

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Craigslist Responds To eBay Complaint

After eBay filed a lawsuit against Craigslist over alleged manipulation of eBay’s stake in the classifieds site, Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster responded on the site’s blog.

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eBay Accuses Craigslist Of Shareholder Tricks

A lawsuit filed in Delaware’s Court of Chancery takes Craigslist to task, as minority shareholder eBay complained of actions by the classifieds site.

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Oregon Going After Sites For Publishing Its Laws

The state of Oregon is sending out take down notices to sites that publish public domain legal documents.

Oregon has sent cease and desist letters to Justia and Public.Resource.Org for posting copies of Oregon laws, known as the Oregon Revised Statutes. The notice states," The Oregon Revised Statutes is copyrighted material, the author and copyright owner of which is the Legislative Counsel Committee of the State of Oregon."

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YouTube Sued By French TV Network

Even as YouTube’s revenue and CPMs get debated yet again, a new way in which the company could lose money has come up.  TF1, a French television network, has sued YouTube for 100 million.

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Yahoo Slapped With Million Dollar Click Fraud Suit

Collectibles site filed against Yahoo over alleged click fraud that happened between 2002 and 2006.

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Man on his Way to Trademark “SEO”

Sarah Bird, Esquire, of SEOmoz, Inc., happened upon the applicant’s request as she was working on some trademarks for SEOmoz. Not only is the applicant actually trying to obtain a trademark for the mark “SEO,” but he is also already on the way to the publication process.



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UK Cracks Down On “Flogs”

Companies that create fake blogs in order to hawk products violate what most people would consider basic truthfulness.  Starting May 28th, they may also be violating UK law.

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France Wants To Ban Sites That Promote Anorexia

The French National Assembly has adopted a bill that would make it illegal to promote anorexia through Web sites, magazines and in advertisements.

"Encouraging young girls to lie to their doctors, advising them on foods that are easier to regurgitate and inciting them to beat themselves up each time they eat is not freedom of expression," Health Minister Roselyne Bachelot said in a speech in parliament.

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New York Getting Physical With

The New York State Legislature wants Amazon to collect sales taxes from New York buyers, despite Amazon not having a physical presence in the state.

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When They Turn On The Grid, Neutrality Matters

The future, probably without the flying cars, the one you see in the movies with holograms, with instant and ubiquitous informational access and unbelievable computer processing capabilities, isn’t too far off. It won’t be built on the current Internet, though. The Internet is totally 20th Century. The red button on the Grid will be pushed this summer, and will change everything—again.

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Sellers Drop Military Gear On eBay, Craigslist

Items stolen from the military ended up being fenced through sales online, as GAO investigators handed a House Subcommittee a laundry list of sensitive items they purchased.

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Network Solutions In Another Controversy

Network Solutions really didn’t need any more public relations disasters after the controversy of automatically registering searched-for domains and "protecting" them for a $35 fee. Though this new controversy may not be quite the hyperbole it’s made out to be in some places, it does come with some potentially serious issues.

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Google AdWords Case Is Sadly Funny

Here’s the understatement of the week: "This wasn’t the best-argued case of the day." New York Law School professor James Grimmelmann was referring to the resurrection of computer repair company Rescuecomm’s lawsuit against Google, which was dismissed in 2006, but is now up for review by a federal appeals court.

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Deep Linking Issues Return As Music Lawsuit Hits Baidu, Sohu

Chinese search engines Baidu and Sohu face millions in penalties as Sony BMG, Warner Music Group, and Universal Music demand satisfaction over links to songs controlled by the labels.

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“Boring” Lawsuit Confronts Google Street View

It was only a matter of time before Google got sued over Street View; the real question was which privacy group (or sympathetic person representing a privacy group) would be first to file.  And now a couple with the last name "Boring" has beaten them all to it.

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Facebook-ConnectU Lawsuits May Be Settled

Since the terms of the settlement remain unknown – and indeed, the settlement doesn’t even seem to have occurred yet – it’s hard to say which side won.  But in any event, both Facebook and the founders of ConnectU appear ready to abandon their lawsuits.

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Score Another For Citizen Journalism

Webmasters scored another victory in the court system recently when a Vermont judge tossed out a defamation lawsuit brought by a woman upset by comments made about her by a third party commentator.

Superior Court Judge David Howard upheld provisions set forth under section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, enacted by the US Congress in 1996, which protects providers of interactive computer services from liability for content posted by third parties.

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18 Or Older To Use Google?

Google has this bit in their terms of service:

You may not use the Services [defined as “Google’s products, software, services and web sites"] and may not accept the Terms if … you are not of legal age to form a binding contract with Google

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Bronfman, Warner Music To Internet: Gimme

Music tycoon Edgar Bronfman, Jr., would like to bundle a fee into your Internet access in exchange for unlimited access to music.

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Man Cleared Of Facebook Harassment Charges

A UK man from Birmingham has had harassment charges dismissed over his contacting of an ex-girlfriend on Facebook. The case is thought to be a first in the UK involving a social networking site.

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Innocent Man Seeks Legal Fees From RIAA

A man falsely accused of file sharing by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is asking the U.S. Supreme Court if the RIAA will have to pay his legal fees.

"This case is about the ability of an innocent defendant accused of copyright infringement to defend himself in court, litigate his defenses, and, if successful, recover his attorney’s fees to the same extent as a prevailing plaintiff would under the same circumstances," argued Cliff Thompson of San Antonio, Tex. in his petition.

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Warcraft, Glider Go PvP Over Bot Argument

An Arizona court received summaries from World of Warcraft parent firm Blizzard and from software developer Michael Donnelly over his MMO Glider program.

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Wal-Mart Loses Online Trademark Case

A Conyers, Georgia man has won a legal battle with retail giant Wal-Mart who accused the man of violating its trademark for selling T-shirts and other items that featured the phrases "Wal-ocaust" and "Wal-Qaeda."

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Ky. Governor Unblocks Blogs

Kentucky’s newly elected Democratic Governor Steve Beshear lifted a ban set in place by former Governor Ernie Fletcher that barred state employees from accessing blogs on state computers. Fletcher’s move was a controversial one that led to national press coverage of allegations that he was trying to silence critics, and a federal lawsuit filed by a Kentucky gadfly blogger.

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Craigslist Successfully Defends Against Chicago Lawsuit

A 2006 lawsuit by the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights against Craigslist over real estate postings containing discriminatory language failed to establish the classifieds site’s liability.

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