All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Legal’

You Can Now Use Millions Of High-Quality Pics From Getty On You Site For Free

Getty Images, long known for suing people for using its photos on blogs, has surprised the Internet by making millions of them free to use. The photography giant announced that tens of millions of its photos are now embeddable, which means you can feel free to embed them on your blog. Just make sure you’re using the photos the way …

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Nobody Wins In Yelp Defamation Suit

Over a year ago, a Virginia judge ordered a Yelp user to change a negative review on the site. Building contractor Dietz Development sued user Jane Perez, claiming to have lost business because of her negative postings on the site (as well as on Angie‚Äôs List). He sued for $750,000, and claimed that he lost $300,000 because of her “defaming” …

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Quentin Tarantino And Prince Attack Linking

It’s been an odd week in Internet news as both Quentin Tarantino and Prince looked to sue people for linking to things. The former is suing Gawker for posting links to his recently leaked film script hosted elsewhere, while the latter filed a suit against his own fans for sharing links to his material on blogs and Facebook. Are these …

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Yelp To Users: Don’t Be Afraid To Leave Negative Reviews

Yelp, it would seem, doesn’t want its users to be afraid to leave negative reviews for businesses because of some of the lawsuits that have made the headlines. Yelp Senior Director of Litigation Aaron Schur took to the Yelp blog to point out that lawsuits like the recent cases in Virginia (one went to trial this week) are “rare”. “But …

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Virginia Yelp Review Suit Goes To Trial

A little over a year ago, a Virginia judge ordered a Yelp user to change a negative review on the site. Jane Perez was sued by Dietz Development, a building contractor who claimed to have lost business because of her negative postings on the site (as well as on Angie’s List). He sued for $750,000, and claimed that he lost …

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Court Orders Yelp To Identify Anonymous Reviewers

Once again, the subject of free speech with regard to Yelp reviews has been brought up in court. A new decision has proven controversial because if the court is wrong (which is very possible due to an apparent lack of real evidence), Yelp users who chose to leave reviews anonymously will have heir identifies revealed for engaging in the practice …

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Facebook Offers 70 Million More Shares, Heads To Court Over IPO

Facebook announced on Thursday that it is offering 70,000,000 new shares of its Class A common stock, with 27,004,761 shares being offered by the company itself and 42,995,239 shares being offered by certain selling stockholders, including CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who is offering 41,350,000 shares. The company plans to use the net proceeds from the offering for working capital and “other …

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Life Sentence For Pot: Jeff Mizanskey Seeks Support

A Missouri newspaper tells us of a man named Jeff Mizanskey who was convicted of an intent to distribute about five pounds of marijuana charge in 1993. Today, Mizanskey seeks support to gain clemency from the resulting life sentence. Although this was his third marijuana offense, Riverfront Times tells us that Mizanskey has never been convicted of a violent crime. …

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Jury Awards Apple $290 Million In Samsung Lawsuit

The AFP and the San Jose Mercury News reported an important update today on the lawsuit between Apple and Samsung: an eight-person jury from Silicon Valley has awarded Apple $290 million for Samsung’s apparent copying of iPhone and iPad designs, which it used in 13 devices. This latest award brings Apple’s total damages up to a staggering $900 million from …

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Wikimedia Foundation Sends Cease & Desist To Wiki-PR

Last month, Sue Gardner, the outgoing executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, announced that over 250 Wikipedia accounts had been blocked or banned as editors investigated accusations of people being paid to edit and manage pages. Wiki-PR is a company that has made a business out of doing just that. The firm was mentioned in Gardner’s post, but had appeared …

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Google Pays $17 Million To States Over ‘Safari-Gate’

Last year, Google was handed the largest fine for a single company in FTC history when it was penalized to the tune of $22.5 million in relation to the tracking of Safari users. Critics felt the fine didn’t go far enough, but a federal judge disagreed last November, ruling that the settlement was “fair, adequate and reasonable.” Google had been …

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John McAfee Responds To Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Last week, news came out that eccentric McAfee Antivirus founder John McAfee is being sued by the daughter of his neighbor in Belize, Gregory Faull, whose death began a multi-national manhunt for McAfee last year. McAfee has remained wanted for questioning in Belize, but was able to make his way back to the United States after a fascinating and somewhat …

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