internet law

You remember that episode, where Michael Scott declares bankruptcy? [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuGIgf-ICHM] Keep that in mind for this lesson, kids. This happens to all of us, from time to time. A lawyer sends you a letter with some threatening language on it that he thinks accomplishes his goal of making it...

I've been involved in the debate over whether we should criminalize "revenge porn." As much as I despise the practice, I don't agree with new criminal laws to punish it. In fact, I just spent some time on a panel at Stanford Law School, in the company of...

It's an all-too-common scenario: A blogger criticizes someone online, and then gets sued for his statements.   But two things make this case unique: First, the plaintiff sued because of the blogger's characterizations of him shooting two dogs at close range; second, the defendant blogger was in Florida - and...

This is not a Star Trek order.  There are no pithy jokes here.  There is, however, a shocking exposé of just how insidious the government can be in coercing silence when you speak out against outdated, incorrect, and even dangerous "conventional wisdom." Cooksey v. Futrell, et al., Case No. 12-2084, 2013...

[caption id="attachment_18317" align="alignleft" width="175"] Nevada's Anti-SLAPP law, freshly signed. [/caption]You may have noticed that the writing has been a bit slow as of late. Well, one of the things that has been taking our attention away has been an all-hands effort up in Carson City, working on getting...

No matter your opinion on U.S. copyright law, it is the law of the land. Copying a work without consent may be unlawful and subject the copier to damages. On this blog, and others, we've seen instances of legitimate and illegitimate copyright claims. An entirely separate issue is the...

By Jay Wolman In a page out of Rakofsky vs. The Internet, it appears that one of the law firms and attorney groups frequently criticized as representing copyright trolls, Paul Duffy, John Steele, and Prenda Law, has gone on the offense against its critics. More details here: http://phillylawblog.wordpress.com/2013/03/03/prenda-law-john-steele-and-paul-duffy-file-suit-against-alan-cooper-his-lawyer-paul-goodfread-and-anonymous-john-does/ Here: http://fightcopyrighttrolls.com/2013/03/04/copyright-trolls-prenda-law-paul-duffy-and-john-steele-commence-three-lawsuits-v-paul-godfread-alan-cooper-and-our-community/ and here: http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130303/23353022182/prenda-law-sues-critics-defamation.shtml copies of the...

Hunter Moore:  Amateur Craig Brittain:  Lightweight Looks like posting compromising photos of unsuspecting victims is not enough.  Someone, who obviously once sat on a copy of the nutshell on copyright and online speech to sit at the grown-ups table, decided that merely posting photos was insufficient.  This vile person decided it was...