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Rep. Gohmert Nails It: Search Engines Should Block Adjudicated Infringers

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3261 (the “Stop Online Piracy Act”), former judge Louie Gohmert (R-TX) raised an interesting line of questionning:  If a website is found to infringe by a court order based on probable cause, why should it appear in search results.  At last week’s House Judiciary Committee hearing on H.R. Not surprisingly, Rep.

Search Engines and Privacy

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Federica Casarosa, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, has published "Privacy in Search Engines: Negotiating Control." Internet and generally modern communication technologies have radically modified current society, bringing in new risks for citizens’ privacy. Here is the abstract. The tangible

Regulating Search Engines

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Viva Moffat, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, has published "Regulating Search," in volume 22 of the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology (2009). With the digital revolution and the internet age have come not Here is the abstract.

For Legal Professionals, the Internet Has Come a Long Way, But Still Has a Long Way to Go

Media Law

No expensive search fees.”. These were the paragraphs that opened my first legal.online column in March 1995, titled “ The Internet: A Revolution in Law Practice.” When I started writing it, I thought I would do it for a couple years, until we all figured out this new-fangled thing called the Internet. Hints of What Was to Come.

In re Yahoo!, Inc.: The Latest Battle in American Airlines’ War Against Search Engine Keywords

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’s search engine, paid advertisements from American’s competitors appear as sponsored results on the webpage. Image Source.

The Devil’s Greatest Trick: After Canada, Could Google Throw A U.S. Election?

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Google Chrome is the only search engine that supports a filter for the name of a political candidate:  The Trump Filter. Sound crazy?

The DMCA Still is Not An Alibi: How is Google Search Like the Ford Pinto?

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Google’s search engine is the Pinto of the Internet, kind of an iPinto if you will. The Pinto Gap. That is not the problem.

Trademark Basics, Part Five: Trademarks on the Internet

Broadcast Law Blog

The biggest issues in trademark protection today arise from the use of trademarks on the Internet. Over the last two years, the organization that is responsible for the management of the Internet, ICANN, has approved the launch of hundreds of new top level domains, with more to come. Concurrent Use of Trademarks on the Internet.

“Mommy, Mommy, Johnny is Breaking the Internet!”: The Poker Prof and his Full House React to the Protect IP Act–Part 2

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This video is also the first time I heard the expression “break the Internet.”   Whatever Lessig meant in the Pirate Party video, “break” seems to me an odd way to refer to something as complex and textured as the Internet.  But why isn’t that de-listing also “breaking the Internet”? 

AN EPIC INTERNET COPYRIGHT BATTLE ON THE HORIZON? MICROSOFT AND NEWS CORP. VS. GOOGLE, MAYBE

KWIKA Entertainment Law Blog

The internet is just beginning to buzz today regarding news that Microsoft has reportedly approached Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. would “delist&# its websites from Google (and, most likely, other search engines that are not using Microsoft’s Bing search engine) in exchange for cash from Microsoft.

New Study Explains Why YouTube is Always at the Top of Google Search Results

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For years now–since Imeem days at least–I’ve been wondering why it is that the top videos in Google search results were always from YouTube (or from Vevo through YouTube).  According to Brad Stone writing in Bloomberg, a newly released study by Tim Wu (“Is Google Degrading Search

Chairman Goodlatte’s Listening Tour: Google Search Meets the Ford Pinto

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Google’s search engine is the Pinto of the Internet, kind of an iPinto if you will. From Long Long Time , by Guy Forsyth.

“Mommy, Mommy, Johnny is Breaking the Internet!”: The Poker Prof and his Full House React to the Protect IP Act–Part 2

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This video is also the first time I heard the expression “break the Internet.”   Whatever Lessig meant in the Pirate Party video, “break” seems to me an odd way to refer to something as complex and textured as the Internet.  But why isn’t that de-listing also “breaking the Internet”? 

Jury Returns Contributory Trademark Infringement Verdict against Web Site Hosting and SEO Services Provider for a Client's Sales of Counterfeit Golf Clubs

New Media and Technology Law

In the course of discovery, however, Cleveland Golf learned that Prince had started his online business after signing up with Bright Builders, which provided Web hosting, search engine optimization and related services to aspiring online retailers. eBay (2d. Roger Cleveland Golf Company, Inc. v. Roger Cleveland Golf Company, Inc. v.

EU Judge Advocate General: ISP Does Not Have To Remove Harmful, Sensitive Info That Turns Up During Web Search

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In a case involving the interpretation of the EU''s data protection directive and the so-called "right to be forgotten," an advocate general for the European Court of Justice has released an advisory opinion finding that an internet search engine service

YouTube Profits: Is YouTube A Data Miner or a Video Service?

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the quality of search results… Knowing your customer is the key to successful selling. Why would Google be putting out that story?

Blackout? What Blackout? “The SOPA blackout was about as organic as the masses of North Koreans crying in the streets upon hearing of Kim Jong Il’s death”

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In his excellent critique of the SOPA astroturf campaign, “ Lobbyists 1, Internet 0: An Alternative Take on SOPA ,” David Rodnitzky of PPC Associates really puts a nail in the coffin of Google’s campaign.  [Editor Charles says: A version of this post originally appeared in MTP Monthly]. Califano, Jr.,

Copyright Erosion: How DMCA Misuse Became A Multimillion Dollar Shakedown

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But does brand sponsored piracy that is inextricably linked to search engine traffic properly fit in the search engine safe harbor of the DMCA? I participated on a panel at the 2013 USC Institute on Entertainment Law and Business on October 5 in Los Angeles.  Particularly when the flaw results in harm to innocent people. 

Isohunt: Bringing People Together on the Wall of Shame

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owner of Isohunt, one of the largest BitTorrent search engines on the Internet. On Thursday, U.S.

Rocket Matter Blasts Off in a New Direction

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He and his staff became experts at marketing themselves and, along the way, became experts at Internet marketing. General

Please allow me to introduce myself…Shareholder Suit against Google filed Over Drug Sting

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“ The Internet allows messages to be better focused on particular groups of potential customers. With that ability comes the growing possibility that the Justice Department will view search engines as more than mere passive conduits of information, and instead as potentially active participants in conduct that may violate the law.”

Heritage Foundation Misses the Market on Rogue Sites

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What is new about piracy on the Internet is the scale and the participation of publicly held companies that use their vast resources raised in the public financial markets to fight compliance with the law in order to free ride on the work of others that they seek to commoditize. Internet Security”. What is that supposed to mean? 

Please allow me to introduce myself…Shareholder Suit against Google filed

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“ The Internet allows messages to be better focused on particular groups of potential customers. With that ability comes the growing possibility that the Justice Department will view search engines as more than mere passive conduits of information, and instead as potentially active participants in conduct that may violate the law.&#.

4 Million DMCA Notices Don’t Stop the Google Piracy Machine: How Google Drives Traffic to Pirate Sites Through Google Alerts

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Google news alerts are emails sent to you by Google through the data analysis of its monopoly search engine. How about some proof?

Monday Morning JETLawg…

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Judge ruled Thursday that Baidu, China’s leading search engine, can sue its U.S.-based

Technology that a Film Production Attorney Can Use to Improve Service Delivery

Film and Television Law Blog

Did you know that you could use the internet to market your services without spending a fortune? They include; Social Media. Legal

Paul Vixie Has a “Hollywood” Problem: Richard Bennett and George Ou Provide A counterargument to the technological criticism of DNS filtering on rogue sites

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The network engineer Richard Bennett (who edits High Tech Forum among other things) has a very informative and nontechnical article in the New York Post explaining why the Internet will not be “broken” by rogue sites legislation. The opposition to SOPA preys on ignorance and fear. But  they’re wrong.” Google Lobbyin

EC: Commission sends Statement of Objections to Google on Android operating system and applications

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The Commission’s preliminary view is that Google has implemented a strategy on mobile devices to preserve and strengthen its dominance in general internet search. First, the practices mean that Google Search is pre-installed and set as the default, or exclusive, search service on most Android devices sold in Europe.

Monday Morning JetLawg

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Major Internet players and civil liberties groups form Digital Due Process coalition  to update privacy laws. In the news.

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New Obama White House web site: 'robots.txt' kerfuffle debunked

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Whereas the secretive Bush White House had made liberal use of the " robots.txt " protocol, which signals to search engines that they should not search specified web pages, the sainted and "transparent" Obamanauts had -- in their first hours of power! -- rid WhiteHouse.gov of that pesky enemy of Internet freedom.

No Confusion Here: Proposing a New Paradigm for the Litigation of Keyword Advertising Trademark Infringement Cases

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Internet search engines such as Google and Yahoo! Courts both inside and outside the U.S. Google, Inc. Image Source.

Astroturf and manipulation of media messages by @SharylAttkisson at TEDxUniversityofNevada

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Attkisson uses the example of pharmaceutical companies doing a variety of things like manipulating search results and controlling Wikipedia.

Google’s University Astroturfing Leads to FTC

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million Google gave to Lessig’s pet project, Creative Commons).

What’s Next, “Google Litigator?”

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On February 20, 2010, the Common Pleas Court of Franklin County, Ohio in Columbus became the stage for the latest civil antitrust lawsuit against dominant Internet search engine Google. The company had initially filed suit against myTriggers.com, Inc. for failing to pay for advertising services provided by Google. Image Source.

Canard du Jour: Do you still have your personality after Google makes a copy?

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Copyright activists who fight property rights on the internet and have never seen a copyright law they like, generally do like their privacy.

Another Look at Google and Elections

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Robertson entitled “ Democracy at Risk: Manipulating Search Rankings Can Shift Voting Preferences Substantially Without Voter Awareness ”.

“How to Succeed” or How’s that Google downlinking working out for you?

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Megan: You love specific. Don: But I have no idea what’s going on out there. Mad Men, “Lady Lazarus” written by Matthew Weiner.

Playing Ronald McDonald to Google’s Joe Camel: Does Google Hardwire Wikipedia in Search Results?

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This article from Scottish journalist Iain MacWhirter puts a finger right on it: “Just try a few random searches. Then I searched “global warming”, which also served up Wikipedia’s page as number one. Google’s many other products also get favored treatment in search results. What was it again? 

“Mommy, Mommy, Johnny is Breaking the Internet!”: The Poker Prof and his Full House React to the Protect IP Act–Part 2

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This video is also the first time I heard the expression “break the Internet.”   Whatever Lessig meant in the Pirate Party video, “break” seems to me an odd way to refer to something as complex and textured as the Internet.  But why isn’t that de-listing also “breaking the Internet”? 

“Mommy, Mommy, Johnny is Breaking the Internet!”: The Poker Prof and his Full House React to the Protect IP Act–Part 2

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This video is also the first time I heard the expression “break the Internet.&#    I find that phrase to be a rather odd way to express the idea of filtering the Internet specifically and regulating it in general.  “Broken&# means to me to render something unusable, as in the dictionary definition “violently separated into parts&#.