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

Music Technology Policy

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

Media Law Prof Blog

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

Media Law Prof Blog

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.

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.

Parker v. Search Engines, Part II: Challenge to Search Engine Caching Dismissed on Most (But Not All) Grounds

New Media and Technology Law

The practice of search engine crawling and caching of Web site content has infrequently been litigated. This may be because most Web site operators want their content to be indexed and available on search engines. Tags: Internet The Perfect 10 case is a significant exception.) In Parker v. Yahoo!, 2008 U.S.

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.

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.

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

Media Law Prof Blog

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

“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”? 

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.

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?

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?

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.

@Deadline Hollywood: Google “Forgets” Film Maker Dinesh D’Souza in Search Results–Can Kadoodle Be Far Behind?

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Google does it with “down linking” or artificially adjusting their algorithm to return altered search results. Ah, well. Kadoodle.

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

Music Technology Policy

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

An Overlooked Brookings Institute Study on Fighting Piracy at the Corporate Level

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“[The Internet] is a cruel and shallow money trench. After all, the Internet is not a network of governments; it is mostly an amalgam of businesses that rely almost exclusively on handshake agreements to carry data from one side of the planet to another. Thompson. _. Joseph A. Califano, Jr. Surely greater than $500,000,000.

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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. 

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 ”.

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

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”

Music Technology Policy

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.,

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

Music Technology Policy

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”? 

Twilight in the Garden of Good and Evil and Hubris: Google Will Face at Least Two Antitrust Investigations in Europe

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Good things  come to those who wait. So just relax and wait for fate… from Love You Madly by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. an E.C.

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Google Never Forgets: Uncle Sugar Winding Up the Mob to Go After Judges

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The music business is already experiencing its own version of the “right to be forgotten”–we send close to 1 million take down notices a day to Google for linking to infringing sites in search.  They’re breaking the Internet again.  And that’s saying something. Uncle Sugar is Ordered to Behave Himself.

A Royale With Cheese: How Google Taught the U.S. Congress to Lead With Their Chins

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Remember that Google has over 90% of the search market in Europe and in some European countries it has over 95%. VINCENT. JULES. VINCENT. JULES.

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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.

Heritage Foundation Misses the Market on Rogue Sites

Music Technology Policy

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? 

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.

“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.

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.”

A Teachable Moment: Google’s Insulting Reply to News Corp Tells the New Regime in Brussels What It Needs to Know

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As Complete Music Update observes : Google is increasingly seen as a big enabler of piracy by the copyright industries, for failing to de-list blatantly copyright infringing websites from its search results, even when courts have ordered said websites be blocked on infringement grounds. The Piracy Platform. The Teachable Moment.

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Monday Morning JETLawg…

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

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.&#.

Google’s Charm Offensive Comes to Nashville Behind YouTube Front: But Where is the Straight Count?

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The Internet has opened up opportunities for existing artists and publishers and, at the sametime, leveled the playing field for new creators.

Did Google Finally Admit They Pay Criminals? Will Big Evil Show Us What’s Behind the Curtain?

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This latest dodge from Google’s Dodger in Chief is exceptionally absurd for a few reasons.  Somewhere far away and difficult to prosecute. 

A Special Thanks to Justia for Rescuing my Blog

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Many, many moons ago, from 1995 to 1999, I published the first-ever newsletter to cover the Internet for lawyers, legal.online. As I noted in a post here in 2007 , Justia started out with a focus on “legal marketing solutions,&# creating websites and blogs and providing search engine optimization. Justia to the Rescue.

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

Worshipping the Great God Scale: Google’s Four Great Lies as read to you by Kent Walker

Music Technology Policy

Improving visibility of authorized preview content in search results. Califano, Jr. Department of Justice a few years later. YTMA Google Drugs

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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