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. Lofgren’s (D-Mountain View) response to the question dutifully set up the straw man of “censoring the Internet”–which wasn’t what Rep. At last week’s House Judiciary Committee hearing on H.R.

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

JetLawBlog

’s practice of selling “trademarked terms as keywords triggering sponsored advertisements in its search engine results&# leads to trademark infringement, misappropriation, and various tort violations. On March 11, 2009, in an unpublished per curium decision , the U.S.

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. By generally accepted convention, a robots.txt file is consulted by most search engine crawlers for instructions from a Web site operator as to whether, and to what extent, Web site content may be copied and indexed. Tags: Internet

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

Music Technology Policy

Google’s search algorithm can easily shift the voting preferences of undecided voters by 20 percent or more—up to 80 percent in some demographic groups—with virtually no one knowing they are being manipulated, according to experiments I conducted recently with Ronald E.

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

Music Technology Policy

Because one would have to believe that Google has determined, just like Ford, that the cost benefit of programming their search algorithm to play whack a mole with artists profits them more than “doing the right thing.” The Pinto Gap.

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. Do you ever conduct a search on the Internet and wonder why the first-listed results are even there? 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

Music Technology Policy

I was both surprised and not to see the phrase “Breaking the Internet’s Infrastructure” show up in the Professor Letter as the title of their second major argument. 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.

Google Escapes Genericide Claim in Ninth Circuit Decision

New Media and Technology Law

On May 16, 2017, the Ninth Circuit rejected a petition for cancellation of the GOOGLE trademark based on a “genericide” theory that claimed Google should lose its trademark protection because the word “google” has become synonymous to the public with the term “search the internet.” (See Gillespie and Elliott petitioned for cancellation on the ground that the public primarily understands “google” as “a generic term” to describe the act of “internet searching.”

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. to discuss a deal whereby News Corp.

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? Consumer Harm from Universal Search”) explains the phenomenon and further backs Google into an antitrust corner.

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

Music Technology Policy

Google, like Ford, knew and knows exactly what it is doing by putting its search engine into commerce (not to mention YouTube, a hot bed of infringement). Google’s search engine is the Pinto of the Internet, kind of an iPinto if you will.

“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

I was both surprised and not to see the phrase “Breaking the Internet’s Infrastructure” show up in the Professor Letter as the title of their second major argument. 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.

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. This is not the first time that liability for contributory trademark infringement has been assessed against an “Internet intermediary.&#

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

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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. So now that the initial ebullience of our anti-SOPA moment of triumph has worn off, it’s worth reflecting a little deeper on this moment in Internet history. [Editor Charles says: A version of this post originally appeared in MTP Monthly].

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

Music Technology Policy

the quality of search results… Knowing your customer is the key to successful selling. And remember, YouTube itself is one of the top 5 search engines.]

Copyright Erosion: How DMCA Misuse Became A Multimillion Dollar Shakedown

Music Technology Policy

Google’s search engine drives traffic to the pirate sites to which its ad network serves advertising, often for legitimate brands. But does brand sponsored piracy that is inextricably linked to search engine traffic properly fit in the search engine safe harbor of the DMCA? See, e.g., Google’s Book Search: A Disaster for Scholars. ).

Isohunt: Bringing People Together on the Wall of Shame

Music Technology Policy

owner of Isohunt, one of the largest BitTorrent search engines on the Internet. We all know that Google is the primary search tool for finding infringing content on the Internet if the carefully crafted Google “Transparancy Report” is any guide.

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

Music Technology Policy

“ 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.” COMPLAINT (Summons Issued); jury demand; against Nikesh Arora, Sergey Brin, L. John Doerr, Google, Inc.,

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. What is also new about piracy on the Internet is the lack of a doctrinal response from law enforcement. Internet Security”. So at the end of the day, what constitutes “Internet security”?

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

Music Technology Policy

“ 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.&#. COMPLAINT (Summons Issued); jury demand; against Nikesh Arora, Sergey Brin, L. John Doerr, Google, Inc.,

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

Music Technology Policy

Google news alerts are emails sent to you by Google through the data analysis of its monopoly search engine. But we all know that we can’t just decide something “looks sketchy” because that might break the Internet.

Monday Morning JETLawg…

JetLawBlog

House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank’s drive to establish a licensing and regulation system for Internet gambling still faces resistance. Judge ruled Thursday that Baidu, China’s leading search engine, can sue its U.S.-based

Rocket Matter Blasts Off in a New Direction

Media Law

Today, it is announcing the launch of Rocket X1 , an Internet-marketing service for law firms that combines a website and blogging platform with consulting services covering content creation, search engine marketing, public relations and social media.

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

Music Technology Policy

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. “SOPA simply requires ISPs to delist the Internet addresses of foreign sites found by a US court to be dedicated to criminal activities.

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? The first step that you need to take is create a modern website that is search engine optimized.

Monday Morning JetLawg

JetLawBlog

Major Internet players and civil liberties groups form Digital Due Process coalition to update privacy laws. BitTorrent search engine Isohunt ordered to remove copyright infringing material. In the news.

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

Copyrights & Campaigns

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. and thus searching, the site. We ask search engines not to index an "/Ads" directory, e-mail-this-story pages, and dozens of others.

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

JetLawBlog

Internet search engines such as Google and Yahoo! earn a majority of their profit from selling advertisements to appear next to search results.

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

Music Technology Policy

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. Second, the practices appear to close off ways for rival search engines to access the market, via competing mobile browsers and operating systems.

Astroturf and manipulation of media messages by @SharylAttkisson at TEDxUniversityofNevada

Music Technology Policy

Hamburger and Gold lead their reporting with this example: In May 2012, the law school at George Mason University hosted a forum billed as a “vibrant discussion” about Internet search competition.

What’s Next, “Google Litigator?”

JetLawBlog

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. In order to gain a foothold as a profitable business, myTriggers needed Internet traffic, so it paid Google to list hyperlinks to its web site as “sponsored links&# among Google users’ search results.

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

Music Technology Policy

In The Case Against Google , his illuminating article in Gizmodo, Editor Matt Honan makes a number of pivotal points: The Internet is the world’s greatest collection of knowledge, but increasingly, that wisdom lives in walled off apps [i.e.,

Google’s University Astroturfing Leads to FTC

Music Technology Policy

Salon posted an eye-popping expose on Google’s influence peddling at major American universities (“G oogle’s insidious shadow lobbying: How the Internet giant is bankrolling friendly academics—and skirting federal investigations ” by David Dayen).

Another Look at Google and Elections

Music Technology Policy

With so much at stake, what if Google yielded to the moral hazard that consumes its monopoly search engine and for which it is being sued by the European Commission among others? Who took on the Standard Oil men and whipped their ass. Just like he promised he’d do?

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

Music Technology Policy

You may have heard that Google announced that it was going to start pushing down in search results links to websites for which Google receives reliable DMCA notices. Megan: You love specific. Don: But I have no idea what’s going on out there.

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

Music Technology Policy

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. Even searching something relatively obscure, like “pensions crisis”, Wikipedia emerged top of the results table. Google’s many other products also get favored treatment in search results.

“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

I was both surprised and not to see the phrase “Breaking the Internet’s Infrastructure” show up in the Professor Letter as the title of their second major argument. 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.