Search Engines and Privacy

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

Freedom of Speech, Search Engines, and the Indian Constitution

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Ujwala Uppaluri, The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, has published Freedom of Speech & Google Search: Preliminary Notes for India. This Working Paper introduces the issues that search engines raise under Article 19(1)(a) of Here is the abstract.

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Katsirea on Search Engines and Press Archvies Between Memory and Oblivion @sheffielduni

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Irini Katsirea, Department of Journalism Studies, University of Sheffield, is publishing Search Engines and Press Archives between Memory and Oblivion in the European Law Review. Search engines’ comprehensive digital memory has led to a desire for Here is the abstract.

French Court Orders Google To Remove Links From Search Engines Worldwide To Defamatory Material

Media Law Prof Blog

From the New York Times: A French judge has ruled that Google must remove links to defamatory material in search engines across all its domains, after a plaintiff sued, arguing that the harm extends worldwide, not just in the EU

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). Here is the abstract. With the digital revolution and the internet age have come not

Is Google about to Launch the Largest Torrent Search Engine Ever Seen?–Artist Rights Watch

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According to a report by TorrentFreak, 2017 could well be the year Google throws its toys out of the pram, raises the Jolly Roger and takes to the digital seas in anger by launching its very own mega torrent search engine. via @Aditya Bhat: Is Google about to launch the largest torrent search engine ever seen? After years of catering to copyright holders and their increasing demands, is Google about to go rogue in sheer frustration?

de Mars and O'Callaghan on Privacy and Search Engines: Forgetting or Contextualizing?

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Sylvia de Mars, Newcastle University Law School, and Patrick O'Callaghan, University College Cork, School of Law, have published Privacy and Search Engines: Forgetting or Contextualizing? at 43 Journal of Law and Society 257 (2016). Here is the abstract. This article

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. As we know from an October 2, 2009 story from CNET “ Google: Pirate Bay Booted Off Search By Mistake ”, Google removed the adjudicated criminal infringer The Pirate Bay’s domain thepiratebay.org from search results due to “an internal mistake.”.

Today’s favorite search engine term

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“brain of a high school student&#. Priceless

Slane on Search Engines and the Right To Be Forgotten: Squaring the Remedy With Canadian Values on Personal Information Flow @UOIT

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Andrea Slane, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), Legal Studies, has published Search Engines and the Right to Be Forgotten: Squaring the Remedy with Canadian Values on Personal Information Flow. Here is the abstract. In Canada, the data protection

Locksmiths Locked Out: Court Affirms Immunity for Use of Tools That Portray Third-Party Content Pictorially or as an Aggregate Metric

New Media and Technology Law

Circuit affirmed the dismissal of claims brought by multiple locksmith companies (the “plaintiffs”) against the operators of the major search engines (the “defendants” or “providers”) for allegedly publishing the content of fraudulent locksmiths’ websites and translating street-address and area-code information on those websites into map pinpoints that were displayed in response to user search requests. Internet Online Content CDA immunity neutral tools search engines

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

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’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. ’s search engine, paid advertisements from American’s competitors appear as sponsored results on the webpage. On March 11, 2009, in an unpublished per curium decision , the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fif th Circuit denied Yahoo!’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.

Yahoo/Microsoft Partnership Faces Expanded DOJ Review

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A proposed partnership between Microsoft and Yahoo’s search engines faces increased scrutiny this week by the Department of Justice (DOJ). The partnership, announced in July , would give Microsoft control of Yahoo’s search service by using its own search engine, Bing , on all Yahoo sites. Yahoo would maintain the responsibility of selling ads that appear among the search results, and the two companies would split the revenue.

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Google Sued for Suggesting Rupert Murdoch and Other Celebrities Are Jewish

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Eriq Gardner French organization says Google search engine's auto-complete is anti-Semitic. read more. THR, Esq. Tech Tech Business Jon Hamm Rupert Murdoch International

The Autocomplete Function and Defamation

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Cheung, The University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, is publishing Defaming by Suggestion: Searching for Search Engine Liability in the Autocomplete Era in Comparative Perspectives on the Fundamentals of Freedom of Expression (Andras Koltay, ed. Anne S.

Supreme Court Denies Cert In Google Right of Publicity Case

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Google, in which Beverly Stayart alleged that Google infringed her right of publicity when its search engine turned up results for her coupled with the drug called "levitra," resulting in advertising The Supreme Court has denied cert in Stayart v.

A Theory of Google Speech

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James Grimmelmann, New York Law School, is publishing Speech Engines, in the Minnesota Law Review (Forthcoming). Academic and regulatory debates about Google are dominated by two opposing theories of what search engines are and how law Here is the abstract.

Google It? Forget It

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The European Court of Justice has ruled that a user in a member state of the EU may ask a search engine company (such as Google) to delete links (in search results) to information that the user objects to, if

@bsookman: Worldwide de-indexing order against Google upheld by Supreme Court of Canada — Artist Rights Watch

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The Supreme Court of Canada released a landmark decision today ruling that Canadian common law courts have the jurisdiction to make global de-indexing orders against search engines like Google. [ Editor Charlie sez: The DMCA is still not an alibi… ]. via @bsookman: Worldwide de-indexing order against Google upheld by Supreme Court of Canada — Artist Rights Watch. In a Goolag State of Mind Barry Sookman Supreme Court of Canada The DMCA Is Not an Alibi Whack a Mole

Anonymous Says It Will Attack Terrorist WebSites

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Announcing that it is retaliating in cyberspace for the terrorist attacks on CharlieHebdo''s officers, the hacker group Anonymous says it has redirected the domain name for the jihadist site ansar-alhaqq.net to the search engine Duck Duck Go. The group indicated

Scardamaglia @abscard on Google, Online Search, and Consumer Confusion in Australia

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Amanda Scardamaglia, Swinburne University of Technology, has published Google, Online Search and Consumer Confusion in Australia at 42 International Journal of Law and Information Technology 203 (2016). The legality of the operation of Google’s search engine Here is the abstract.

Texas AG Investigating Google Search Results

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From the New York TImes: The Texas Attorney General is investigating whether Google's search results are "search neutral." In a post on the company's blog, Google explains that Occasionally, we’re asked about the “fairness” of our search engine -- why

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

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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. The internet is just beginning to buzz today regarding news that Microsoft has reportedly approached Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. to discuss a deal whereby News Corp.

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

Hollywood Docket Top 5: EMI vs. Seeqpod dismissed; Gosselin deposition; Sinatra karaoke murders

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Entertainment law news this morning, now conveniently organized into the top five stories you need to care about: A New York District Court has dismissed a lawsuit brought by record label EMI against Seeqpod, a now-defunct search engine that let.

Hollywood Docket Top 5: EMI vs. Seeqpod dismissed; Gosselin deposition; Sinatra karaoke murders

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Entertainment law news this morning, now conveniently organized into the top five stories you need to care about: A New York District Court has dismissed a lawsuit brought by record label EMI against Seeqpod, a now-defunct search engine that let.

Hollywood Docket: Google's China Syndrome; 'Wolverine' pirate speaks; Conan's new advisor

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Entertainment law news this morning: Google's top lawyer David Drummond says the company may shut down its service in China if the country doesn't allow it to run an unfiltered search engine. Drummond describes a significant intellectual property theft where.

Why did Microsoft settle a Perfect case?

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By Eriq Gardner Adult entertainment publisher Perfect 10 has for years been fighting to stop search engines from displaying thumbnails of its copyrighted photos of nude women. This week, Perfect 10 filed a motion against Google for allegedly abusing the.

Media React To Google's Attempts To Put ECJ's Costeja Gonzalez Ruling Into Effect

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The court''s opinion requires that search engine companies delete links to outdated, irrelevant, or incorrect information retrieved through searches Various British media, including the BBC and the Guardian, are critizing Google''s implementation of the ECJ ruling, Google v. Costeja González.

Judge Dismisses Authors Guild Suit Against Google

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District Court Judge Denny Chin has dismissed the Authors Guild lawsuit against Google, ruling that the search engine company''s practice of displaying parts of books as part of its Google Books Project does not violate the plaintiffs'' copyright

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An Analysis of the Impact of the Swedish Pirate Bay Decision and Analogous Situations

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Michal Czerniawski, University of Warsaw, has published "Responsibility of Bittorrent Search Engines for Copyright Infringements." Here is the abstract. With the music industry pursuing copyright infringement claims against various parties, the issue addressed in this paper is the responsibility of

What Kate Upton's Nude Photo Hack Reveals About Google

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Only half of the model-actress and pitcher Justin Verlander''s private photos are removed from indexes as the search engine grapples with legal theories over "selfies," copyright and fair use read more. Kate Upton Culture THR, Esq. Google Tech THR Weekly Magazine Business

Judge Rules For Google In English Defamation Suit

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Metropolitan International Schools had sued Google over search engine results which turned up comments that Metropolitan did In what court watchers have called a significant win for libel defendants, a British judge has found for Google in a defamation case.

Not As Big as a Googol

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There's room in the search engine world for Google's many competitors, he says. Google's Dana Wagner is trying to convince the public, and the feds, that Google isn't all that big. His company doesn't swallow up the whole. Read more

Congress Should Investigate The Monopoly Power of Weaponized Fair Use

Music Technology Policy

But when you connect this business model to the supercharger of Google’s monopoly, the power of the monopoly search engine increases exponentially. The U.S. Congress has finally gotten around to examining the monopoly power of Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple. We will no doubt hear many stories of how these companies promote or restrict competition, exploit slave labor in China, run sweatshops in the U.S. and of course control the media message for political candidates.

Badda Bing! Microsoft-Yahoo Merger Gets OK From EU

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European Union regulators have okayed the Microsoft-Yahoo search engine merger, which the companies announced last year and which proposes taking on giant Google. The deal needs a green light from regulators in Asia, but may be in place by 2012

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Five Startups Named Finalists for Clio’s $100K Launch//Code Contest

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Novara Search , a social media search engine that allows lawyers to manage all client and case social media data from seven major social media platforms in one central custodian screen.

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RIP NARM

Music Technology Policy

Search engine optimization. There used to be a great organization called the National Association of Recording Merchandisers or “NARM.” ” A few years ago, we watched them invaded by “digital retailers” (Check the board of directors photographs–you can spot them the same way you can pick out talent agents–especially the guys who drove BMWs when they were in the mailroom. You know what I’m talking about.)

It’s A Leak: Google’s Double Super Secret European Lobbying Order of Battle Against a Level Playing Field

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How that divestment is accomplished is another story entirely, but if it were me I would start with search, YouTube and Android. According to two separate sources, Google’s secret attack plan against Europe’s planned Digital Services Act has leaked.

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The Return of Brand Sponsored Piracy: Google’s Artist Shakedown Continues But This Time They Really, Really, Really Mean It

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Originally posted on The Trichordist : Trichordist readers will recall our many posts about how Google uses search to drive traffic to unlicensed sites where Google Adsense or Doubleclick serves the advertising that keeps the illegal site operating. That would be the adjudicated infringer Grooveshark: Here’s what Google told the BBC: Google has announced changes to its search engine in an attempt to curb….

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.”

Fastcase Acquires Technology and Staff of Innovative Legal Research Platform Judicata

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Its unique premise was to “map the legal genome” — that is, map the law with extreme accuracy and granularity — in order to deliver search results that CEO Itai Gurari, one of the company’s three founders, claimed were unprecedented in their precision and relevancy.