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. 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.”.

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

Media Law Prof Blog

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

Google Sued for Suggesting Rupert Murdoch and Other Celebrities Are Jewish

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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

Freedom of Speech, Search Engines, and the Indian Constitution

Media Law Prof Blog

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

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

Media Law Prof Blog

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.

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

Music Technology Policy

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?

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

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Today’s favorite search engine term

Music Technology Policy

“brain of a high school student&#. Priceless

Today’s ultimate search engine term: “o canada torrent”

Music Technology Policy

Every now and then I look at the search engine terms people enter to find this blog, and every every now and then I find one that’s particularly…funny. Or something. Today it’s “o canada torrent” It’s “Oh, Canada”, not “o canada” Just sayin

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. On March 11, 2009, in an unpublished per curium decision , the U.S.

What Kate Upton's Nude Photo Hack Reveals About Google

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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.

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

JetLawBlog

A proposed partnership between Microsoft and Yahoo’s search engines faces increased scrutiny this week by the Department of Justice (DOJ). Yahoo would maintain the responsibility of selling ads that appear among the search results, and the two companies would split the revenue.

California Court Enjoins Canadian Court’s Global De-listing Order to Google as Contrary to CDA

New Media and Technology Law

of a Canadian court order that compelled Google to globally de-list certain search results of a former distributor that had allegedly used its websites to unlawfully sell the defendant Equustek Solutions’s (“Equustek”) intellectual property. In 2012, after discovering Datalink was violating court orders and carrying on its business at an unknown location, Equustek asked Google to de-list Datalink’s websites from search results.

Google to remove “Revenge Porn” from Search Results

Cyberlaw Central

I’m glad to see that Google is removing “Revenge Porn” from its search results. If Google’s proposal works out as planned it may remove some of the effects, that the search results for a victim’s name would result in these hurtful images. If other search engines follow along, perhaps it may reduce some of the perpetrator’s motivation in posting in the first place.

Wolfram|Alpha Releases App to Assist Lawyers

Media Law

Wolfram|Alpha , the “computational knowledge engine,” has released an iPhone and iPad app designed specifically for legal professionals. For anyone unfamiliar with the Wolfram website, it is a search engine of a sort, except that it does not search the web.

Easy Way for Anyone to Add You to their Contacts

Media Law

There are three choices: Public, meaning anyone can see your contact page and search engines can index it. Discreet, meaning anyone can see your page, but search engines can’t crawl it. Warning: You might just go ape over ContactMonkey.

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.

Jean-Michel Jarre Identifies the Value Transfer

Music Technology Policy

The biggest offender, though, is the one search engine that drives the most traffic to these sites (where they are also found on the other side of the transaction selling advertising)–Google. Jean-Michel Jarre.

It’s Your Blog; Don’t Ask Me How It’s Doing

Media Law

It may be to enhance your firm’s search engine rankings. Incoming links – which sites and how many sites link to you – is an important measure in how search engines rank your blog. Is your blog moving up in search engine rankings? The managing partner of a law firm called me and asked my opinion of how his firm’s blog was doing. This struck me as an odd question. After all, wouldn’t he know this better than I? So I put the question back to him.

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.

The Autocomplete Function and Defamation

Media Law Prof Blog

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.

Will the Pinterest "Nopin" Tag Put Online Image Owners on the Defensive on Implied Copyright Licenses? Should We Look to Robots.txt as Precedent?

New Media and Technology Law

The robots.txt protocol allows site owners to indicate whether, and to what extent, they consent to having their sites crawled and cached by Web crawlers and spiders that are utilized not only by major search engines like Google and Yahoo! 2006), a claim of copyright infringement stemming from search engine crawling and caching was rejected based upon the lack of a robots.txt file on the copyright owner’s site.

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

Media Law Prof Blog

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

Eternal Vigilance: Why copyright owners should protect their metadata in digital retailer agreements

Music Technology Policy

Compare a pureplay retailer with a retailer that’s part of a larger company, like a larger company that has a search engine. Bernstein : If the retailer also has a search engine, then there’s the immediate question of whether there’s any restriction on the retailer making your metadata available to its affiliates, like to its search engine affiliate. And then you would have people using search engines to find information that was stale.

Google It? Forget It

Media Law Prof Blog

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

Anonymous Says It Will Attack Terrorist WebSites

Media Law Prof Blog

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.

Supreme Court Denies Cert In Google Right of Publicity Case

Media Law Prof Blog

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.

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.

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.

A Theory of Google Speech

Media Law Prof Blog

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.

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

Media Law Prof Blog

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.

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

Music Technology Policy

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

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

Media Law

No expensive search fees.”. On top of it all, information on the Internet can be hard to find, requiring resort to a variety of indexes and search engines. Search technology has made it so easy to find information that we’ve forgotten how tedious research once was. [Note: Since March 1995, I have written a syndicated column, legal.online, that has run in various legal and bar periodicals. After 17 years, I'm calling it quits.

More Free Non-Display Uses of Music: Google’s Tying Agreements Force Phone Companies to Use YouTube

Music Technology Policy

” The Information shines some light on this practice : Google for years has tweaked its search engine to promote other revenue-generating Google Web services in the search results, much to the dismay of some rival Web companies. A general theme has emerged: Google is finding new ways to integrate more of its services into Android and, in particular, to direct device owners to use Google Search.

Eternal Vigilance: Why copyright owners should protect their metadata in digital retailer agreements

Music Technology Policy

Compare a pureplay retailer with a retailer that’s part of a larger company, like a larger company that has a search engine. Bernstein : If the retailer also has a search engine, then there’s the immediate question of whether there’s any restriction on the retailer making your metadata available to its affiliates, like to its search engine affiliate. And then you would have people using search engines to find information that was stale.

Second Circuit Hands the NSA a New Toy in Google Books Case

Music Technology Policy

The reason we really did it is because we need to build a great speech-to-text model … that we can use for all kinds of different things, including video search.

Guest Post: The Role of the Record Producer and Why We Need PROTECT IP/Stop Online Piracy Act by Luke Ebbin

Music Technology Policy

The big search engines took notice and realized that if they included (and search engine optimized) these sites in their search results, they could get paid every time someone clicked the link to get to these sites. I wake up every day thankful that I make a living and support my family with my work as a record producer.

Texas AG Investigating Google Search Results

Media Law Prof Blog

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

Judge Dismisses Authors Guild Suit Against Google

Media Law Prof Blog

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