Viacom lost its $1 billion lawsuit against Google
and YouTube for alleged copyright infringement when a judge granted summary
judgment. YouTube's defense was that it used the "safe harbor" protection of
the Digital Millennium Copyright...
Growth at Facebook has been
unbelievable and not a surprise that its user rolls will get to 500 million , but last fall a childhood friend
died, and a few months later I was taken aback after Facebook asked me to
post on his wall. Since so many new...
reports that Facebook became the most visited website in the US for the
first time. Kind of takes your breath away that a social media site is getting
more traffic than the largest search engine in the US. Since Facebook
just went over 400...
Facebook now offers users the
ability to download all of their content in a simple zip
file format, but this doesn't solve privacy concerns. Sure it's nice to be
able to download all the content, but in the meantime Facebook still stores
Wikipedia turned 10 years old in
January 2011 with more than 3.5 million English articles and in more than 250
languages, but only about 15% of the articles have been posted by women.
Actually based on a joint study in 2010 of Wikipedia of the contributor...
Proposed laws to ease wiretaps on
the Internet are now being considered by the US Senate Judiciary Committee, but
with widespread pushback from privacy groups . Federal
officials have long relied on the wiretap laws to monitor criminals and
Allowing Google to access your cell
GPS will permit Google to make suggestions about things to do or restaurants to
try wherever you happen to be. Although Google's CEO Eric Schmidt recently said
these autonomous search features were on the horizon...
Let's see a show of hands- do you
read Terms of Service? Privacy Policies? Or Click Agreements? I routinely ask
audiences this question and rarely do I ever get any hands raised. My recent
Technology Law column in eCommerce Times entitled "...
This may seem obvious to many or us,
but it is almost always better to be overly-cautious in the age of identity
theft. The Huffington Post just published a list of the 13 Things You Shouldn't Tell Your Facebook Friends .
Why not? You might ask...
A recent report of a WikiProject Smithsonian Institution should add
credence to Wikipedia, since there are more than 3.4
million articles in English of the +17 million total Wikipedia article.
Of course there must be a reason to believe Wikipedia,...
Google will not be accused of
copyright infringement by posting the Dead Sea Scrolls unlike the current litigation
about Google's Books Library Project where Google is
scanning millions of books to be freely available. Although the litigation
A new report shows that customers are not that happy
with Facebook and MySpace also showed that social media was ranked lower
than property & casualty insurance. Also not a surprise that airlines
were lower in customer satisfaction than social...
A recent report that the White House wants the FBI to have access to an
individual's Internet activity may help with investigation of terrorism or
intelligence, but what about our expectation of privacy? Notwithstanding all of
The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)
issued its second annual privacy report card with lower
grades of "C for consumer data protection efforts and a D on civil liberties."
Mark Rotenberg, executive director of EPIC said "Our...
A recent report that Web 2.0 (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, et al) continues to
friends to share private information at an alarming rate is hardly a
surprise. Research at a number of universities demonstrates that things are
On Thursday, April 22, 2010 the TexasBarCLE will
present my webcast from 12:30-1:30pm CDT about Internet Intellectual Property
(IP) issues. Actually these topics are also found in the syllabus and
PowerPoints from my Law of eCommerce class at SMU Dedman...
A report that a number of privacy groups filed a
complaint with the FTC to investigate includes this quote "Internet ad
exchanges... are basically markets for eyeballs on the Web. Advertisers bid
against each other in real-time for the ability...
I was honored to be asked by the
Texas Senate to testify how Social Media impacts Open Government at a hearing
on May 11, 2010 and you are welcome to read my Statement concerning Charge #13 for the Senate
the Public Information...
To the surprise of many Google
confirmed that since 2006 its Street View Cars captured WiFi network
information in addition to Street View Photos. Google uses this WiFi network
information to improve location-based services like search and maps.
A Judge ruled that Facebook wall postings and
MySpace comments may not be subpoenaed based on the 1986 Stored Communications Act which is the same
statute before the US Supreme Court in Quon v. Arch Wireless . US District Judge
The Ontario, CA Police Department
(OPD) did not violate the 4th Amendment by reviewing
text messages sent from a work pager. Apparently the OPD's warrantless audit
found Officer Quon had sent or received 456 messages, but only 57 were
At the same time Lady Gaga takes over the Social Media
spotlight from the President, Prince announces that the Internet is nowhere and his next album will only
be a CD. No surprise what Lady Gaga is doing since "Gaga's Facebook fans
Obama's Twitter account was hacked "offering his more than 150,000
followers a chance to win $500 in free gas." Twitter settled the FTC's charges "that it
deceived consumers and put their privacy at risk by failing...
Without much public fanfare recently
a Senate Committee unanimously approved the bill dubbed " Internet Kill Switch ," which among other things
would allow the President to take over civilian networks in case of an
emergency. The Homeland...
Tweets a plenty were posted
announcing that Wikipedia and LinkedIn were down, but one tweet wondered what would happen
if Twitter also went down! We are so dependent on these Social Media tools that
when these sites go down the communications also...