Will 2013 be the year that the Supreme Court of the United States accepts an illegal music downloading case? If K.A.D. Camara has anything to say about it, then “yes,” it will be. For about five years, K.A.D. Camara has represented Jammie Thomas-Rasset, a music “pirate” sued by the Recording Industry Association of America for illegally obtaining – via the Internet – 24 songs. After years of litigation, Camara filed a writ of certiorari, with hopes that the highest court in the land will debate and decide on whether or not the financial awards handed down in illegal downloading lawsuits are [...]
I was reading the other day on Techdirt, about a war that’s a-brewing in the open source community. In one corner we have the Wikimedia Foundation; in the other, Internet Brands – the company that owns and operates Wikitravel.com. A saga involving volunteer editors, a for-profit wiki site and bombastic court filings, the Wikitravel v. Wikimedia Foundation lawsuit, believe it or not, is so intriguing it could serve as the topic for a made for TV movie.
The Wikitravel.com Tale
Back in 2003, two developers started wikitravel.com using the open-source wiki code. In 2005, Internet Brands – an umbrella company with a [...]
It’s been quite a year for online defamation. The average amount of time spent online seems to be directly proportional to the amount of Internet libel claims. Thanks to the smartphone craze, we’re now plugged-in 24/7, and in the first half of 2011, defamation lawsuits took center stage in court rooms around the world.
Let’s take a look back at three interesting cases.
Dawn Simorangkir v. Courtney Love: The Drunken Tweets Worth Nearly Half A Million
In 2009, Dawn Simorangkir (a.k.a. “the Boudoir Queen”) had an up-and-coming fashion business – her online sales were doing well and members of the glitterati showed [...]
With so many ways to start a website at very little cost, many people are turning to the Internet to sell goods, advertise their services or to share information with family and friends. Most will simply write some copy and add a few pictures. But some of these websites could be in violation of ecommerce, copyright or other laws and the website owner may be totally unaware of this. The owner may also not be aware of other sites that are infringing on their copyrights and domain names.
A website legal audit is the best way to find out if your [...]