Monthly Archives: October 2015

CFP: Intermediary liability

Intermediary Liability: How to Kill Content on the Internet. Thanks to statutes like Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and even the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, intermediaries in the United States are at least theoretically shielded from liability for … Continue reading

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Right of publicity question of the day, Will Ferrell edition

Here is a story about a Will Ferrell-themed bar.  Given New York’s very limited statutory right of publicity, and the fact that the menu items don’t seem to use the actor’s name, does the display of photos of him in the … Continue reading

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CFP 2015: Internet content blocking by the ITC

Computers, Freedom & Privacy Conference 2015 Internet Content Blocking by the U.S. International Trade Commission.   In April 2014, a little-known agency called the U.S. International Trade Commission handed itself power to block data on the Internet. Internet companies fear … Continue reading

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Trademark question of the day, sperm donor edition

From an eagle-eyed student, who also reports that one consequence of transferring from a well-regarded state school to an Ivy League school was the appearance of these ads on his Facebook wall. Dilution of Nike’s marks?  from Blogger http://ift.tt/1WZxI56

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Class claims down the toilet? Court stays lawsuit for FTC action

Belfiore v. Procter & Gamble Co., — F.Supp.3d —-, 2015 WL 5781541, No. 14–CV–4090 (E.D.N.Y. Oct. 5, 2015)   The district court stayed six related consumer class actions against “flushable” wipes on the ground that the FTC could probably protect … Continue reading

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Lexmark means what it says, except when it says not to use the word “standing”

New Jersey Physicians United Reciprocal Exchange v. Boynton & Boynton, Inc., Nos. 12-5610, 13-2286, 2015 WL 5822930 (D.N.J. Oct. 1, 2015)   Plaintiff NJ PURE sued Boynton, who added third-party defendants Joanna Elias and Eric Poe. Boynton is an insurance … Continue reading

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What is ICE seizing?

Early lessons from my FOIA suit against ICE, which has finally resulted in an initial document production: (1) ICE might as well not be keeping records about what it seizes.  The variations include everything from “suspected counterfeit” [particularly informative!], “counterfeit … Continue reading

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