Internet Law

1908 ABA Journal Internet Law articles.

Former prosecutor’s disbarment for anonymous online posts is lesson for other lawyers, court says

A former federal prosecutor has been disbarred for posting anonymous online comments about cases being handled by himself or by his office.

The Louisiana Supreme Court ordered the disbarment of…

Cybersquatters have taken advantage of BigLaw mergers to beat those firms to the trademark registry
Chinese copycats have long bedeviled popular brands in fashion and consumer products, but cybersquatters in China now target major global law firms--registering names, especially well-known brand or company names, as internet domains, with the hope of reselling them for a profit.
Supreme Court to decide whether public access channel can be sued for First Amendment violation
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether the operator of a public-access TV channel is a state actor who can be sued by two producers for an alleged First Amendment violation. The case raises a broader question of whether private property can be a public forum, according to Howe on the Court and the Constitution Daily.
Writer sues creator of crowdsourced spreadsheet that accused him of abuse, seeks to out contributors

A writer who was accused of sexual misconduct on a crowdsourced Google spreadsheet of “Shitty Media Men” has sued the creator of the list, along with Jane Doe defendants who…

Department of Justice to sue California over state’s new net neutrality rules

The Trump administration will sue California to try and block the state’s net neutrality law, which sets up yet another high-profile battle between the federal government and the country’s most…

Hackers are increasingly gaining access to systems to mine cryptocurrency, report finds
Hackers are using illegal means to create cryptocurrency at an increasing rate thanks to a software vulnerability leaked by the National Security Agency, says a new report shining light on a novel criminal aspect of cryptocurrency.
9th Circuit reinstates First Amendment challenge to cyberstalking law

A federal appeals court has allowed an activist to pursue his First Amendment challenge to Washington state’s cyberstalking law.

The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the…

9th Circuit rules that sharing IP address is insufficient for copyright infringement

The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that a bare internet protocol address is not enough to bring a copyright infringement claim, affirming the…

Can the government regulate Google search results? Lawyers weigh in
Lawyers are considering how and whether the government could use its regulatory authority over Google after President Donald Trump complained Tuesday that search results are skewed against conservative voices.
Law firm seeks to seize rival’s URL; suit alleges ‘hijacked’ website traffic and content

A lawsuit filed by an Aurora, Illinois, law firm claims a suburban Chicago rival increased its profits by $2 million over a two-year period by duplicating website content and confusing…

DNC lawsuit against WikiLeaks served via Twitter

The Democratic National Committee has used Twitter to serve a lawsuit against WikiLeaks that accuses the website of participating in a conspiracy to hack into DNC emails and denigrate…

Judge orders Discord app to reveal identity of woman accused of encouraging Charlottesville violence

A federal magistrate judge in San Francisco has ordered an anonymous messaging app to release the identity of a woman accused of helping plan violence at the white supremacist rally…

Prince’s estate files lawsuit over cybersquatting of prince.com

The estate of the late recording artist and actor Prince is suing an Englewood, New Jersey-based domain broker for cybersquatting the prince.com website.

Filed last Wednesday in the U.S. District…

Lawsuit settlement will allow online blueprints for 3D-printed guns

Beginning Aug. 1, a Texas company will be able to publish its blueprints to make guns from 3D printers without fear of reprisal by the U.S. State Department.

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Former top lawyer for state health department charged with sending threatening emails to herself

The former general counsel for the Oklahoma State Department of Health has been charged with sending threatening emails to herself and reporting them to state officials.

Lawyer Julie Ezell, 37,…

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