Category Archives: Internet

YouTube “Gets Tubed” by Internal E-Mails Showing Knowledge of Copyright Infringement

It never ceases to amaze me what even sophisticated business people will write in an e-mail.  The executives of YouTube obviously are sophisticated, both in business and technology, yet e-mails that surfaced in a major copyright lawsuit with Viacom have seriously damaged … Continue reading

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Kinder, Gentler Illegal Download Prevention?

Before SOPA and PIPPA’s fifteen minutes of fame, the Center for Copyright Information (CCI) was formed last September as an experiment in cooperation between content provider representatives and internet service providers. If it had been fully functional last winter, there might have been … Continue reading

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Indiana COA Upholds Rights of Internet Commenters to Remain Anonymous

In a case of first impression, the Indiana Court of Appeals held earlier this week that the identity of anonymous internet posters is protected under the First Amendment and Article I, Section 9 of the Indiana Constitution and should not be subject to subpoena … Continue reading

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Free speech over the Internet put to the test

As featured in The Indiana Lawyer this week in the commentary section. http://bit.ly/AuczZ8 There is nothing like free expression to test how much we truly value that freedom. Views expressed in a free and open exchange are sometimes ugly, mean-spirited or … Continue reading

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Are Bloggers Subject to a Higher Standard Than Professional Journalists?

The curious case of self-styled “Investigatory Blogger” Crystal Cox has received much attention in the blogosphere. Last month, a federal court jury in Oregon returned a $2.5 million defamation verdict against Cox as a result of a series of defamatory … Continue reading

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Counsel Debate Value of Anonymous Internet Posts

Are internet forums analogous to the soapbox in the town square — the technological equivalent of Speakers’ Corner in London’s Hyde Park? Or are internet forums the 21st century version of the Wild West where reputations are shot down with … Continue reading

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Oral Argument on Monday in Case of First Impression

A panel of three Judges of the Indiana Court of Appeals will hear oral argument Monday afternoon, December 12, 2011, starting at 1 PM in the Indiana Supreme Courtroom, in a media law case of first impression in Indiana. I’ve … Continue reading

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