CLBR #81: Year in Review with Kashmir Hill and Marc Randazza v the PRC

HILL, RANDAZZA RETURN TO CLBR FOR YEAR END REVIEW CLBR’s year-end countdown begins with a special edition featuring the return of one of the internet’s top journalist along with one of its top newsmakers this Wednesday at 10AM PT/ 1 PM ET on WebmasterRadio.fm. Forbes’ “The Not-So Private Parts” Blogger Kashmir Hill returns to CLBR…

In the Courts: Scareware, Facebook Trilogy and Double-Whammy and RIP Righthaven

Ascentive Settles Scareware Class Action for $9.6MM Software vendor Ascentive, best known for its FinallyFast product, has agreed to pay $9.6 million to settle a class-action complaint that alleged it tricked consumers into believing that their computers were underperforming by providing them with free ‘diagnostic scans’ that were designed to artificially report an exaggerated number…

Today on Cyber Law and Business Report: Randazza, Righthaven and Roger Williams

Today we feature famed First Amendment attorney Marc Randazza to talk about putting the nail in Righthaven’s coffin.   Righthaven’s legacy is  lawsuits generating settlements of approximately $352,500 that have now resulted in the payment of sanctions and attorneys fees to defendants of approximately $225,172.15.  (See Righthaven Lawsuits for more information.) Cyber Law and Business Reports airs…

In the Courts: Email Litigation, FTC Enforcement, Righthaven’s Losing Streak and More

Michigan Email Law Preempted Under CAN-SPAM A Michigan Federal Court dismissed a complaint under Michigan’s commercial email statute finding that it was preempted by the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003.  As interpreted, the federal law only permits state regulation dealing with material  falsity or deception in emails, but the court found that the Michigan law was…

In the Courts: Social Media in the Workplace, Righthaven, e360’s $3.00

  IN THE COURTS Judge Reinstates Workers Fired for Complaining on Facebook An administrative law judge ruled in favor of five workers who were fired for complaining about workplace conditions on Facebook. The judge concluded that “a conversation among co-workers about their terms and conditions of employment” is protected under the National Labor Relations Act regardless…

Next CLBR – ISP Graduated Response and the role of the Internet in 2012

LISTEN OTHER RECENT SHOWS Simple Mistakes Companies Make Air Date: July 13, 2011 Bennet speaks with guest Brian Benenhaley, co-founder and a member of the Board of Directors of ReachSmart Interactive and the AdDrive Affiliate Network, and the two discuss the most common legal mistakes companies make, and how to avoid them. http://www2.webmasterradio.fm/cyberlaw-and-business-report/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/FlowPlayerClassic.swf Podcast: Play in…

In the Courts: Righthaven Retreats & History Sniffing

Righthaven in Retreat After courts’ began expressing hostility towards copyright troll Righthaven’s lawsuits against bloggers and others, Righthaven has reversed course and is seeking to dismiss its case against DemocraticUnderground.com explaining it will no longer file suit if less than 75 percent of the work is used. At the same time, Righthaven’s continued viability was…

Ted’s Tubes: Google Sounds Trade Alarm, From Russian with Spam, Wiki-Leaks & Net Meter

Google Sounds Alarm Bell over Internet Trade Barriers “More than 40 governments now engage in broad-scale restriction of online information, a tenfold increase from just a decade ago.”  This was one of the opening points of a white paper released by Google entitled “Enabling Trade in the Era of Information Technologies: Breaking Down Barriers to…