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California Supreme Court Limits Activities Protected Under Anti-SLAPP
On May 6, 2019, the California Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Inc. v. DoubleVerify Inc. that could carry big implications for California's much-litigated anti-SLAPP law.
United States
27 May 2019
Section 230 Survives To Fight Another Day Following California Supreme Court Decision
As we have noted previously, the California Court of Appeal's Hassell v. Bird decision in 2016 upholding an injunction requiring Yelp to remove certain user reviews was discouraging to social media companies and other online intermediaries, as well as to fans of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and proponents of Internet free speech generally.
United States
31 Aug 2018
Social Links: Revenge Porn Victim Awarded $6.4M; The Discoverability Of Photos Posted To Facebook; Can Users Be Blocked From Government Officials' Social Media Accounts?
Based on copyright infringement, emotional distress and other claims, a federal district court in California awarded $6.4 million to a victim of revenge porn, the posting of explicit material without the subject's consent.
United States
18 Apr 2018
California Court Holds That YouTube's Removal Notice Is Not Defamatory
As we have noted previously, YouTube users sometimes object when the online video giant removes their videos based on terms-of-use violations, such as artificially inflated view counts.
United States
27 Feb 2018
Social Links: Can Media Companies Be Liable For Their Talents' Social Media Posts?; A Trade Group For Social Influencers; A Potentially Dangerous Snapchat Update
An article on The Verge has some useful tips on how to use the function, which is called Snap Map, and how to turn it off.
United States
15 Aug 2017
In A Rough Year For CDA Section 230, Manchanda V. Google Provides Comfort To Website Operators
As we noted in our recent post on the Ninth Circuit case Kimzey v. Yelp! Inc., in the right circumstances, Section 230 of the CDA still provides robust protection against liability...
United States
9 Dec 2016
Controversial California Court Decision Significantly Narrows A Crucial Liability Safe Harbor For Website Operators
A recent California court decision involving Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA) is creating considerable concern among social media companies and other website operators.
United States
30 Aug 2016
The Law And Business Of Social Media - Status Updates, August 27th, 2015
The tech world recently took a giant step forward in the quest to create computers that accurately mimic human sensory and thought processes, thanks to Fei-Fei Li and Andrej Karpathy of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.
United States
2 Sep 2015
Washington State Court Refuses To Unmask Anonymous Online Reviewer
The plaintiff in the case, Florida divorce attorney Deborah Thomson, filed a defamation suit against an anonymous poster of Avvo reviews.
United States
13 Aug 2015
Court Protects Anonymity Of Yelp Users
Virginia's highest court recently held that Yelp could not be forced to turn over the identities of anonymous online reviewers that a Virginia carpet-cleaning owner claimed tarnished his business.
United States
30 Apr 2015
The Law And Business Of Social Media - Status Updates, Septmeber 12th, 2014
Disappearing ink. Facebook is testing, for a small group of users, a feature that will permit a user to schedule a post for automatic deletion after a specified period of time.
United States
19 Sep 2014
The Law And Business of Social Media - Status Updates - August 15th, 2014
Ahead of the law? In Hidalgo County, Texas, a former sheriff has been sued civilly over allegedly illegal campaign contributions.
United States
27 Aug 2014
The Law And Business Of Social Media - Status Updates, August 8th, 2014
A Hong Kong court has found that Google may be liable for defamation based on the words that it used to "auto-complete" a person’s name in a search.
United States
15 Aug 2014
ATSA Immunity: Supreme Court Grants Cert To Decide Bounds For Applying Immunity Under The Aviation Transportation Security Act
The Supreme Court granted certiorari yesterday to decide whether a court can deny immunity under the Aviation Transportation Security Act in a defamation case without first deciding whether an airline’s report to the Transportation Security Administration was true.
United States
1 Jul 2013
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