• Court Nixes Webcast Of File-Sharing Trial
    It looks like the record industry's lawsuit against alleged file-sharer Joel Tenenbaum won't be Webcast after all. Today, a federal appellate court overturned federal district court judge Nancy Gertner's groundbreaking order authorizing the Webcast.
  • Amazon Joins Anti-Phorm Brigade
    Online retail giant Amazon said today that it won't allow behavioral targeting company Phorm to glean data from Amazon's U.K. Web sites. The move comes one day after the European Commission said it was commencing legal proceedings against the U.K. regarding Phorm, which so far has the blessing of British authorities.
  • Google Results Trigger Misplaced Outrage
    When you search for Cherie Davis on Google, the first result is a link to a Feb. 26, 2006 post in Sean Healy's sports blog Unknown Column. That post, in the form of a letter to Davis -- mother of speedskating champion Shani Davis -- repeats allegations that she has accused members of the speedskating federation of racism. Healy wasn't the only one to level such allegations -- The Associated Press, Chicago Tribune and others made similar claims. But none of those outlets appear at the top of the search results pages for Google queries on Cherie Davis. Healy's blog …
  • Goldman Sachs: Bogus Legal Theories In Gripe Site Fray
    Wal-Mart has tried it and lost. So has Jerry Falwell. But little things like legal precedent aren't about to deter investment bank Goldman Sachs from attempting to shutter a gripe site. The bank's white shoe law firm, Chadbourne & Parke, recently demanded that the founder of GoldmanSachs666.com cease and desist publishing the blog. Instead, site creator Mike Morgan blogged about the demand and posted a copy of the letter.
  • Consumer Advocates Unimpressed With Time Warner 'Concessions'
    Time Warner's new plan for metered billing isn't going over with consumer advocates any better than the old one. Yesterday evening, the company said it will offer slightly more generous terms in the four new cities where it will test a pay-per-download pricing plan. Rather than a top tier of 40 GB for $55 a month (the maximum cap for the test in Beaumont, Texas), the top tier will be 100 GB for $75. Users will have to pay $1 extra for each additional GB, up to a maximum of $75 a month. For consumers, these changes don't look like …
  • Irony Dept.: News Corp. Throws Rotten Tomatoes At Aggregators
    News Corp. executives made headlines in the last few days by complaining that online aggregators like Google News and Techmeme are "parasites" that poach their content. But these executives conveniently ignore the fact that many, many publishers, including those with ties to mainstream media -- including, in fact, itself -- aggregate content.
  • FCC Kicks Off Broadband Debate
    This morning, the Federal Communications Commission officially commenced efforts to develop a national broadband plan. "We begin at last to do what we should have done years ago -- make a plan for how the United States becomes the world's broadband beacon," acting chairman Michael Copps said in a statement released today.
  • AP Vs. The Web
    It's no secret that the economic crunch is taking a big toll on mainstream media. But media companies' response -- which hinges on complaining about the Internet -- isn't likely to help improve matters. The latest example comes from Associated Press Chairman Dean Singleton, who is railing against portals and other Web sites that, in his words, "walk off with our work under misguided legal theories."
  • Killing The Messenger: Targeting Critics For Reviewing Bootlegs
    When the final Harry Potter book leaked before its official release date, reviewers from The New York Times and The Baltimore Sun independently obtained copies and reviewed the book days before it officially went on sale. The publisher wasn't happy, but few people seriously argued that the newspapers shouldn't have printed the reviews. After all, news organizations aren't obliged to run their stories on any particular timetable. Now, a similar scenario is playing out online -- but has left the reviewer facing repercussions.
  • Google Loses Round In AdWords Lawsuit
    A federal appellate court handed Google a defeat today in a trademark lawsuit stemming from AdWords ads. The 2nd Circuit ruled that allowing a trademark to trigger a search ad is a "use in commerce." The decision doesn't mean that Google will ultimately lose the case. It also doesn't stop Google or other search engines from allowing companies to use trademarks to trigger ads. But it makes doing so riskier: If those ads are found to confuse consumers, search engines could be on the hook for trademark infringement.
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