• Unsealed Brief In Google Trademark Case Shows Little Cause For Confidentiality
    When Rosetta Stone appealed the dismissal of its lawsuit against Google for allegedly infringing trademark on AdWords, the language learning company filed a good portion of the brief under seal, which included material that both companies wanted to keep confidential. Advocacy group Public Citizen protested, arguing that this closely watched case -- which could determine whether Google can allow companies to use trademarks to trigger search ads -- shouldn't be litigated in secrecy. The parties then agreed to unseal Rosetta Stone's brief, which happened yesterday.
  • Appeal Rejected, P2P User On Hook For $28K
    The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to hear the appeal of Whitney Harper, leaving her facing a $27,750 bill for having downloaded 37 tracks from Kazaa when she was 16.
  • Kindsight Readies Test Of ISP-Based Targeting, Hasn't Named ISPs
    Two years after complaints by lawmakers, consumer advocates and others shut down behavioral targeting company NebuAd -- which partnered with Internet service providers to serve ads to people based on their Web activity -- another company, Kindsight, is readying tests of the same controversial technology in the U.S., The Wall Street Journal reports.
  • Three's A Trend: Another Judge Challenges Righthaven's Claims
    Copyright enforcement outfit Righthaven, which sues bloggers, nonprofits and other small Web publishers for allegedly reposting articles from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, appears to be running into some hurdles in its litigation campaign.
  • World Privacy Forum: FTC, Not Commerce, Should Take Lead On Privacy
    Online privacy will be the subject of two separate upcoming governmental reports -- which is one too many, some advocates say.
  • Report: FCC Set For Net Neutrality Push When Congress On Turkey Break
    The Federal Communications Commission is reportedly gearing up once again to tackle net neutrality. A report today in Politico says that the FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is readying a proposal based on one floated earlier this year by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.). Waxman attempted to gain bi-partisan consensus for a bill that would require wireline broadband providers to refrain from discriminating or prioritizing traffic for the next two years.
  • Anti-Piracy Proposal Pits Free Speech Advocates Against Newspaper Association of America
    A Senate committee this week unanimously approved a troubling anti-piracy law that would enable the federal authorities to seek court orders directing Internet service providers and domain registrars to shut down sites allegedly dedicated to infringement.
  • Righthaven Backtracks In Democratic Underground Copyright Infringement Suit
    Most of the time, it's defendants who ask judges to dismiss lawsuits and plaintiffs who argue that the case should remain on the court docket. But with Righthaven's litigation campaign against bloggers, nothing is happening quite as one would expect.
  • Report: Congress To Explore Do-Not-Track
    The technological feasibility of a do-not-track registry might be uncertain, but the concept has nonetheless caught the attention of policymakers. In the latest sign that some in Congress are at least considering whether to back the idea, the House subcommittee for commerce, trade, and consumer protection has convened a hearing about online privacy at which it will explore do-not-track, according to The Washington Post. The hearing is tentatively slated for Dec. 2.
  • Magazine That Lifted Blogger's Post Now Considering Shutdown
    Judith Griggs, the editor and publisher of Cooks Source magazine, now says she might shutter the 13-year-old publication in wake of the commotion that erupted after it came to light that the magazine had lifted a blogger's article.
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