Copyright enforcer Righthaven caught a minor break this week when U.S. District Court Judge Philp Pro in Nevada agreed to stay an order requiring the company to reimburse defense attorneys $34,000 in a case it had lost. Pro did, however, require Righthaven to post a $34,000 bond with the court.
A coalition of digital rights groups are asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Facebook for allegedly learning which outside sites users visited when they were logged out of the service.
The Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules aren't just under attack by broadband providers and Republican lawmakers. Advocacy group Free Press also is mounting a challenge to the rules for not going far enough to protect consumers.
Given the company's history of privacy flaps, it shouldn't surprise anyone that Facebook is now embroiled in yet another controversy. This latest blow-up concerns Facebook's widgets, such as the "Like" button. It's been known for at least one year that Facebook can track logged-in users across any site with a Like button, even if they don't click on the button. That revelation not only sparked a lawsuit (which is still pending), but also motivated Google engineer Brian Kennish to create a "Facebook Disconnect" app that blocks publishers from sending information to Facebook.
Opponents to the Federal Communications Commission's controversial net neutrality rules are stepping up their efforts to nix the regs.
Netflix is continuing to lobby to modify a 1988 privacy law that protects the confidentiality of people's movie rental records.
Starting in 2005, Borders began amassing a database of more than 48 million email addresses of customers who participated in its loyalty program. Now that the company is in bankruptcy, that email database is seen as valuable property by Barnes & Noble, which won an auction to purchase Borders' assets for $13.9 million. The problem for Barnes & Noble is that Borders originally promised many of the customers in its loyalty program that it wouldn't disclose their personal information without their permission. Borders changed its policy in May of 2008, but collected millions of email addresses and other data …
Blockbuster has been hit with a new privacy lawsuit alleging that it violates a federal law by keeping detailed records about Web users.
Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt could be in for some pointed questions tomorrow, when the Senate antitrust panel holds a hearing focused on the search giant.
Three years ago, Google forged a deal with authors and publishers that would have allowed Google to sell "orphan works" -- or books under copyright but whose owners can't be found -- without risking liability for copyright infringement. Now, however, new information turned up by the Authors Guild challenges the premise that "orphan works" will remain unavailable without a change in the law.