Is Facebook Beacon Gone?

[Important UPDATES below] I just looked at Facebook’s privacy settings to remind myself how to opt out of the Beacon feature for the article I am writing about social marketing. Amidst the redesign and snappy new home page, it appears the tab I described earlier this month is now gone. Has Facebook quietly pulled the […]

This Might Convince Me to Buy an iPhone

Lifehacker and CNET point out that IBM is releasing an “Ultralite” version of iNotes — a way of accessing your Lotus Domino (= Notes server) e-mail, contacts, and calendar from an Apple iPhone. This is cool, and a nice addition (competitor) to the current POP / IMAP options for iPhone. I’ve held off on buying […]

South Carolina Tries Peer Review

The South Carolina Law Review is launching a pilot program where submitted articles are evaluated by peer reviewers who are knowledgeable about the article’s subject matter. This is terrific news: peer review will help improve the quality of published articles, and will increase the likelihood that published pieces are genuinely novel contributions to the scholarly […]

IP Norms in Stand-Up Comedy

The other day I had the pleasure of attending a faculty workshop here at the University of Minnesota Law School where Chris Sprigman from the University of Virginia Law School presented a paper he coauthored with his colleague Dotan Oliar entitled “The Emergence of Intellectual Property Norms in Stand-Up Comedy.” The paper and talk were […]

Should Congress Cap Statutory Damages for Copyright Infringement at 100x Actual Harm?

Cecilia Gonzalez downloaded 30 copyrighted sound recordings using a peer-to-peer file-sharing program. The downloads were unauthorized by the holders of copyright in the works; accordingly, Gonzalez infringed. Had she purchased the 30 songs off iTunes (for example) at 99ยข each, her out-of-pocket cost would have been (say) $30. After subtracting the commission Apple collects from […]

Again with the Linking!

A recent dispute in Wisconsin has raised an issue I thought long-dead: whether permission is required to link to a Web site. Jennifer Reisinger, a resident of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, runs a Web design business and is also a political gadfly – she set up a Web site that seeks to have the mayor of Sheboygan, […]

Happy One Web Day!

Today is One Web Day, a grassroots effort to demonstrate the wonderful transformation made possible by the networked world. Take a moment today to reflect on all the great benefits we take for granted that we didn’t enjoy just 10 or 12 years ago (and, in some cases, given the speed of technology, 10 or […]

McCain Wrongly Slammed as Copyright Infringer

John McCain is not a popular candidate among celebrity musicians and actors. My beloved Doonesbury ran a terrific week of strips making this point hilariously, with a Hollywood agent trying to line up a celebrity gala, starting here. There are no pretentious Johansson videos for McCain. But political disagreement with the man is no […]

Filtering on Planes, or Why I Will Only Take Amtrak

American Airlines is testing in-flight wi-fi Internet access, and flight attendants want something to be done to prevent passengers from looking at naughty things in flight. (“something” = filter the content). This brings back some funny travel memories from my days in consulting, such as seeing someone on a flight to Toronto openly reading Playboy, […]

5 Favorite Non-Law Blogs

I often find these chain-letter memes annoying, but this one is on such a valuable topic I am happy to participate: Mike Madison tags me to name five favorite non-legal blogs. It’s hard to pick just five, and some of my favorites are so obscure that I won’t subject you to them. But here goes: