Saturday, January 30, 2010

NBA Limits Social Media Effectiveness

Good article on the NBA's new 75 mile radius rule regarding the use of marketing and social media outlets...check it out

Friday, January 29, 2010

I thought Super Bowls Ads Were Going to Decrease in this economy...

Ohio Court Limits its Protection of Online Porn

The Ohio Supreme Court has narrowly interpreted a state law aimed to protecting children from online pornography and predators, delivering a partial blow to free-speech advocates who wanted it thrown out as unconstitutional. In its unanimous decision, the court said a 2004 law extending the state's definition of "material harmful to minors" to the Internet is clearly intended to apply only to person-to-person communications - not to generally accessible Web sites and public chat rooms. [Washington Post]

One of the First Twitter Lawsuits in Illinois Gets Dismissed

BNA’s Electronic Commerce & Law Report reports that the Illinois Circuit Court for Cook County ruled Jan. 20 that a statement published to the Twitter social networking site claiming that an apartment management company “thinks it's okay” for residents to sleep in moldy apartments is not actionable as defamation per se. Judge Diane Larsen dismissed an apartment company's defamation action against one of its tweeting residents with little fanfare. Case name is Horizon Group Management LLC v. Bonnen. (Subscription required. Free trial available) [BNA]

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Interesting Stuff This Week

A proposed amendment to the Digital Economy Bill in the UK exempts search engines from copyright infringement claims from third parties – Rupert Murdoch presumably included. The amendment would give Google legal immunity with which to index News Corp. content, settling that thorny topic once and for all. However, under the amendment a publisher blocking search spiders with a robots.txt file would be taken as withholding that right. [Guardian]
France's culture minister Tuesday unveiled a plan for adapting the country's literary patrimony to the digital age by developing what he hopes will prove a uniquely Gallic competitor to Google Books. Frederic Mitterrand didn't rule out cooperating with the ubiquitous, U.S.-based search engine and said France was prepared to share files with Google under certain conditions. But he made clear that the company would have to play by France's rules. [Siliconvalley.Com]
U.S., Google And China Square Off Over InternetGoogle's threat to quit China over censorship and hacking intensified Sino-U.S. frictions on Wednesday as Washington said it had serious concerns and demanded an explanation from Beijing. China has not made any significant comment since Google, the world's top search engine, said it will not abide by censorship and may shut its Chinese-language website because of attacks from China on human rights activists using its Gmail service and on dozens of companies, including Adobe Systems. Friction over the Internet, part of a long-running dispute over human rights, appears likely to stoke U.S.-China tensions. [Washington Post]
Yahoo Backs Google's Response To China HackersYahoo supports rival Google's threatened departure from China because of computer attacks that pried into the e-mail accounts of human rights activists. In a statement Wednesday, Yahoo said it's "aligned" with Google's reaction to the hacking that originated within China. [Washington Post]
NY Court Oks Internet Music Sales LawsuitA U.S. federal appeals court revived an antitrust lawsuit Wednesday that accuses major record labels controlling 80 percent of U.S. digital music sales of scheming together to charge high prices. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said the lawsuit can proceed before a judge in Manhattan because enough facts, as described by the plaintiffs, support the claims. [Washington Post]

Monday, January 11, 2010

Guide to the NFL Combine

Nike Air Kanyeezy: Kanye West's Nike Shoes

These shoes sell for over $300....I just saw a pair go on eBay for $786.79.... The bottom of the shoes actually glow in the dark and they are pretty cool. But in this economy...$780 bux... That deserves a C'mon man....

Thursday, January 7, 2010

The Top Ten Playa's Who Will Shape Technology Law

From Michael Geist at

1) Tony Clement, federal Industry Minister. From anti-spam legislation to the national copyright consultation, Clement demonstrated a keen interest in technology issues during his first year as industry minister.

This year should be no different with privacy reform legislation, a new copyright bill and rules for another wireless spectrum auction all on the agenda. To top it off, Clement has sent strong signals that he wants to forge ahead with a long-overdue national digital strategy.

2) James Moore, federal Heritage Minister. Young, bilingual, and tech-savvy, Moore broke the mould for a minister of Canadian heritage.
This year will present Moore with at least two highly contentious issues likely to leave many unhappy: copyright reform and fee-for-carriage for television broadcast signals.

• Stockwell Day, federal International Trade Minister. The link between international trade and tech policy is not immediately obvious, yet two trade initiatives mean that Day may dictate policy ultimately to his cabinet counterparts Clement and Moore. The anti-counterfeiting trade agreement and the Canada-European Union trade agreement both fall under his mandate and feature detailed intellectual property provisions.

• Peter Van Loan, federal Public Safety Minister. Van Loan is responsible for Bills C-46 and C-47, the controversial lawful access legislation that died last week with the decision to prorogue Parliament. Part security, part privacy and part Internet, the legislation likely will be reintroduced and face stiff opposition when it comes before a House of Commons committee in 2010.

• Charlie Angus, NDP digital affairs critic. The only opposition member to make the list, Angus is frequently the sole voice on digital policy issues on Parliament Hill. With the Liberal Party seemingly unable to muster a coherent digital policy, Angus has filled the void by introducing net neutrality legislation, injecting himself into the copyright debate – and providing a consistent voice for artists' concerns.

• Konrad von Finckenstein, chair of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. Coming off a busy year, von Finckenstein will remain in the spotlight in 2010.
The CRTC's fee-for-carriage decision will become an immediate lightning rod for praise or criticism (likely both), while the commission's enforcement efforts on the do-not-call registry and net neutrality guidelines will face intense scrutiny.

• Jennifer Stoddart, Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Stoddart enters the final year of her seven-year term with an opportunity to leave her mark on privacy in Canada. Her Facebook decision garnered international attention in 2009, leaving Stoddart with considerable capital to play an influential role on lawful access, privacy reform and anti-spam legislation.

• Ron Kirk, U.S. Trade Representative. Kirk is the leading figure on U.S. trade policy.
U.S. trade officials will undoubtedly claim that Canadian laws are inadequate and Kirk will therefore maintain maximum pressure on Canada on behalf of U.S. lobby interests.

• David Jacobson, U.S. Ambassador to Canada. Jacobson had scarcely unpacked after being confirmed to the post this fall before he was criticizing Canadian intellectual property laws.
Working together with Kirk, Jacobson will provide ample evidence that a change in administration does not mean a change in attitude on digital policy.

Thousands of online Canadians. Last year demonstrated that Canadians are keenly aware of digital issues and willing to actively voice their views. Record numbers participated in the copyright consultation, thousands submitted comments to the CRTC on net neutrality, and more than 100,000 emailed their views on the fee-for-carriage debate.

Friday, January 1, 2010