Saturday, February 27, 2010

News From GM Mike Tannenbaum of the Jets

Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum just spoke at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis today and here are a few nuggets:

  • WR Braylon Edwards, who is expected to get a first- and third-round tender of a one-year deal worth over $5 million, had better put up or pack up, Tannenbaum said in no uncertain terms. Edwards, who had an up-and-down season, is looking for a long-term deal.
  • K Jay Feely will hit the free agent market but Tannenbaum said it's not over until it's over. ``We'll keep the lines of communication open. ... By no means does that mean Jay will not be back." Meanwhile, the GM called the signing of ex-Cowboys kicker Nick Folk "good business." Feely, who made $1.5 million last season, must be looking to break the bank. At 33, Feely must figure this is his last shot at a big contract and he wants to cash in.
  • Tannenbaum didn't provide an update on talks with veteran RB Thomas Jones. Jones, who is due to receive a $3 million roster bonus next month and a $2.8 million base salary in 2010, has been told to rework his done or take a walk. The two sides will meet in Indy.
  • The Jets are expected to meet with the agent for two-time Pro Bowl center Nick Mangold, who is in the final year of his contract.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Facebook Gets Patent

Facebook this week was awarded a patent pertaining to streaming "feed" technology, more specifically "dynamically providing a news feed about a user of a social network," complementing another patent filing that has been published but not yet approved. [CNET]

Thursday, February 25, 2010

A Lot of Press for GOOGLE

Google Inc. representatives are scheduled to resume discussions in coming days with Chinese officials about the fate of Google's China business, said people briefed on the matter. The schedule and the status of the talks, which are being picked up after a break for the Chinese New Year holiday, are unclear. [WSJ]
Former children's laureates Quentin Blake, Anne Fine and Jacqueline Wilson, bestselling authors Jeffrey Archer and Louis de Bernières and critical favourites Thomas Pynchon, Zadie Smith and Jeanette Winterson have all opted out of the controversial Google book settlement, court documents have revealed. [Guardian]
Intel Corp. has revealed that it was targeted by a "sophisticated" hacker attack this year at about the same time as a spying probe that hit Google Inc. Intel disclosed the attack in a regulatory filing late Monday. [AP]

An Italian court has convicted three Google executives in a trial over a video showing a teenager with Down's Syndrome being bullied. The Google employees were accused of breaking Italian law by allowing the video to be posted online. [BBC]
Google is facing a preliminary anti-monopoly probe by the European Commission into its dominant position in online browsing and digital advertising following allegations that it demotes competing websites to the lower echelons of customers' search results. The Silicon Valley internet company revealed today that the commission has sent out formal questionnaires seeking information about complaints from three firms – the British price comparison site Foundem, a French legal search engine called eJustice and a shopping site, Ciao, which is owned by Microsoft. [Guardian]

Monday, February 22, 2010

Trailers and Movie Previews Before Films are Compilations, Says the Southern District of NY

BNA’s Electronic Commerce & Law Report reports that the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York held Jan. 11 that for the purposes of calculating statutory damages under the Copyright Act, film previews included on infringing DVDs were part of one compilation and did not count as separate infringed works entitled to additional damages. Case name is Nature's Enterprises Inc. v. Pearson. [BNA]

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Janikowski Gets $9 Mill Guaranteed

Congrats to Sebastian Janikowski and his agent Paul Healy for landing the largest contract ever for an NFL kicker.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

More on the facebook and free speech case from my last post...

Thinking more about the case in my last post... I couldn't help but compare the judges decision with prior decisions regarding comments from employees regarding employers that turned out drastically different. Several precedent cases have allowed employers to fire employees for comments made on social networking sites. That seems to be different here in this case when a student from a public school was involved. I know the case hasn't been decided yet, but the preliminary ruling by the judge seems to favor the broad umbrella of free speech and the student.

This makes me question what the different between these two cases might be??? One of the things that I think it is might be the public school versus private employer setting, giving the private employer more control of its employers...... Any thoughts???

Judge Says Facebook Group About "the worst teacher ever" is Okay

This case could be a big one in regards to free speech for all on social networking websites such as facebook and twitter

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Italy Clamps Down with Control over Online Videos

Italy Plans To Extend TV Rules To Web Videos
Italy's government is forging ahead with plans to extend television-broadcasting regulations to Web sites that host videos, marking one of the most sweeping attempts by a Western government to tighten control over the use of video on the Internet. The draft decree, expected to take effect early this month, would force sites such as YouTube to operate more like traditional TV broadcasters within Italian borders. [WSJ]

2010 Games in Vancouver

The Olympic Games are starting tomorrow officially. The opening ceremonies just ended and I was actually impressed. I did not think any nation could top China's opening ceremony last Olympics, and the Vancouver ceremonies certainly did not, but it was very well done. The executive producer David Atkins, the man who did the Sydney Olympic games and many others, did a great job. I really like the effects that he had with the lights and water scenes in the beginning and was very impressed with the overall choreography and stamina of the entertainers. 2010 has been a great year for me so far, and the winter Olympics starting only makes this year better. LETS GO USA!!!

Internet Law News This Week

From BNA Internet News.... Thanks to Michael Geist

Ebay Loses Another Suit Over Louis Vuitton Brand
eBay has lost another lawsuit filed against it by luxury goods maker Louis Vuitton Malletier. The Paris District Court ruled Thursday that eBay was liable for harming the reputation of LVM's trademarks, company name, and domain name. LVM had sued eBay claiming that the site was using keywords that hurt the Louis Vuitton brand. [CNET]

Google Fights Back Against Book Settlement Critics
Google filed a strong defense of its digital books settlement with the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers, a week before a federal judge is scheduled to hold a hearing in the protracted copyright case. The filing is routine and reiterates arguments the search giant has repeatedly made to defend its 2008 settlement, which allows it to distribute millions of books it scanned online in exchange for sharing revenue with rights holders. [WSJ]

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

KOBE Passes NBA Legend Jerry West

Congrat's to the "Black Mamba" Kobe Bryant for becoming the leading scoring in LA Lakers history today. Scoring 44 points against the Memphis Grizzlies to pass the longstanding record held by Jerry West.