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4 May 2016, 10:55 am by Venkat Balasubramani
As Venkat notes, this inquiry parallels who is “another information content provider” for Section 230 purposes. [read post]
19 Apr 2016, 8:47 am by Venkat Balasubramani
As Venkat notes, the court harshly criticizes TransUnion for “misleading” consumers by emphasizing one aspect of the contractual terms and not highlighting the remainder. [read post]
18 Apr 2016, 10:20 am by Venkat Balasubramani
So, like Venkat, I don’t see this case as too disconcerting for bloggers who might hope to avail themselves of their homeowner’s insurance policies. [read post]
12 Feb 2016, 9:11 am by Eric Goldman
Venkat’s comments: As with online defamation cases, there is an element of context giving the speakers a certain amount of leeway. [read post]
6 Feb 2016, 11:19 am by Eric Goldman
(Blog 2012) * a new protip: if you’re involved in a fight, check with your lawyer before discussing said fight on Facebook (Blog 2012) BONUS: My co-blogger Venkat Balasubramani has blogged some protips as well: * Pro-tip: if you’re going to let someone borrow your phone, make sure you don’t have any sexy selfies that can be freely accessed by anyone who accesses the phone. [read post]
4 Feb 2016, 10:49 am by Venkat Balasubramani
As Venkat notes, this result parallels the Yelp-reviewers-as-employees lawsuit, which also got zero traction in court. [read post]
23 Jan 2016, 8:21 am by Venkat Balasubramani
Uh… As Venkat intimates, this case looks pretty clearly like an example of celebrity exceptionalism, i.e., if Venkat or I had posted the photo, the court would have tossed the claim, but when the larger-than-life (both metaphorically and literally) Shaquille O’Neal with millions of followers posts the same photo, magically the common law becomes more malleable. [read post]
21 Jan 2016, 9:19 am by Venkat Balasubramani
shutter stock / wave break media – Pretty casual worker using oculus rift in her office Palmer Luckey, who ultimately developed the much-hyped Oculus Rift, entered into an agreement with a company called “Total Recall”. [read post]
11 Jan 2016, 7:00 am by Venkat Balasubramani
Eric’s comments: 1) As Venkat notes, there are some parallels between this case and the Gmail/Yahoo email-scanning-for-ads cases. [read post]
23 Dec 2015, 11:20 am by Venkat Balasubramani
Eric’s comment: As Venkat indicates, this case has important parallels to In re Rolando S, where a high schooler was convicted of identity theft for logging into a classmate’s Facebook account and posting inappropriate sexual content in her name. [read post]
16 Dec 2015, 1:20 pm by Adam Schwartz
Venkat Balasubramani of FOCAL PLLC in Seattle, Washington, is EFF’s local counsel in this case. [read post]
11 Sep 2015, 8:35 am by Eric Goldman
Photo credit: enameled house number two hundred and thirty // ShutterStockI have conflicting feelings about the legal efforts to eliminate online prostitution advertising. [read post]
2 Sep 2015, 9:32 am by Eric Goldman
But we’re seeing the same phenomenon with state laws regarding social media privacy, where the laws are spreading rapidly but not smartly (and Venkat and I keep seeing lawsuits where the laws seemingly should apply but are proving irrelevant). [read post]
31 Aug 2015, 12:57 pm by Eric Goldman
Venkat’s comments: I agree that social media discovery more often than not casts an unduly wide net. [read post]
25 Aug 2015, 6:48 am
Then Venkat Balasubramani, a highly experienced Washington cyberspace lawyer (of Focal PLLC and Technology & Marketing Law Blog), stepped in as Gjoni’s counsel and raised First Amendment, statutory and jurisdictional objections. [read post]