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  1. Yelp: Court Ruling on Anonymous Customer Reviews 'Could Have a Chilling Effect on Free Speech'

    This ruling also shows the need for strong state and federal legislation to prevent meritless lawsuits aimed solely at stifling free speech. Hadeed pressed, Yelp resisted, and chose to ignore a county court order, and an additional court was...

  2. Google Celebrates Gay Pride Month, Supports LGBT Employees

    Supreme Court decisions involving gay rights: California’s Prop 8 allowing same-sex marriage and the ruling on the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Google is celebrating gay pride month in a big way. From its internal committees to its speaker...

  3. Another Loss for Viacom in Endless YouTube Copyright Legal Battle

    For the second time, a federal court correctly rejected Viacom's lawsuit against YouTube. Google-owned video-sharing site YouTube has handed Viacom yet another loss in the latest round of a copyright infringement court case that has lasted six...

  4. Google Not Responsible for Content of Paid Search Ads, Australian Court Rules

    The Australian High Court’s ruling overturns a Federal Court ruling from last April, which found Google guilty of engaging in misleading and deceptive conduct in four cases between 2005 and 2008 – based on a prior court decision that found a...

  5. Google’s Rosetta Stone AdWords Woes Continue as Case Reopened

    Rosetta Stone’s trademark infringement lawsuit against Google, first filed in 2009 and dismissed by a Virginia court in August 2010, has been revived by a federal appeals court. The appeals court ruling will be one to watch.

  6. Google Forfeiture: Government Splits $500 Million

    A Google spokesperson said on that ruling, “We are disappointed by the Federal Court's decision that Google should be responsible for the content of four particular ads on its platform. Each of the four federal agencies contributed to the...

  7. Judge Orders ALL Search Engines, Social Networks to De-index Seized Websites

    Having a federal judge curating a multibillion-page search index is a little like putting a finger in the hole of the dam without realizing there are 100 more holes draining the same lake," says Skrenta.

  8. Real Names: Google+, Government & The Identity Ecosystem

    The Federal Government commits to collaborate with the private sector; state, local, tribal, and territorial governments; and international governments–and to provide the support and action necessary to make the Identity Ecosystem a reality.

  9. Homeland Security Seized Torrent Domain That Gave Same Results Google Still Does

    The section notice posted at the domains taken down for hosting torrents and a torrent search engine - Torrent-Finder.com goes on to state: "Willful copyright infringement is a federal crime that carries penalties for first time offenders of up to...

  10. YouTube Wins Case Against Viacom

    David Lieberman of USA TODAY says, "Entertainment companies may find it harder to keep movie and TV show clips from circulating for free online after a federal judge on Wednesday threw out Viacom's hotly contested $1 billion copyright infringement...

  11. Federal Court Dismisses Online Travel Hotel Tax Suit

    Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has dismissed a suit brought forth by Pitt County, North Carolina (Greenville, NC is located there for those who are NC-challenged) to charge online travel sites such as Expedia and Travelocity for hotel...