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Constitutional Law

Fed Ct. Rules First Amendment Stops Public Official From Blocking Social Media Followers

A Virginia Federal Court has ruled that a public official’s blocking of a Twitter follower of the public official’s Facebook was a violation of the follower’s First Amendment rights. The caseDavidson v. Loudon County Board of Supervisors, involved the chair of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, Phyllis J. Randall. In her capacity as a […]

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Copyright Law Entertainment Law Intellectual Property Litigation Trademark Law

Viral FB Copyright Notice Of No Use and Largely Unnecessary Unless You are in the Business of Selling Images and Videos

OK I have received many inquiries from people around the country about “FB’s new Guidelines” or “IP issues now that FB is public.” Just about every FB user has seen a proliferation of folks posting a statement about “owning their P rights” etc. It look something like this: In response to the new Facebook guidelines, […]

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General Intellectual Property Litigation

Paul Ceglia Arrested on Fraud Charges Stemming From Facebook Lawsuit -No Shock There!

Paul Ceglia,the plaintiff, in a bizarre case brought against Facebook in a Western New York Federal Court was arrested by the US Attorney’s Office yesterday. Ceglia claimed in court that he had a contract from back in 2003 that proved that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg promised him 50% of the company Zuckerberg was developing. He […]

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General Intellectual Property Litigation

Judge Fines Plaintiff and Lawyer in Quirky Lawsuit Against Facebook

I have been following and blogging about the strange case filed in Federal District Court in Buffalo New York by Paul Ceglia and his lawyer Dean Boland. Ceglia claims he has a written agreement between him and Mark Zuckerberg where Zuckerberg agrees to give him 50% of Facebook in exchange for a small investment and […]

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Constitutional Law Criminal Law Intellectual Property Litigation

If You’re A Criminal Be Careful Who Your Friends Are (Or Don’t Be An Idiot and Post About Your Crimes on FB!)

Social media’s insertion into the courtroom continues as a NY Federal Judge ruled that a criminal defendant’s Facebook posts about his criminal activity could form the bass for a search warrant into his home. Federal prosecutors got a look at Melvin Colon’s Facebook profile through the account of one of Colon’s friends, who was a […]

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General Litigation

Strange Case Against Facebook Rages On in Western NY: May Require FB To Produce Zuckerberg’s Original Computer

In a strange case I reported on a few months ago, a Western NY man is claiming he was an original partner of Mark Zuckerberg’s in Facebook. He claimed he had a signed contract and emails to and from Zuckerberg proving his claim. FB immediately shot back and called the whole claim a fraud and […]

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General Litigation

Facebook Fighting Strange Case in Western NY

This week, a Federal lawsuit was filed in Buffalo NY against Facebook, Inc. and its principal shareholder Mark Zuckerberg, by a man named Paul Ceglia. Ceglia claims that Zuckerberg answered Ceglia’s ad back in the day to help Ceglia develop software for a street-mapping program Ceglia was trying to get started. Ceglia claims he paid […]

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General

From Cyberbullying to Suicide to Arrest. Only Possible In the FB Generation

I could write about how Tyler Clementi’s suicide was in part fueled by the rampant anti-gay rhetoric of  Tea Party people and their candidates. Or how incredibly sad it is that in 2010 being outted as gay is still something that would drive a talented young man to jump off the George Washington Bridge. But […]