DiMeo v. Max Affirmed

Earlier this week I taught the case of DiMeo v. Max in civil procedure. As Derek explained the district court ruling last year in this space , it was both a funny opinion and also a clear explanation of the federal-law immunity that certain web sites enjoy for user-generated content that might otherwise give rise […]

Using Your Bean?

One of my former Trademarks students, Sonja Markwart, notes that local coffee chain Beaner’s Coffee is changing its name to Biggby Coffee (does the extra G stand for “extra good”?). Why? Turns out “beaner” is a slur (though not a well-known one) that maligns Hispanics. (I didn’t know this, and I drove in Boston traffic […]

Best … Star … Footnote … Ever!

The “star footnote” at the beginning of a law review article — also known as the “Oscar speech footnote” or sometimes the “vanity footnote” — typically includes some biographical information and a list of “thank-yous” just like the “Acknowledgments” section of a book. They can be a little silly sometimes. They also are a haven […]

Net Neutrality Debate at Wayne State – Tuesday, 25 September, 12:15PM

On Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 12:15PM in Room 2249 at Wayne State University Law School, Prof. Jon Weinberg will debate Diane Katz, Director of Science, Environment, and Technology at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy on net neutrality. The Wayne State Federalist Society is kindly sponsoring the debate, which includes free food! I’m moderating, so […]

Steve Davidoff on Sallie Mae

Student loans are either a monthly expense or a painful memory for most of us. I had a brief two-week interregnum between Lotus and law school where I was free from student debt. Ah, those were the days! Education lender Sallie Mae is up for sale, and it appears that the buyers are backing out. […]

The Demise of Times Select

Until recently, it looked to me and to most others like newspaper web sites would have to stop giving away their content for free and begin charging for access. In another sign that we were wrong, the New York Times has announced that it is abandoning the “Times Select” model under which it segregated its […]

Facebook, Context, and Privacy

By now it’s basic knowledge — and grist for funny mainstream humor — that young people put overly personal stuff into their social networking pages with abandon, and that schools are flailing around trying ever harder to dissuade them. But I think one Florida State law professor went too far, if this comment on a […]

Is Spam Still Part of the Info/Law Debate?

Discussing Washington v. Heckel (2004) with my Computer and Internet Law students earlier today, I wondered aloud whether anybody really cared about the spam issue any more. Here at Info/Law, we’ve got our spam tag over there on the right-hand side, and if you click it, you can see the half-dozen or so posts, some […]

The Feel of a Coke

A Coke bottle, that is. I’m teaching Trademarks and Unfair Competition this fall at Wayne State, and one of the first examples I use to illustrate how consumers recognize marks is the distinctive Coca-Cola bottle design. It was trademarked in 1959 (see Registration 0696147 at the USPTO site). Now, Coke is changing the bottle, slightly, […]

Underwater Fun with Overhead Imagery

There’s significant furor over a photograph (found by Dan Twohig of MonsterMaritime) of an Ohio-class missile sub that shows the boat’s “stealth” propeller (designed to generate minimal noise and hence evade detection). The photo appears on Microsoft’s Live Local (run using Virtual Earth) service (a Google Earth competitor), though credit goes to Pictometry, which uses […]