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What Does Your Browser History Say About Your Parenting?

Posted in Internet & Media Law, Litigation & Appeals
Most people think about browser history in the context of hiding from your spouse/significant other the fact that you sometimes look at online porn (not that I would know from personal experience), or, perhaps, not letting your kid know that you’ve been reading online reviews about the new bicycle or gadget he’s been hounding you… Continue Reading

“New” Mental Disorders Linked to Internet Use

Posted in Internet & Media Law
  It’s been 20 years since the American Psychiatric Association published a new edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual on Mental Disorders (DSM). Since 1952, psychologists and psychiatrists have been relying on the DSM to consistently and systematically diagnose and classify mental illness and disease. During the six decades since the DSM was first published,… Continue Reading

Sending an Email Can Create a Binding Contract

Posted in Email
It should come as no surprise that you can become bound by the terms of an agreement you entered into electronically—i.e. without physically signing any contract or document. But a recent New York state court decision has opened the door to email contracts being enforced even when the contract is within the statute of frauds.… Continue Reading

NJ Court Rules In Favor of Copyright Trolls

Posted in Computer Crimes, Copyright, New Jersey, Privacy Law
For a while, it's seemed like the tides had turned on copyright trolls, as federal court judges appear to be more and more skeptical of the (lack of) merits to the concept and strategy behind mass copyright litigation. But a recent decision by a New Jersey federal court magistrate judge seems to send the opposite message--for copyright trolls not to give up, that the courthouse doors are still very much open. At least that's the message I inferred from the headline in the New Jersey Law Journal "Multiple John Doe Defendants Permitted in BitTorrent Case" (subscription required).… Continue Reading

Server Failure vs. Operator Error

Posted in Internet & Media Law, Privacy Law, Technology Law
Several months ago, during the SOPA controversy, I discovered that all of my domains were registered through, which was purportedly a strong proponent of the controversial legislative proposal. Wanting to dissociate myself and my firm from that brand of politics, I opted to have all my domains transferred over to a company that I didn't have to be ashamed of...… Continue Reading

Why Dharun Ravi Will Not Go Back To Jail: Steven Altman Might Be Even More Brilliant Than His Reputation

Posted in Computer Crimes, New Jersey, Privacy Law
Earlier this week, Dharun Ravi walked out of the Middlesex County jail a free man…at least for now, if you believe the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, which is challenging the trial court’s 30-day sentence in the Appellate Division of the NJ Superior Court.  I’ve been writing about this seemingly epic story since Ravi was indicted not because… Continue Reading

The Irony of Technology: Takeaways From #ABATECHSHOW 2012

Posted in Internet & Media Law, New Jersey, Technology Law
I’m writing this from my Chicago hotel room after just getting back from the final session at ABA TechShow® 2012, where I spent the past three days learning about, seeing, and trying the latest and greatest technology tools for practicing law. Ironically, despite the myriad gadgets and tech toys from literally all over the world, the best… Continue Reading

The Ravi Verdict: Justice Served or Society’s Price of Political Correctness

Posted in Computer Crimes, Internet & Media Law, New Jersey, Privacy Law
I don’t know what Dan Abrams, Nancy Grace, and Mark Geragos were saying about the Dharun Ravi trial, and I didn’t need to know, because I was there. Granted I didn’t see the whole trial from opening statements to closing arguments, but I did see direct and cross-examination of most of the key witnesses, I… Continue Reading

Michigan Prosecutors File Felony Charges Against Husband for Email Snooping

Posted in Computer Crimes, Privacy Law
Leon Walker is facing felony charges of fraudulent access to a computer, for logging into his ex-wife’s Gmail account, during the pendency of the couple’s divorce proceedings. If convicted, Walker faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. MCL 752.795. Walker’s attorney is accusing the Oakland County… Continue Reading

GoDaddy Domain Thief to Spend 5 Years in Prison

Posted in Computer Crimes, Cybersquatting, Entertainment Law, Intellectual Property, Internet & Media Law, New Jersey, Sports
This is not cybersquatting. In fact, it’s being called the first legal case of its kind—theft of an Internet domain name. A New Jersey man pleaded guilty to felony theft by deception in connection with his admission that he stole a company’s Internet domain name, and then sold it on eBay for $111,211. The domain… Continue Reading