On Shyftr and copyright infringement

Over the past few days a discussion has erupted about the recently-noticed RSS feed aggregator slash social networking site called Shyftr. The gist of the discussion — which can properly be characterized as a controversy — is about how Shyftr republished entire posts from others’ RSS feeds without obtaining prior consent. Rather than try to … [Read more…]

Seventh Circuit sides with Craigslist in Section 230 case

The legal blogosphere is abuzz with last Friday’s ruling in the case of Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. v. Craigslist, Inc., — F.3d —-, 2008 WL 681168 (7th Cir. March 14, 2008). In a highly-anticipated opinion, Judge Easterbrook upheld the district court’s opinion, holding that under 47 U.S.C. 230, Craigslist could … [Read more…]

Event: David Donoghue at the Chicago Bar Association

A reminder to my Chicago-area readers — please consider attending tomorrow’s (2/19) meeting of the Chicago Bar Association’s Cyberlaw and Data Privacy Committee meeting. 12:15 p.m. at 321 South Plymouth Court in Chicago [map]. Dave Donoghue will be speaking about recent cyberlaw developments in the Northern District of Illinois. Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back. … [Read more…]

Franklin Covey sues Lycos for posting of 7 Habits book

FranklinCovey v. Lycos, No. 07-cv-00974 (D. Utah, filed December 17, 2007). [Download the Complaint] FranklinCovey owns the copyright in the bestselling book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. It has sued Lycos, owner of AngelFire, for copyright infringement, claiming direct and/or secondary liability for the posting of an entire copy of the work online. … [Read more…]