Media Bloggers Legal Defense Project

Originally posted 2005-01-10 23:05:00. Republished by Blog Post PromoterThe Media Bloggers Association is setting up a stable of attorneys “to provide MBA members with first-line counsel on matters relating to the use of intellectual property, defamation and other issues arising from their weblogging.” Looks like they got a real crackerjack guy to take the laboring oar.

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Evel Knievel’s tarnished reputation

Yahoo! News reports that the Ninth Circuit (them again!) has ruled that an online photo caption referring to him in the presence of two women as a “pimp” means “pimp in a good way.” They must mean in the rapper vocabulary sense of “ladies’ man,” which assuredly the Bangled One is. But does Evel Knievel have any truck with the world of P. Diddy and 50 Cent? Shouldn’t that matter? It seems that the fate of per se defamation is to go the way of obscenity in the courts: There just will not be any such thing. Context and “community... Read more

Google me this

If trademark / Internet cases are not at the top of things to stay on top of in late December, you may have missed this potentially important decision giving Google an out of the box win in the battle (not, as suggested by the CNET story’s headline, the war) between its own quaint self and insurance mass-marketer GEICO. This is a case being watched by all of us practicing in this area. Indeed we have a case in our office in which we represent a California Internet-based retailer accused (quite falsely, as a fact matter) of little more than using... Read more

Blogging for Industry.

If one more person tells me that I am going to have to blog, why, that will make a number of people. So what I’m doing now is blogging. There is no requirement, however, to watch a person make a fool of himself. I’m just saying. Read more

What’s new at the firm: Judgment in trade secret / Taiwan case

One of the purposes of the blog will be to update Internet users who mysteriously find their way here on what sorts of things are new at the Coleman Law Firm. Unlike lawyer bloggers such as the guys at Powerline and Beldar who use their powerfully honed intellects and razor-sharp legal sensibilities merely to weigh in on ponderous world events, I am unapologetically and explicitly pitching for your business here. Then I will weigh in on ponderous world events, virtually insuring that I don’t get your business. Anyway, after our papers wended (did wend?) their way, seemingly forever, through the... Read more

Strict construction

No, not more about that constitutional dustup at the Volokh Conspiracy. The delivery guys were supposed to be here yesterday with a blog roll and a direct link on the top to the firm website. But you know how it is — they just called from Route 3 for directions. Sheesh. UPDATE: The Dean intimidated me into sticking the darned HTML code in there myself. It’s “good enough for government work.” Thanks to him (again) and Bob Cox for our first-ever links. But enough log-rolling. Now it’s time for objections to document demands. Yes! Read more