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01 Jul 2020

Is Booking.com a generic term? Internet
A fundamental rule of trademarks is that they have to be distinctive, and that nobody can register a trademark on a generic term like "wine" or "plastic." In a case
decided today by the U.S. Supreme Court, the court decided 8-1 that online travel agent Booking.com could register its domain name as a trademark. In this case, I think the majority got it wrong, and Justice Breyer's lone dissent is correct.

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17 Jun 2020

Once again, why Internet voting doesn't work Internet

An acqaintances said "We trust our electronic systems to transfer millions of dollars of value; I suspect we will eventually develop schemes we will trust to record and count votes."

This is, unfortunately, one of the chronic fallacies that make voting security experts tear their remaining hair out. The security models are completely different so what banks do is completely irrelevant to voting.

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Stable link is https://jl.ly/Internet/novote.html

15 May 2020

One last try to fix the Malwarebytes decision Internet
Back in 2017, Enigma Software sued competitor Malwarebytes claiming that Malwarebytes flagged Enigma's software as "Potentially Unwanted Programs" for anticomptitive reasons. (I gather Malwarebytes had good reasons to flag it but they're not relevant here.) The district court dismissed the suit on section 230 grounds that Malwarebytes found the Enigma software "otherwise objectionable" and the law gave Malwarebytes immunity from being sued.

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Stable link is https://jl.ly/Internet/mbappeal.html

10 May 2020

In Australia, Google might be defaming everyone Internet

In a widely reported decision last week, a court in Melbourne, Australia held that Google defamed someone merely for including in its index three web pages it did not create, including an article from a major newspaper and a Wikipedia article.

The plaintiff, George Defteros, is a lawyer who defended gangsters in 2004, and was arrested for murder of one of them. The charges were dropped in 2005. In recent years he has had an uncontroversial legal career.

This case is somewhat similar to right to be forgotten cases in Europe. According to the
100 page decision, Defteros sued Google in 2016 about four links, one to a 2004 opinion piece about the arrest in the Age, a Melbourne newspaper, the second to another Age article linked from the first but not directly from Google, the third to a vulgar private site with some comments about him, and the fourth to a Wikipedia article about the Melbourne gang wars which had a footnote that linked to the first Age article.

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Stable link is https://jl.ly/Internet/ausdef.html

11 Mar 2020

Political e-mail placement or, you're not special Email
A recent piece in The Markup called
Swinging the Vote? attempts to figure out how Google decides where to deliver political e-mail. They were startled to discover that only a small fraction of it was delivered into the main inbox, and a fair amount was classed as spam. They shouldn't have been.

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Stable link is https://jl.ly/Email/notspecial.html

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