Wall St. Journal: “The Federal Communications Commission’s new ‘net neutrality’ rules, passed on a partisan 3-2 vote . . . represent a huge win for a slick lobbying campaign run by liberal activist groups and foundations. The losers are likely to be consumers who will see innovation and investment chilled by regulations that treat the Internet like a public utility. There’s little evidence the public is demanding these rules . . . . Over 300 House and Senate members have signed a letter opposing FCC Internet regulation, and there will undoubtedly be even less support in the next Congress.”
Congress Unwilling to Pass Law on Net Neutrality so Unelected FCC Chairman to Propose Plan & Do an End Around
Washington Post: “The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission plans to announce Wednesday a controversial proposal that would prohibit Internet providers from favoring or discriminating against any traffic that goes over their networks.”
See another story on this topic at the Wall St. Journal called “FCC Sets Net-Neutrality Vote.”
For more on unelected bureaucrats making laws without the consent of the governed, read “Coming: Gov’t By Regulation Instead Of Law.”
The Hill: “Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has seized dozens of domain names over the past few days . . . . ICE appears to be targeting sites that help Internet users download copyrighted music, as well as sites that sell bootleg goods, such as fake designer handbags.”
See “U.S. Government Seizes BitTorrent Search Engine Domain and More” for a list of the domains that were ceased by ICE.
Classmates.com is accused of misleading consumers and has agreed to pay $9.5 million to settle a suit but did not admit any wrongdoing.
Internet Cases: “Plaintiff eventually got kicked off of Facebook because she allegedly harassed other users, doing things like sending friend requests to people she did not know. When Facebook refused to reactivate plaintiff’s account (even after she drove from her home in Maryland to Facebook’s California offices twice), she sued. Facebook moved to dismiss the lawsuit. The court granted the motion.”
Wall St. Journal: “Spate of Lawsuits Shows User Discomfort With Latest Innovations in Online-Tracking Technology. Tools that track users’ whereabouts on the Web are facing increased regulatory and public scrutiny and prompting a flurry of legal challenges.”
New York Times reports on a lawsuit filed by parents of a student of the prestigious Horace Mann School in New York because the school suspended the student for three days when it learned that the boy had pictures on his laptop computer of two topless female students at the school. The pictures of the topless Horace Mann girls were found by other students who searched the boy’s computer without his knowledge or consent. Despite the girls giving their pictures to the suspended student voluntarily, the boy was punished and given a black mark on his school record that will affect his applications for colleges.
Los Angeles Times: “A false sense of Internet security can mean legal quagmires for critics who are careless about facts. . . . Although bloggers may have a free-speech right to say what they want online, courts have found that they are not protected from being sued for their comments, even if they are posted anonymously. Some postings have even led to criminal charges.”
Findlaw: “In this column, I’ll focus not on the CDA holding dismissing Facebook as a defendant, but instead on the subsequent decision dismissing the defamation claim against the teenagers who posted to the Facebook group, and thus ending the case. I’ll argue that the judge did the right thing in dismissing the defamation claim, but I’ll also contend that future Facebook defamation cases are likely to be much more difficult to resolve than this one proved to be.”
See also part two of this column.