Tubefilter: After Losing NCAA Scholarship Due To YouTube Channel, Donald De La Haye Gets A Win In Court. “A court case concerning an under-explored area of YouTube law is heating up. A Florida judge has denied the University of Central Florida (UCF)’s request to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Donald De La Haye, who lost his football scholarship at UCF after making ad revenue from videos he posted to his YouTube channel.”
Tubefilter: YouTube, Whose Users Promoted Fraudulent Cryptocurrency Bitconnect, Is Added As Defendant In Lawsuit. “In January 2018, the cryptocurrency Bitconnect collapsed, losing more than a billion dollars in market cap. In the wake of that crash, Bitconnect was referred to as a scam and a Ponzi scheme, and several investors who lost money on the coin promptly filed a class action lawsuit against it. Now, YouTube has found itself named in that suit. The video site has been added as one of the case’s defendants, owing to the fact that it allegedly served as “an active participant in the events that give rise to Plaintiffs’ and the Class’ claims,” according to legal documents filed in the Southern District Court of Florida.”
TorrentFreak: US Online Piracy Lawsuits Break Record Numbers. “Copyright cases in the United States are dominated by two companies which are generally unknown to the public at large. This year alone, Malibu Media and Strike 3 Holdings have filed more than 1,700 lawsuits, breaking a new file-sharing lawsuit record in the most recent quarter.”
PetaPixel: Court Rules Copying Photos Found on Internet is Fair Use. “A Virginia federal court has made a decision that photographers won’t be happy to hear: the court ruled that finding a photo on the Internet and then using it without permission on a commercial website can be considered fair use.” I am so confused.
Channel News Asia: Ugandan groups file court challenge against social media tax. “Uganda’s new tax on social media access limits basic rights and harms business, according to a petition filed by activists to the constitutional court against a levy that civic groups and opposition parties say is onerous.”
EFF: New Lawsuit Challenges FOSTA – The Federal Law Sparking Website Shutdowns. “Two human rights organizations, a digital library, an activist for sex workers, and a certified massage therapist have filed a lawsuit asking a federal court to block enforcement of FOSTA, the new federal law that silences online speech by forcing speakers to self-censor and requiring platforms to censor their users. The plaintiffs are represented by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Davis, Wright Tremaine LLP, Walters Law Group, and Daphne Keller.”
Daily Collegian: Lawsuit: Chicago police falsely ID thousands as gang members. ” Civil rights groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that the Chicago Police Department relies on an error-plagued database that names up to 195,000 people as gang members, including many who have never been in a gang…. Those listed as gang members have a harder time landing jobs, are more likely to be denied bond after arrests and are often targets of harassment by police or immigration officers, it contends.”