CLBR #187: Combating Domain Theft and An Amazing Week
Domain theft is a growing problem, as domain names can be easily transferred to overseas registrars and sold. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has received more than 140 complaints about domain-name thefts in the past 20 months. At least 15 cases seeking the return of domain names were filed in U.S. courts last year, up from five in 2013 and 10 in 2012.
Wiley Rein’s David Weslow has fought back, bringing domain thieves into Virginia’s rocket docket court. In October 2014, the Washington-based lawyer filed the first federal lawsuit of its kind on behalf of an e-commerce company that had a number of Internet domain names stolen by computer hackers based in China. The lawsuit, Acme Billing Company v. John Doe, includes claims under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act. It is also the first known court case in which the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is being used to attempt to regain possession of stolen domain names.
An Amazing Week
From the fallout and rapid erosion of support for the Confederate Battle Flag in the wake of the Charleston church massacre to widespread celebration over the Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage, we are in an age in which social change happens not over generations but in a much more condensed time period. The internet has to be part of the reason why we are seeing such rapid change
See the file below on how quick change happened on gay marriage.
3Taps – Craigslist Settle Data Scraping Lawsuit
Craigslist and big data company 3Taps have settled their longstanding battle in which Craigslist claimed that 3Taps improperly scraped its website and 3taps claimed Craigslist was violating antitrust laws. Under the settlement, 3taps will pay $1Million to be donated to the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
NAD Embraces F—ing Great
National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau upheld Dollar Shave Club’s claim of “F—ing Great” razors as mere puffery.
SpaceX Birthday Failure for Elon Musk
In our last episode we talked about Elon Musk and his fear of failure despite past success. On Sunday Musk turned 44 and saw his latest SpaceX rocket explode shortly after launch.
Marc Maron Gets 1.7 Million Hits Following Obama Interview
Podcaster Marc Maron, who hosted President Barack Obama in his garage for his WTF Podcast, scored approximately 1.7 million downloads his first week following the show. Listen here.
Shout Outs and Acknowledgements
Happy Canada Day
Congratulations to Silicon Beach Fest
Kevin Winston and team pulled off another great successful conference on the ever growing Silicon Beach.
Today in History – Robert Bork
On this day in 1987, President Reagan nominated Robert Bork to the Supreme Court to fill the vacancy created by retiring Justice Lewis Powell. Within forty-five minutes, Senator Ted Kennedy took to the floor to immediately blast Bork, who ultimately was defeated in a 58-42 vote in which six Republicans voted against him. Powell’s seat ultimately was filled by Justice Anthony Kennedy who has proven to be a key swing vote on the court as was evident in his opinion last week in favor of same sex marriage in Obergefell v Hodges.