Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

FTC Reports Privacy Practices Still a Problem With Apps Marketed To Children

Here's a link to the FTC report discusses problems with apps marketed to children that are not completely transparent with regard to privacy practices. More discussion here in an article from PC World.

December 22, 2012 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Italian Appellate Court Overturns Convictions Of Google Execs

An Italian appeals court has overturned the 2010 criminal convictions of three Google executives,  Peter Fleischer, David Drummond, and George Reyes, for failing to remove promptly an online video in which a boy was shown being bullied. The video had been loaded on a Google-owned website. Google had attempted to defend on the grounds that it had removed the video as soon as it learned of its content. More here from the New York Times.

December 22, 2012 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Monday, December 17, 2012

University of Delaware Tells Students To Stop Selling T-Shirts With Vulgar Language

From the Chronicle of Higher Education: The University of Delaware has served a cease-and-desist letter on two of its students who want to sell t-shirts emblazoned with colorful language. It may not the colorful language that precipitated the letter. Well, maybe that's part of the problem. It also seems to be the students' use of the university's trademark "U" and "D" incorporated into the phrase.  See for yourself in the photo at the Chronicle's article here; more coverage from Delaware Online here.

December 17, 2012 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Media Competition and News Aggregation

Joan Calzada and Guillem Ordóñez, University of Barcelona, have published Competition in the News Industry: Fighting Aggregators with Versions and Links as NET Institute Working Paper No. 12-22. Here is the abstract.


We analyze the linking and versioning strategies of a media …firm when facing competition from blogs, search engines and news aggregators. First, we show that when the publisher competes against a blog it is less likely to release a fighting version if this generates signi…ficant spillovers for its rival. Second, we analyze situations where a publisher will accept to offer part of its contents to a news aggregator in exchange for financial compensation. We explain that an agreement is possible when the aggregator is not overly dependent on the …firms contents. Finally, we show that when the …firm competes against a search engine, its linking and versioning strategies depend on the amount of trace it receives from its competitor. The …firm can use the search engine as its own low quality version and as a mechanism to expand its market since it gives access to many contents.
Download the paper from SSRN at the link.


December 17, 2012 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

The Money In Meows

Apparently the dollars are in repping felines these days. Check out this piece from Media Decoder on the trials of Ben Waterman, who is looking for cat talent to appear in the new feature "Heathcliff." It's tough to reach agents for the four-footed ones, never mind locking up the stars themselves. So many contracts, so few lives. 

December 17, 2012 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Former Police Officer Sentenced To Prison In Politkovskaya Murder

A former police officer has been found guilty of complicity in the murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, who was murdered in Moscow in 2006. A court found Dmitry Pavlyuchenkov guilty of using his position as a lieutenant colonel in the Moscow police department to use police officers to follow Ms. Politkovskaya. He then gave that information to hit men who killed her. He was sentenced to eleven years in prison. Ms. Politkovskaya's family, while pleased that someone has finally been held accountable for her death, thinks the sentence is too light, and plans to appeal. Five other defendants face charges in her murder. Two of them were already tried several years ago in the case, and now face re-trial. More here from the L. A. Times.

December 16, 2012 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)