In High Stakes Games Of Semantics, Supreme Court Places Blame On FTC

According to USA Today, big tobacco saved a ton of money yesterday. The Supreme Court on Monday sided with Philip Morris USA, declining to disturb a court ruling that threw out a $10.1 billion verdict over the company’s “light” cigarettes. Last year, the Illinois Supreme Court threw out the massive fraud judgment against Philip Morris, […]

Federal Judge Says Online Stores Must Change

Inc. has an interesting look at website usability/access issues. Some online retailers are rethinking their websites in light of a recent federal court ruling that says they must by more accessible to the blind. In a class-action lawsuit filed in Berkeley, Calif., by the National Federation of the Blind, a federal district court judge ruled […]

Share Yours Not Mine reports on things to come for the world’s favorite video-sharing site. Google’s YouTube removed 29,549 video files from its popular Web site after receiving a demand from a group of Japanese media companies over copyright infringement, an industry group said on Friday. The television, music and movie clips had been posted without the permission […]

Will British Ad People Automatically Switch Agencies Along With Accounts?

From The New York Times: When an advertiser’s relationship with its agencies goes sour, a breakup is often the best course for everyone involved. But some people in London’s marketing world are now concerned that a new regulation could threaten this easy-come, easy-go existence. Lawyers said the rule, which went into effect in April, could […]

Judge Beats The Tar Out Of Big Tobacco (For Now)

Associated Press is reporting that a federal judge has denied a request by tobacco companies to let them keep marketing “light” and “low tar” cigarettes until an appeal is settled in their case. U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler ruled in August that the cigarette makers violated racketeering laws and misled the public about the health […]

“My Life, My Card” Not Original Says Man Behind “My Card, My Work”

According to the press release from the law firm of Newberg & Winters LLP, freelance art director Thomas O’Keefe has filed a lawsuit against Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, Digitas and American Express for copyright infringement, trademark infringement and misappropriation of advertising ideas. O’Keefe has been using the trademark “My Card, My Work” as an identifier […]

Insurance For Your Downloads

As more and more of our money is spent on virtual things–like music that’s downloaded instead of bought on CD’s, insurers will begin covering them for loss or theft. As the UK Independent reports: Nationwide has been the trail-blazer, including music and other entertainment downloads as standard in its home contents cover. The building society […]

Pimp My Pulp

According to, one best be careful with the word “pimp,” or brace for litigation. One of the largest media companies in the world is flexing its muscle to stop anyone using a phrase beginning with the words: “Pimp my …”. Viacom, which owns MTV, the worldwide music channel, has sent threatening legal letters to […]

No You Di’int!

Google lawyers crack down on the lexicography website Word Spy for defining “google” as a verb. Here’s Word Spy’s definition: google (GOO.gul) v. To search for information on the Web, particularly by using the Google search engine; to search the Web for information related to a new or potential girlfriend or boyfriend. —Googling pp. Here’s […]

Rev Your Engines. Then Hire A Lawyer.

Karl Long at Futurelab’s Blog says content makers will follow the money, and that Revver is uniquely positioned to capitalize on the YouTube craze. YouTube may be an upstart but it is going to get killed if it doesn’t find a way to compensate the content creators, because the content creators will follow the money […]