April 2005 Archives

April 12, 2005

Watch what you blog

If you’re planning to commit a crime, don’t brag about it in your blog. (State v. Velardi (N.C. App. Apr. 5, 2005), via InternetCases.com)

April 11, 2005

ICANN do whatever I want

The Ninth Circuit held last week (in McNeil v. Verisign, Inc.) that ICANN isn’t a state actor and therefore isn’t required to respect free speech or due process rights under the U.S. Constitution. (For general background, see these law review symposium issues: 6 J. Small & Emerging Bus. L. no. 1 (Spring 2002) and
15 J. Marshall J. Computer & Info. L. no. 3 (Spring 1997).)

UPDATE: Eric Goldman lists previous decisions declining to find state action by private Internet entities here.