William McGeveran

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Bio: Internet and IP law professor. Expatriate New Yorker. Tom's brother.

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Letter from St. Paul: On Rick Santorum, and Minnesota’s love of zany outliers

This is the state that elected wrestler Jesse Ventura as governor on a third-party ticket. And one of our current U.S. senators played Stuart Smalley on "Saturday Night Live."

Feb. 8, 2012


Why Al Franken’s Senate subcommittee should give Netflix a hard time about ‘always-on’ Facebook integration

Netflix desires a particular form of social media integration.

Feb. 1, 2012


In defeat of SOPA and PIPA, Washington learns not to meddle with ‘West Coast Code’ (and technology advocates learn the public is with them)

The news today that next week’s planned floor vote on the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA), Senate sibling of the controversial Stop Internet Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House of Representatives, were to be postponed indefinitely, is a big rebuke to Washington. But, more importantly, it's a watershed moment in our understanding of the way the American public instinctively views the relationship between technology and government regulation.

Jan. 20, 2012


How Facebook’s corporate culture turned a benign, useful upgrade into a P.R. disaster

We've now reached the Apology Stage in the current drama, with Facebook spokespersons admitting that the company mishandled introduction of the new feature. And here, as in the past, it's especially puzzling because I think "Tag Suggestions" actually sounds quite useful and raises few legitimate privacy objections.

Jun. 10, 2011


Red sole diary: Christian Louboutin can trademark a color, but it doesn’t help him much

It's been a little more than a week since Christian Louboutin, the French shoe designer who was at the forefront of the movement to bring back the four-inch heel in the early '90s, sued Gucci-owned fashion house Yves Saint-Laurent in a Manhattan federal courthouse: Since 1992, Louboutins have been known for their lacquer-red soles, and, the designer's counsel claimed, a red sole introduced by Yves Saint-Laurent violated the trademark feature he registered in the U.S. in 2007.

Apr. 19, 2011


Does the Google Books Settlement set the stage for a congressional intervention?

We talked to New York Law School's James Grimmelmann about the future of the Google Books litigation, the role Congress might take, and the notion of the Great American Digital Library.

Apr. 4, 2011


Bursting Jeff Koons' bubble: Why he is a hypocrite, why he’ll lose his latest court fight

Just before Christmas, lawyers for the artist Jeff Koons sent a “cease and desist” letter to a San Francisco gallery called Park Life, demanding that it stop selling a set of $30 bookends in the shape of balloon dogs.

Jan. 10, 2011


Palin v. Gawker: This won’t end well for ‘fair use’

It looks like Gawker just handed Sarah Palin a gift in her battle against the liberal media establishment.

Nov. 22, 2010


Fussbook: Why is Zuckerberg’s social titan fighting a little parody site?

Facebook is in a fight that it should never have gotten into with a parody site called Lamebook.

Nov. 18, 2010