Qihoo Wins Unfair Competition Suit Against Yahoo China

Qihoo lawsuit win closes chapter in dispute with China Yahoo from Interfax reports Qihoo has won an unfair competition lawsuit against Yahoo China. Yahoo China has to pay Qihoo $9,210 and post an apology on their home page. This news comes after Yahoo China Wins Suit Against Hongyi's Qihoo For Unfair Competition over Qihoo's 360safe software, claimed to have been a form of malware. There is a lot of history between the two companies and management. The article has a nice summary of that history: The ruling should signal an end to the long-running battle of attrition between Qihoo and Chi [...]

Yahoo & Others Form Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse

Brand Owners on Web Offensive from Red Herring reports that Yahoo, Dell, Coca Cola, Hilton and others have joined together to fight cybersquatting. The companies formed a collation against cybersquatters named Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse. Cybersquatters purchase domain names that are similar to trademark names, such as yahooemail.com and hilt0n.com. Some use that traffic to earn an affiliate commission on sales from the trademark owners, but others may use it for criminal activities, such as phishing for passwords, bank account details and other personal information. CADNA Preside [...]

Yahoo Settlement Payouts In OMS Case Begin

Yahoo is distributing payments in the Online Merchant Systems class action settlement over alleged flaws in its bidding system. The case was settled I believe in 2006 (the settlement agreement, PDF format, is undated). A final judgment was entered in April of this year, with notification to happen by June 9, according to the class action's web site: On April 25, 2007, the Court entered the Final Judgment and Order of Dismissal with Prejudice in the Online Merchant Systems v. Yahoo! action. Notification related to processed claims will be distributed via e-mail on or before June 9, 2007, [...]

Stockholders Vote Down Yahoo’s CEO Compensation Cut & China Censorship Proposal

Yahoo shareholders defeat exec pay/perform link from Reuters reports Yahoo's shareholders have defeated proposals to cut Yahoo CEO Terry Semel's salary and to practice anti-censorship policies in China and establish a human rights committee. It was expected that there would be major pressure for Yahoo to tie Semel's compensation package directly to company performance. Many people feel that Semel is overpaid when looking at the company's performance in the 2006 fiscal year. With a 34 percent in favor and 62 percent against, Semel's pay remains the same. The anti-censorship and human right [...]

Shi Tao, Jailed Chinese Reporter, Joins U.S. Lawsuit Against Yahoo

Jailed Chinese reporter sues Yahoo over his imprisonment from the International Herald Tribune reports Shi Tao, the Chinese reporter who was sentenced to jail allegedly because Yahoo Hong Kong and Yahoo China sent an email to the Chinese government that led to his arrest, has joined a US lawsuit against Yahoo. Yahoo admitted to handing over the email to the Chinese government. Yahoo claimed they had to or otherwise face civil and criminal sanctions in China for not complying. The lawsuit is against Yahoo Inc., and claims that they helped the Chinese government convict dissidents, including [...]

Class Action Suit Filed Against Yahoo Over “Defective” Search Ad Platform

Lerach Coughlin, a law firm with a reputation for going after companies who have allegedly engaged in financial shenanigans, has filed a class action lawsuit against Yahoo, charging "Yahoo and certain of its officers and directors with violations of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934." Essentially, the suit claims that Yahoo's search advertising technology was "operationally defective" and that Yahoo officials misled both advertisers and investors about the company's advertising capabilities, especially when compared with competitors. More on the lawsuit in this Business [...]

Yahoo China Ordered To Remove Links To Unlicensed Music

China court orders Yahoo China to curb music links from Reuters reports Beijing's No. 2 Intermediate Court has ordered Yahoo China to remove "links to free Web sites offering music-downloads." In addition, Yahoo China has to pay 200,000 yuan ($27,200 US) "facilitating distribution" of this music. Yahoo China said they will be appealing this decision. [...]

SES NY: Click Fraud Remains A Contentious Issue

Yesterday, Click Forenics released its quarterly Click Fraud Index showing a purported increase in click fraud from 14.2 percent in Q4 '06 to 14.8 percent in Q1. By contrast, Google argues that "click fraud" constitutes less than 0.02 percent of all clicks. Chris Sherman earlier summarized the Click Forensics findings. Click Forensics' CEO Tom Cuthbert was on the "Auditing Paid Listings & Click Fraud Issues" panel at SES last week, which was one of the most interesting and contentious panels I attended at the conference. Also on the panel were Click Tracks CEO John Marshall, Google's Shuman G [...]

Yahoo Sued For Allegedly Helping Jail Wang Xiaoning

Chinese couple sues Yahoo for man's imprisonment from Reuters reports that Wang Xiaoning and his wife Yu Ling have sued Yahoo in the U.S. District Court for Northern California for allegedly helping the Chinese government prosecute Wang Xiaoning. The filing said that Xiaoning was in custody, he was "subjected to torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, including arbitrary, prolonged and indefinite detention, for expressing their free speech rights and for using the Internet to communicate about democracy and human rights matters." The World Organization for Human Rights USA, who i [...]

Yahoo China Sued For Linking To Unlicensed Music

Yahoo! China sued for alleged copyright breach at Reuters reports that Yahoo China has been sued by Warner Music Group Corp. and other music giants for linking to "unlicensed music." The case was filed in early January by "11 companies and seeks damages of 5.5 million yuan ($710,686)." In November of last year, music publishers lost a similar case against Chinese search engine Baidu for publishing links to "sites offering illegal music downloads," with a Beijing court ruling that the service did not constitute an infringement as the music was downloaded from webservers of third parties. Port [...]

Search Engines Do Not Have To Display All Ads Says Court

Eric Goldberg summarizes a court decision in Langdon v. Google (PDF) showing a court deciding how search engines do not have to display all ads. Langdon took Google to court to force Google to display ads that "attacked people." Reportedly, Langdon is a complainer or griper and he wanted to use search ads to air his complaints. The court ruled in favor of Google, "calling some of his claims "specious" and "frivolous." Eric Goldman said this court ruling will "help search engines in future litigation," specifically with these key points: Search engines have a First Amendment right to reje [...]

Google, Microsoft, & Yahoo Ask For Help With International Censorship

News.com reports that Google, Microsoft and Yahoo have asked the US government for help when it comes to international censorship policies and law. The article has some more insight into the challenges the search companies face with countries like China. Right now, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo have to make "moral judgments" about international authorities' requests for information when they do not have to do the same for US requests. "That's why we need the government's help" explained Michael Samway, Yahoo's deputy general counsel. [...]

Google, Microsoft & Yahoo To Develop NGO Conduct Code

CIO reports that Microsoft, Google, along with Yahoo will be developing a code of conduct with the coalition of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to "promote freedom of expression and privacy rights." This move is to help the companies' ventures into China and help paint a better picture for the search giants in the public view. [...]

Yahoo Tells Belgian Newspapers They Did Nothing Wrong

Yahoo Denies Violating Belgian Copyright Law at the Wall Street Journal gives us insight into how Yahoo will be handling the legal threat by Belgian newspapers to sue Yahoo over violating copyright laws. Yahoo has claimed that they did not violate any copyright laws for "publishing snippets and links" to their newspapers. Yahoo released a statement saying, "We can confirm that Copiepresse has contacted us regarding the display of archived results on our Web search service and we will respond in an appropriate manner." Now, Yahoo can either remove the content without going to court or they c [...]

First Google, Then Microsoft, Now Belgian Newspapers Take On Yahoo

TheAge reports that Copiepresse, Belgium's French-speaking newspapers, are now threatening to sue Yahoo for violating copyright laws. The group does not want Yahoo giving web users archived access to newspaper articles that the newspapers would otherwise charge for. It will be interesting to watch how Yahoo handles this. Danny covered the Belgium vs. Google actions heavily over at Search Engine Watch. Background from him over there with: Google Settles With Some Belgian Publishers Over Belgium News Inclusion Q&A On Google's Belgium News Agreements Google's Belgium Fight: Show Me The Money [...]

Yahoo China Wins Suit Against Hongyi’s Qihoo For Unfair Competition

Reuters reports Yahoo China has won a lawsuit brought against Qihoo search engine for unfair competition. The lawsuit first came to light back in September. The court found that "Qihoo's 360safe software prompted users to de-install the Yahoo Toolbar by making users believe the toolbar was malware -- software that users download unknowingly and is difficult to remove." [...]

Trademark Infringement Case Against Yahoo In Google AdWords Dismissed

Steve Bryant reports that the case against Yahoo, brought by JP Enterprises for trademark infringement on the terms lovecity and lovecity.com have been dismissed with prejudice. Back in mid-June, the case was first filed against Yahoo and other companies for bidding on the brand name. Yahoo's nor JP Enterprises' attorneys responded to any comments about the case and why it was dismissed. It appears that there was some type of settlement, since the case can later be filed again. [...]

New England Patriots, Tom Brady, Sues Yahoo For Using His Image In Ad

The Smoking Gun broke a story that New England Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady, has sued Yahoo for using his "likeness, image and identity in its advertisements and promotions." You can see the ad from a Sports Illustrated September 2006 issue over here, promoting Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football. Postscript: Via News.com Yahoo mum on football star's suit: Yahoo has declined to comment on the lawsuit filed against it by a football star, saying it doesn't comment on pending litigation, according to Bloomberg News [...]

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