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Criminal Convictions Upheld in Massachusetts Internet Harassment Case

On Dec. 23, 2014, the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) of Massachusetts affirmed a lower court’s ruling against a pair of defendants that harassed their neighbors through, among other means, internet postings.  The Massachusetts couple had been convicted under the state’s criminal harassment statute, G.L. c. 265 § 43A (a). “Where the...

How to Remove URLs from Google after Obtaining a Court Order

In several previous blog posts, we have mentioned obtaining court orders with the aim of getting links to harmful content de-indexed from search engines.  What we have not yet written about is how to use a court order to get links removed from Google. In short, this entails using Google’s Legal...

How to Remove Private or Embarrassing Photos from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

People today love sharing photographs of themselves and their whereabouts. And today’s technology makes it so easy.  While there are numerous websites and apps that make this possible, among the most popular are Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  This trio ranks second, eighth, and twenty-fourth, respectively on Alexa.com’s rankings of top...

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Threatening Facebook ‘Rap Lyrics’ Case

The United States Supreme Court recently heard arguments in a case concerning threatening “rap lyrics” posted to Facebook.  The Supreme Court’s ruling on what constitutes a criminal threat on social media – which is not expected until sometime in 2015 – has potential consequences for the way people express themselves...