10 posts and columns on Pierre Omidyar
The trial begins bright and early tomorrow morning in Delaware between online auction giant eBay and Web classified kingpin craigslist. Since BoomTown is in a “Paper Chase” mood, I expect everyone to bone up on the legal issues by reading the pretrial briefs below. If not, as John Houseman, playing Professor Charles Kingfield, said so memorably: “Here is a dime. Take it, call your mother, and tell her there is serious doubt about you ever becoming a lawyer.”
Another Legal Tussle for eBay–And It's Not Skype This Time!–As Former CEO and California Guv Hopeful Whitman Kicks Off Craigslist Trial MondayAuction giant eBay is headed to court again Monday, and for once, it has nothing to do with the litigious Skype co-founders. Instead, it’s a battle in Delaware with craigslist, the San Francisco online classified powerhouse that eBay holds a minority ownership position in. That stake is actually precisely what’s at stake. Cue the march of the eBay lawyers!
Today, a panoply of prominent tech and Internet leaders is taking a very public stand against a controversial initiative before California voters, which would eliminate the current legal right of same-sex couples to marry. Silicon Valley has had a long history of supporting gay rights. And recently, Google Co-Founder Sergey Brin has made a strong statement opposing Proposition 8, while Apple gave $100,000 to the help defeat it.