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Internet

At the forefront of technology and the modern world is the power of the internet, tying even the most far-flung cities together into a true global village. But like in any other community, there are laws by which its citizens must abide, which touch on every facet of the medium. Our experience in internet matters and in various fields of related law provides the necessary background with which to analyze the newer focus of issues such as:

Contracts

The internet has become transformed from a completely free and noncommercial entity to one that is at the forefront of trade and commerce, both nationally and globally. The ever-increasing volume of e-commerce and of businesses that have a dot com attached to their name are all held together by business agreements or contracts, including:

  • Website Hosting and Linking Agreements
  • Content Licensing Agreements
  • Technology Ownership Agreements
  • Distributed and Reselling Agreements
  • Consulting Agreements
  • Products and Services Agreements
  • Reorganization, Merger and Acquisition Agreements
  • Sponsorship, Marketing and Promotion Agreements

Defamation/Invasion of Privacy

Chat rooms, blogs, message boards, and personal websites are some of the many easily accessible forums available to anyone online. This ability for anyone to post their own message on a billboard to the world, coupled with the net's seeming anonymity, has triggered litigation from victims of such attacks that include:

  • Defamation
  • Libel
  • Slander
  • Invasion of Privacy
  • Trade Libel (Business Defamation)

Domain Names, Content, and Related Issues

Domain names have been a controversial and much-discussed topic ever since DNS was instituted. Due to the limited nature of the Domain Name System, and the fact that only three top level domain names are generally used (.com, .net & .org), there are often controversies over these much sought after commodities, with concomitant legal issues. Issues of this nature include:

  • Domain Name Registration
  • Domain Name Dispute Resolution (Including Trademark issues)
  • DNS Registrar Issues
  • Policing and Regulation of Domain Names
  • Meta Tags
  • Hyperlinking
  • Framing/Inlining
  • Content Duplication

Employment Issues

Another area of law that has been affected by the advent of the World Wide Web is the rights and liabilities of employers and employees with regards to e-mail and internet use. Some of the relevant issues are:

  • Internet, Intranet and Email Policies
  • Email and Remote Monitoring
  • Employer Liability for Employee Email and Internet Use

 
Privacy Rights

The difficulty of privacy on the internet, which is the most public of thoroughfares by its very nature, has been the center of controversy since day one. Although the net appears to be anonymous to the ordinary observer, the reality is that the simple act of logging on to another's website can transmit vital information about you, which can then potentially be used, manipulated or sold at will. Some issues that touch on this area include:

  • Cookies
  • Email
  • Information Security
  • Spam
  • Privacy Policies
  • Hiring of Privacy Personnel (e.g., Chief Privacy Officer)

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