Internet Law

An employer’s right to monitor employees’ electronic communications in the workplace is fairly well settled, particularly when the employer provides its employees with the equipment and has express policies on computer and Internet usage. In City of Ontario v. Quon, the United States Supreme Court has finally added to the growing body of law on […]

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) has proposed a program to introduce new top level domains (“TLDs”), which it states “will bring about the biggest change in the Internet since its inception nearly 40 years ago.”  Presently, there are approximately 21 functioning TLDs and 250 country code extensions.  In June 2008, the […]

Trademark Rights: Changes in the Law Cease & Desist Receiving a cease and desist (“C&D”) letter demanding that you immediately cease using a trademark or face potential litigation may be bewildering (even frightening).  C&D letters typically request the recipient to transfer a domain name and stop infringing another’s trademark.  Because it may be the “first […]

On December 1, 2010, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) promulgated new guidelines governing endorsements and testimonials.  Although the guidelines — being just “guidelines” — do not have the force of law,  they do provide insight on how the FTC will interpret the law.  The guidelines cover endorsements by bloggers, consumers, experts, and organizations.  Let’s look […]

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In our Internet-enabled world, businesses that do not operate their own web site are the exception, not the rule.  Web site owners constantly strive to create dynamic, interesting content.  Sometimes, the courts rule they have gone too far even when the legal ice is very thin.  Slate, the online daily, recently reported the following.  A […]