Many business owners or companies do not recognize that if they sell their goods or services through the Internet, they qualify as an Internet business. This is in contrast to merely maintaining some sort of web presence (e.g., having a Twitter® profile or Facebook® page for a business).
Companies and brand owners have increasingly found the need to secure specific domain names relevant to their brands. Generally speaking, a domain name is an identification string that defines a realm of administrative control, authority, or autonomy within the Internet.
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a United States copyright law that implements two World Intellectual Property Organization treaties in order to criminalize illegal production and dissemination of copyrighted material. Moreover, whether or not there has been actual infringement of a copyright, the DMCA makes it illegal to circumvent an access control that has been put in place to protect a copyright.
Online privacy has become an increasingly important concern for Internet users. Because Internet users must often submit personal information in order to secure Internet service or goods, online privacy affects even the most casual of Internet users.
Social media law is a relatively new branch of intellectual property law. While companies are often expected to maintain some sort of web presence, these web presences are typically maintained by marketing personnel and not legal experts. As such, companies are often unaware of the legal dangers they may encounter as well as the potential consequences of their Internet actions.
Privacy policies are website agreements that act as a website owner’s statement or notice to website users regarding how the owner gathers, uses, manages, or discloses a user’s data or personal information.
Electronic commerce, also known as eCommerce or e-commerce, is a term for any type of business or commercial transaction that involves the transfer of information, products, or services across computer networks such as the Internet.
Social media platforms and the Internet have helped the popularity of online sweepstakes and games explode over the last few years. Yet, the marketing professionals who run these promotions are often unaware of the legal issues related to conducting sweepstakes and games online.
Domain theft, also known as domain hijacking, is the practice of changing a domain name’s registration without the permission of the domain’s original registrant.
Impersonation and username squatting refers to a more recent phenomenon that has come about as a result of increased use of the Internet. Impersonation refers to the improper use of username accounts on popular social media platforms in order to masquerade as a different person.