Internet Business

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 your business). As such, business owners may be unaware that their business activities may become subject to existing federal law (e.g., advertising or intellectual property law) due to their use of third-party trademarks or customer testimonials on their website. Moreover, because different states and jurisdictions have different rules and regulations, businesses overlook the legal ramifications of having an online store. Likewise, linking to third-party websites or business partners can further complicate legal issues for businesses due to their own business practices or terms of use/service.

eCommerce Compliance

One of the first steps to ensuring compliance is to conduct a website audit. We can assist in analyzing current web presence and procedures in order to ensure compliance with existing rules and regulations. We also counsel online business owners in cost-efficient strategies to help protect their brands while simultaneously growing their online presence.

Businesses should consider having basic protection for their trademarks, patents, or even the website itself. We generally advise clients on which intellectual property (IP) protection makes sense to pursue and what regulations they need to comply with based on their business objectives and goals. Because Internet rules and regulations are constantly changing, it can be important to stay up-to-date on which laws affect businesses, and we also help businesses comply if there is a change in the law.

Internet Business Law

We often encourage our clients to maintain a web presence in some form or another, and we work with our clients to develop tailored web procedures or policies to fit their needs. Commercial transactions via the Internet may subject a business to a plethora of legal issues, which can be addressed through written agreements that specifically address commercial transactions, payment and delivery terms, or warranties. Similarly, by drafting website policies such as privacy policies, terms of use, legal disclaimers, DMCA copyright compliance processes, and related Internet agreements, further risk can be reduced.

As an internet and eCommerce law firm, our internet and eCommerce attorneys can assist with advising on internet business and eCommerce legal issues. See our Internet & eCommerce service line page for additional information about internet business and eCommerce legal services.