Nowadays, e-mail and intranet are the most common methods of internal group communication for most companies. Specifically, many companies use mass e-mails and/or posting to their intranet to inform employees of a host of things, including changes to their employee benefit plans ...
The U.S. government decided recently to negotiate with, rather than litigate against, the Caribbean islands of Antigua and Barbuda (both referred to as Antigua) over the issue of online gaming. This decision came about after the U.S. lost an arbitration proceeding under the trade dispute resolution process of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in March...
And obtaining a monetary award. Whistleblowers, Insiders Most notably, the report states that persons most likely to identify a spammer and provide evidence would be "whistleblowers" or "insiders," not so-called "cybersleuths" (persons with above-average IT skills). The report goes on to conclude that it is unclear as to whether a bounty system would be effective, but it does state that any reward would need to be substantial (in the $100,000 to $250,000 range). This report comes on the heels of another recent announcement that trade agencies in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia have entered into a memorandum of understanding to provide for mutual enforcement assistance in fighting spam. Agencies will share evidence and coordinate investigations in order to work together to prosecute spammers. Whether through new laws, offering substantial rewards or through cross-jurisdictional cooperation, we might be finally getting somewhere in the fight against spam -- or are we? Javad Heydary, an E-Commerce Times columnist, is a Toronto lawyer licensed to practice in both Ontario and New York and is the managing editor of Lawsof.com. ...
Does the operation of a Web site mean that your company can be dragged into court in any jurisdiction? This is a question that has been the subject of numerous lawsuits in both the U.S. and other countries. Here are summaries of a few recent U.S. decisions that provide some guidance on this issue ...
One of the areas that is increasingly becoming of concern to online retailers is a state's power to regulate e-commerce through enforcing that particular state's regulation of certain offline business activities. A recent case in point is Powers v. Harris, where the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit upheld the constitutionality of an Oklahoma statute regulating casket sales...
Is there copyright protection in compiled data published online? As with most things of a legal nature related to the Internet, it all depends on the factual context ...
The California Assembly has approved a bill that would require employers to warn their employees if they plan to monitor workplace e-mail and Internet activities ...
In a recent decision, a World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) domain name arbitration panel dismissed a complaint filed by the Mexican Tourist Board (MTB) against Latin America Telecom (LAT) concerning the domain name "mexico.com." The panel went so far as to find that the complaint was brought in "bad faith" and made a finding of attempted "Reverse Domain Name Hijacking" against the MTB...
Recently, there have been a number of interesting cases dealing with the liability of an ISP for the misdeeds of a user ...
U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg, chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, recently introduced the Safe Importing of Medical Products and Rx Therapies Act, a bill that will allow for importation of prescription drugs from Canada and a number of Western European countries. The Act is designed to combat the high cost of prescription drugs. If signed into law, it would allow individuals, pharmacies and wholesalers to safely import cheaper Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved prescription drugs from these countries...