Friday, March 19, 2010

Electronic Billing = Growth Industry

Business and E-commerce lawyers may want to pay attention to E-billing and legal issues related to third party E-billing providers. This is a growth industry, one of the few these days - read here. However, lawyers for e-billers and plaintiff's class action lawyers will want to pay close attention to the implementation of e-billing services, particularly privacy and data breach issues. If your company is looking to get off paper and go green with electronic bills, contact an experienced internet law firm to review your procedures.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Viacom Abuses Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Stunning revelations are leaking from the epic Viacom v. Youtube copyright infringement suit that has been going on for years now. Apparently, Viacom submitted much of the content that serves as the basis for its lawsuit. Any civil litigation and business attorney knows that this could result in huge sanctions imposed against Viacom and its attorneys. Aside from the possibility of sanctions against litigants, this is just another example of widespread abuse of the digital millennium copyright act by large, corporate content owners.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Google Scores Section 230 Victory

E-commerce attorneys need to know section 230 of the Communications and Decency Act inside and out. I found this interesting analysis of a recent Google 230 victory with regard to its Adwords program. Section 230 has been interpreted very broadly by many courts, granting websites and e-commerce companies immunity from vicarious liability for bad acts by their users - or even negligence claims in some circumstances.