Archive for the ‘Internet Law’ Category

Your New TLD: Build It or Buy It? – YouTube Video

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Is your company applying for a new top-level domain or to keep it short, a TLD?  If so, who’s in charge of your new TLD project?  Well, to help us better understand who is in charge at companies contemplating new dot-brands domains, we asked Business Intelligence Agency, VansonBourne, to conduct a survey about dot-brand TLDs.  They interviewed 200 executives responsible for consumer-facing brands in the US and the UK, and what did we learn?  Well, more than half of all executives, 52 percent, said that their IT department are driving the decision to apply for new dot-brand TLD.  We also learned that six in ten executives believe that they have the necessary in-house technical expertise and infrastructure to run their TLD and further believe that they don’t need support from consultants or other outsource providers.   Let me be frank, a dot-brand strategy that relies only on in-house resources is a strategy that’s probably going to fail.    Continue reading Your New TLD: Build It or Buy It? – YouTube Video »

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ICANN New gTLDs (new generic Top Level Domains) YouTube Video

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

YouTube Video:

 

Get Ready for the Next Big .Thing (An Overview of New gTLDs)

The Internet is about to experience a dramatic and important change that will affect every user.  Today, web addresses and with familiar extensions such as dot-com and dot-org, soon there could be hundreds more of these sort of extensions.  They are called generic top-level domains or gTLDs.  What’s the new gTLD mean for you?  This video will help you find out.

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You want me to read what … The Privacy Policy?

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Have you ever taken a moment to read the Privacy Policy of any online website that you have visited or phone app that you have downloaded?  If not, then you should be aware of the personal information you could be allowing these companies to have access to.  It has been reported that many companies post Privacy Policies just as a way to give notice of data collection methods than actually for the keeping of your information private and secure.  data

But what can you look for if you take the time to actually read a ‘Privacy Policy’, that is if it isn’t so lengthy that you fall asleep before even getting half way through it?!   If you take the time to actually read a Privacy Policy, this is what you may want to look for:

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Another Possible Class-Action Lawsuit Against Google?

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Google seems to be in the media quite a bit.  Primarily for all the good things that they have done as an employer and for the advancements with regards to the internet.  However, there has been some less flattering news for Google with all the class-action lawsuits against them.  The current issue that seems to be heading for a possible class-action lawsuit is in regards to a former employee claiming that Google committed fraud towards their AdSense publisher clients.  The former employee unanimously stated that he and other employees, over several years, were told to refuse payments to those publishers that had large payments owed to them under the AdSense publishers program.  The former employee goes on to state that the reason for them to refuse payment to AdSense publishers was because  “AdSense itself hands out too many checks each month to publishers, and that the checks were too large…”.  Lawsuit

Other lawsuit filed against Google over the past several years.  Some of these include a nationwide antitrust class-action lawsuit alleging that Google monopolized the American market of internet and mobile search, a workers class action lawsuit for suppression of pay of employees, and a class-action lawsuit regarding unauthorized in-app purchases by minors.

Class-action and other complex lawsuits are a serious matter.  Having trusted and experienced attorneys to represent you, no matter which side you are on in a class-action lawsuit, is crucially important.  If you have questions or need more information regarding a class-action lawsuit or complex litigation issue, contract Traverse Legal for more information.

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The First New gTLDs Have Been Delegated In ICANN’S Domain Name Expansion

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

gtldICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) has released that the first new gTLDs (generic top-level domains) have been given out. Before there were 22 gTLDs in use, such as .com, .org, and .net, but with the domain name expansion this should grow to be more than 1,400 when the program is complete. The goal of this new project is to encourage creativity with those creating the domain names, as well as providing new and innovative ways of reaching their audiences. The president of ICANN’s generic domains division said of the project, “It’s happening – the biggest change to the Internet since its inception. The weeks and months ahead, we will see new domain names coming online from all corners of the world, bringing people, communities and businesses together in ways we never imagined. It’s this type of innovation that will continue to drive our global society”.

These new gTLDs will be open to many languages, which will hopefully make the internet more globally inclusive for different regions and languages.

In order to protect trademark holder’s rights and that the introduction is stable, there will be a small wait period before these gTLDs are accessible to the public.

 

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Getting your iOS App in the Apple App Store

Monday, July 8th, 2013

How to Get Your iOS App in the Apple Store?  What are the legal retirements to sell an App on iPhone? [add a sub-title adding questions answered.  Similar but not the same as title. Format as Heading 2]

So you’ve developed a great iOS application which can be downloaded through Apple’s App Store by cell phone users — specifically those who use the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, or iPad mini. Now the question is: how do you get that application approved by Apple in order to get it into the App Store?

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Some of the basics include: the requirement that your end-user license agreement (EULA) contain a number of provisions, which essentially protect Apple from any liability for your app. if you want to be an application developer and sell your app — or give it away for free — you need to protect Apple. A good EULA attorney can make sure that your Terms of Service and privacy agreement comply with Apple’s current requirements.

You also want to protect yourself and your company from any liability as a result of a user downloading your app from the App Store. Your EULA and privacy agreement will control the relationship between you and the people who download the app, use your app, or otherwise interact with your app through their iPhone. You need to pay special attention to these agreements so that you and your company are fully protected from liability, and that you spell out the mandatory terms of privacy. Your privacy agreement, relevant to your app, will tell people what personal identifiable information you are collecting from them, how you are using it, and who you are sharing it with.

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  • [note this is an internal link]  Unwinding the Apple App Store EULA:  A internet attorney can help you get into the Apple App Store with appropriate EULA, privacy terms and other compliance issues.

If you’re looking to get your app approved in the Apple App Store, feel free to contact one of our internet law specialists. Our attorneys have a proven track record of getting apps approved and in compliance with Apple’s mandatory requirements.  You can contact one of our EULA and Apple App store attorneys for more information.

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Privacy Agreement Lawyer Update: You need to tell web visitors what information you’re collecting and what you’re doing with it.

Monday, February 25th, 2013

One of the most often-overlooked website agreements is the privacy policy or privacy agreement posted on your website.  You’re privacy policy is incredibly important.  A privacy policy lawyer knows how to gather the information from you in order to determine what particular provisions need to go in your privacy policy.  You cannot cut and paste someone else’s privacy policy or use a privacy policy form or template to draft your privacy policy.  The reason is simple.  Everyone runs their website different from others including their competitors.  You may be using Google Analytics to collect data.  They may be using some other analytics program.  You may be collecting email addresses.  They may not be collecting email addresses.  You may be sending a newsletter with those email addresses.  They may be turning those email addresses over to advertisers.

The fundamental promise of a  privacy policy is this.  Your lawyer or attorney will tell you that you need to identify all of the data that you are collecting about web visitors, registered users and others who visit your website.  You then need to disclose exactly what you are doing with all of the information collected.  If the information is personal identifiable information, which essentially means that it is information personal to the user which could, along with other information, be used to identify the user, then you have special requirements you must comply with

Contact a privacy policy lawyer today  in order to better understand your options for your very important website agreement known as the privacy policy.

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Use a Website Agreement Template to Get Started on Your Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Monday, February 11th, 2013

You have a website that generates a lot of business and goodwill with your website visitors. But you need website agreements to identify the terms that your website is being offered to consumers on. A website agreement template, either a template for a terms of use, terms of service or privacy agreement, a good way to start brainstorming the issues that you need to address. While a website agreement template can get you moving in the right direction, a website agreement attorney is critical to bringing the website agreement project home. Every terms of service, terms of use and privacy agreement must be customized for your specific business model. It doesn’t do you any good to cut and paste your competitor’s privacy policy agreement, terms of service or other website agreement if you have variations between the two business models. Moreover, you don’t know where your competitor got their website agreement template from. It might not be very good or very customized at all.

Website Agreement Lawyer Tips:

  1. Terms of Use Agreements:  Everything you need to know about how to draft a TOU or TOS.
  2. Why Website Agreements Are Important:  One internet lawyer’s perspective.
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Your Privacy Agreement Lawyer: What needs to go into your privacy policy for your website?

Monday, February 11th, 2013

As a website attorney who specializes in a variety of different internet and website related issues, I think the most overlooked item for most companies is their privacy policy. A privacy policy agreement needs to contain certain essential items in order to provide you maximum protection and comply with the law. Unlike your terms of service (TOS), a privacy policy has some mandated items required by state and federal law. You do need to identify what information you are collecting from website visitors in your privacy policy agreement. An attorney or lawyer can help you understand what types of information your website does collect. If you just offer information to website visitors, you may only have Google Analytics type privacy disclosures. If you are allowing users to register for your website, you’re collecting personally identifiable information which you need to develop privacy policies around.

A good privacy policy lawyer who specializes in website agreements can help you get started. Contact one of our lawyers today.

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Telephone Consumer Protection Act Compliance

Monday, December 17th, 2012

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act, mostly referred to as the TCPA, essentially creates certain requirements that must be met by any party that contacts another via automatic dialing systems, artificial or pre-recorded voice messages, SMS text messages, and fax machines. It’s really a contact, in the context of an advertisement. If someone is contacting another via any of those mediums, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act may apply.

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