Internet Freedom

Internet freedom is surely under stated, considering the extent of communications and the amount of data shared and transmitted.  Among the billions of daily data bits transmitted among users, unfortunately there are abuses.  Internet freedom is taken for granted by millions of users that resort to the Internet for less than beneficial reasons.  Online fraud,…

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Cease Demand Letter Myths

Cease demand letters are an expected step before any legal action is taken. Most jurisdictions require a claimant to demonstrate mitigation efforts.  Courts respect a claimant’s attempt to resolve the issue of concern.  They also appreciate seeing an effort to minimize damages.  But what can be surmised by cease demand letters is not what is…

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Startup Business Consumer Issues

Startup business consumer issues are not usually raised in discussions at the outset by entrepreneurs.  Consumer protection issues creep up as time goes by in their daily business process. But the reality bites, when startups encounter issues not thought through. If the startup is engaged in a business entails a contract or a detailed proposal…

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Startup Business -More than an Idea

Startup Business criteria for the idea-person and the money-person, backing the venture, is always easily skewed toward “what’s the least that it will take to get going”.  Going into the wild of business with the startup entrepreneurial spirit is fascinating and laudable.  Many venture off with the chutzpa without seeking legal counsel  and resort to…

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Advertising Disclosures

Advertising disclosures required by the Federal Trade Commission are becoming numerous.  As creativity increases so will the efforts for the FTC to find aspects, not to their liking.  As the FTC pursues companies using native advertisers or influencer programs, restrictions will appear clearer to businesses.  FTC’s concern is over the possibility of consumers being confused…

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Cyberquatting Claims and Terms

Cybersquatting claims arise on many occassions out of sheer misunderstanding.  Cybersquatting by a website designer is seldom a thought of concern by potential clients who are in the midst of working or are considering the work of a website designer for their start up a business.  Terms are rarely dickered with to ensure the handling…

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Crawling Websites for Data

Crawling websites for data has burdened the growth of ecommerce as website owners witnessing their data scraped.  The legal questions have lingered.  Many questions stand out.  The prevalence of crawling and scraping has become too of the norm for those using web content for business, research, or marketing purposes. The common theme is that website…

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Internet Advertising Under FTC Eyes

Internet advertising has become intricate and keen.  Internet advertising may involve multiple participants.  The purpose is essentially to sway readers to purchase products by making representations that at times appear too good to be true.  That is what the Federal Trade Commission and the State of Connecticut determined prior to suing  LeanSpa.  The claims embraced…

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FTC Advertising Guidelines

The Federal Trade Commission under its Act, particularly Section 5, is seeking advertisers to be clearer about how they convey their ads.  Advertising disclosures required by the Federal Trade Commission are addressing numerous issues about enhancing disclosures of sources of the statements and claims made in an advertisement.  As creativity increases so will the efforts for the…

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Internet Speech and Defamation I

Internet speech has drawn concern for its limitless, it seems, availability for anyone to air their comments about something.  While there are certain protections for speech, the inherent lack of truth in the statements or the lack of concern for the truth in making such a statement online about someone, engenders a considerable amount of…

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Trade Secrets in Databases

Database as a Trade Secret Trade secrets in database records fall victim to many who seek the potential value of stored records from a variety of entities, either from government agencies and competitor businesses, to also include medical and financial enterprises, and even from their own employer or client.  Intruding into another’s database is becoming…

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