LEGAL INSIGHTS AND NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN INTERNET LAW & ONLINE BUSINESS

An Illegal Downloading Lawsuit May Be Headed To 1 First Street

Posted on 18 December, 2012 in Intellectual Property by admin

Will 2013 be the year that the Supreme Court of the United States accepts an illegal music downloading case? If K.A.D. Camara has anything to say about it, then “yes,” it will be. For about five years, K.A.D. Camara has represented Jammie Thomas-Rasset, a music “pirate” sued by the Recording Industry Association of America for illegally obtaining – via the Internet – 24 songs. After years of litigation, Camara filed a writ of certiorari, with hopes that the highest court in the land will debate and decide on whether or not the financial awards handed down in illegal downloading lawsuits are [...]

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Attention Affiliate Marketers: ClickBank Changed Their Guidelines

Posted on 15 August, 2011 in Affiliate Marketing by aaronklaw

At the beginning of the month, online affiliate marketplace, Clickbank, changed its promotional guidelines. Over the past several months, the FTC has aggressively pursued online companies suspected of violating various Internet standards established by the commission. Acai berry weight loss and PayDay loan websites were the hardest hit and several online operators were court ordered to pay out millions of dollars in fines.
So, to avoid any legal battle with the FTC and other regulatory agencies, ClickBank executives decided to make affiliate marketing guidelines a bit more FTC-friendly.
Deceptive Marketing And The Internet
While deceptive marketing has long been a civil crime in [...]

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Report Reveals BitTorrent Fanatics Are Hollywood’s Best Customers

Posted on 26 July, 2011 in Intellectual Property, Internet Law and Intellectual Property by aaronklaw

Movie studio executives are determined to shut-down any and all file-sharing sites. They wring their hands, claim poverty, and consistently push the meme, “movie pirates* and streamers are dirty thieves who cost the film industry millions of dollars!”
But according to a representative from well-respected, market-research firm, GfK, “pirates” and “streamers” are Hollywood’s most loyal customers.
The Secret Report That Was Buried By Movie Industry Executives
German website, Telepolis (think Germany’s Huffington Post), first broke the story. According to Telepolis, an anonymous GfK employee divulged that studio executives recently shelved a damning, comprehensive, industry study.
Why the subterfuge? Supposedly, the report revealed that people [...]

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Judge Rules Forum Moderators Aren’t Website Agents

Posted on 19 June, 2011 in Internet Law and Intellectual Property by aaronklaw

Bodybuilding.com has been embroiled in an unfair competition lawsuit for years. When the ordeal began, there were fifteen named defendants. After several dismissals, only two remained. And now, after a summary judgment, there are none. The plaintiffs, Cornelius, Syntrax Innovations and S103 spent a lot of money trying to prove online defamation and unfair competition, but struck out.
Involved Plaintiff Parties: Cornelius, S103 and Syntrax
Cornelius is the named plaintiff in Cornelius v. BodyBuilding.com. When the incidents in question occurred, Cornelius, Inc. operated Syntrax, a brand of growth supplements used by body builders. Recently, a corporate entity called S103 acquired the [...]

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Landlord Tenant Law – What you don’t know may cost you

Posted on 29 June, 2010 in Landlord-tenant by aaronklaw

Did you know that an owner of a rental property that lives out of state must have an in-state statutory agent? Arizona Revised States Section 33-1902 requires an out-of-state landlord to have an in-state agent, which is not the same as a “property manager”. A statutory agent is a person or entity that accepts legal service on behalf of the out of state landlord. Failure to comply with this statute can result in a $1,000.00 fine, plus an additional $100 fine each month.
In addition to this requirement, a landlord is required to have certain [...]

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