Archive for Software and Internet Law

Complying with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act

If your website allows children under the age of thirteen to sign up, you need to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which was passed in 1998. Among the requirements are that you have a plain language privacy policy, allow parents or guardians to request deletion of their children’s data, and verify […]

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Do You Need A Zombie Apocalypse Clause?

Amazon recently made news when it updated it Amazon Web Services terms of service to include a contingency for the zombie apocalypse. The clause applies to a new game development toolkit they’ve recently released. How’d this get in there? Well, someone was having a little fun, and someone else realized that it would be good […]

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Getting Your Domain Name Back

If you have a registered trademark, there are several avenues available to get a domain name from someone squatting on it who registered the domain name in bad faith. Somewhat frustratingly, the cheapest way is often to just buy it outright from the person who currently owns it. Your negotiation posture can be improved by […]

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How Do I Protect My Software?

You’ve developed a great software product, and you’re looking to protect it. There are a few ways to get legal protection. First and foremost, you can file for a copyright on the code. The Copyright office states: Copyright protection extends to all the copyrightable expression embodied in the computer program. Copyright protection is not available […]

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Protecting Your Data on Facebook

Every few months something goes around Facebook purporting to be a way to claim copyright in your images or privacy in your updates. You get a copyright in an image when you take that image, though registering your copyright provides better protection. Your rights when you post on Facebook are dictated by your privacy settings […]

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Some Legal Considerations For Launching a Website

Will your website allow users to comment or upload content? You should designate an agent under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and have procedures to deal with takedown notices and repeat offenders. You should also familiarize yourself with the Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, and how it shields you from certain liability, not […]

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Someone Registered My Domain Name, How Do I Get It Back?

You’ve been operating your small business for a few years and discover that someone has registered your domain name and put up a website. Or maybe you had a website but the domain name expired and you forgot to renew it in time. Now someone has a competing site up, or is just serving ads […]

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