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New Federal Law Prohibits “Anti-Yelp” Contract Terms

Congress recently passed a new law that restricts a company’s ability to include an “anti-Yelp” type of non-disparagement provision in a standardized contract. The new law, called the Consumer Review Fairness Act of 2016,” is designed to protect individuals who post negative online reviews. The CRFA applies to reviews of Read More

Copyright Office To Require Online Registration of DMCA Agents

If you have a website with any user-generated content, you want to take full advantage of the protection provided by the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA). This has two components. The first is posting (and following) a takedown policy for potentially infringing content in your terms of use. The second, Read More

Website Protection from Copyright Infringement Claims

If you operate a website, you may have to worry about copyright infringement claims. This is particularly true if you have a blog, or if you allow visitors to post photographs, music clips, videos, or written content. The visitors may be posting content that infringes on someone’s copyright, and you Read More

“WE WILL NEVER SELL YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION”

Famous last words. How many times has a company told you they would never sell your personal information, in order to get you to sign up, give them your name, your email, your phone number? It sounds great. Hey, I can trust those guys, they will protect my information. And Read More

Online Privacy Rights for Minors

In a previous post, I wrote about a new California law addressing online privacy rights of minors. That law (California Business & Professions Code Section 22580 to 22582), which took effect on January 1, 2015, does a couple of things. As I wrote in the previous post, the law restricts Read More

If You Have Nothing Nice To Say…

Then say it online in California. On September 9, California governor Jerry Brown signed a new law that prohibits businesses from having customers sign agreements to not post disparaging online reviews. The new law prohibits a contract for the sale or lease of consumer goods or services from containing a Read More

Don’t Forget Your Terms of Service

General Mills’ recent mess has focused a lot of attention on website terms of use. General Mills revised its website terms of use to take away many legal rights of its website users. For example, if you were so impudent as to download a Cheerios coupon, you would be forfeiting your Read More