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Vermont Passes Strictest Subscription Renewal Law

Companies that offer subscriptions that renew automatically now have to pay attention to tiny Vermont, which just passed the strictest automatic renewal law in the country. Several states, including California, have laws governing subscription renewals that require sellers to clearly and conspicuously present the terms of the offer, get express Read More

California’s Subscription Renewal Law About To Change

On July 1, 2018, California’s subscription auto-renewal law is about to change in a couple of important ways. This law applies to e-commerce vendors who sell to consumers on a subscription basis, where the subscription renews automatically. For example, companies that offer subscription box services are generally subject to this Read More

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

New Limits On Online Advertising to Minors

Website and mobile app operators everywhere need to be aware of a new California law dealing with online advertising to children that took effect on January 1, 2015. The law protects any minors under the age of 18 who live in California, and there are more than 9 million residents Read More

Cybersquatter Protection 201 – UDRP

This is the second part of a series on trademark and cybersquatting. In the first part, I wrote about the Trademark Clearing House, an essential resource for trademark owners who want to protect their interests. Today I am writing about the Uniform Domain Name Resolution Policy, also known as UDRP. Read More

Cybersquatter Protection 101

Any business with a valuable trademark has to worry about domain names and cybersquatting. This has become even more important with the sharp increase in generic top-level domains (gTLDs). Recently ICANN introduced more than 1300 new gTLDs. In this post and a few follow-on posts, I’ll talk about what businesses Read More