Category «Internet/Domain Names»

Internet and Domain Name attorney of Archer & Greiner, P.C. one of the New Jersey’s largest law firms. The firm put emphasis on Internet/domain names, intellectual property, trademark, patent and copyright law matters.

Beware of Domain Name Traffickers

Internet domain name registration is a first-come, first-served process. Because of the simplicity and relative low cost of registering a domain, trafficking in domain names has been commonplace since the inception of the Internet. It began with domain name hijacking. In its simplest form, hijacking is the registration of a domain name or names which …

Open Source Code: An Intersection Between Copyright Law and the General Public License

Independent computer programmers and software developers are increasingly turning to open source code in writing new computer programs. Therefore, there is a growing need for both programmers and developers as well as companies who contract for their services and distribute their software to understand both copyright law and the GNU – General Public License (“GPL”) …

“Authorization” and “Transmission” — Interpretations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

While initially conceived in 1984 to punish hackers and safe guard classified financial and credit information relating to government and financial institutions, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (the “CFAA”) has evolved over the past two decades to reflect emerging technology in the areas it was created to protect. Specifically, the CFAA affords employers civil …

Identifying the Anonymous Blogger

Increasingly, anonymous bloggers are posting damaging and sometimes libelous comments directed against others on the Internet. However, identifying an anonymous blogger is not easy. Federal law requires an ISP to notify a blogger upon a demand for his identify. Courts typically become involved when an Internet Service Provider (ISP) files suit to ask relief from …

Using the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to Stop Online Copyright Infringement

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) was enacted to protect copyright owners from various forms of infringement in the digital age. It is perhaps most famous for its electronic copyright protection provisions. Those provisions make it unlawful to circumvent technological measures, e.g., encryption, that a copyright owner may use to prevent unauthorized access to music, …

Typosquatting and Domain Name Dispute Arbitration

In the early days of the Internet, enterprising and oftentimes unscrupulous persons would reserve domain names that were the same as or similar to the trade names and trademarks of others and then offer to sell those domains, at high fees, to their “rightful” owners. This practice was known as “cybersquatting.” The Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection …

Internet Assets of Decedents

When a person dies, attention must be paid to the decedent’s intangible assets, such as Internet assets, as well as his/her tangible assets. Email accounts, online gaming property, Internet based bank and credit/debit accounts are all intangible property of the decedent’s estate. Care must be taken to assure that such property is recognized, categorized, quantified …