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    Cybersquatting

    Problem:

    Dear e-law doctor, we have registered a domain name and just received a letter accusing us of cybersquatting. What is cybersquatting?

    Answer and Remedy:

    In September 2000, a German court convicted and sentenced a 27-year-old man to 22 months in prison suspended to probation for trademark infringement in connection with cybersquatting on 22 domain names.

    The Judge in the Munich court said the registration of daimlerchrysler.org and other names was in contravention of German trademark laws.

    Cybersquatting is registering a domain name knowing that someone else will want it. The intention is often to hold the company which wants it to ransom. There is no European Union law, at the time of writing, against cybersquatting, but cases can be brought before the courts for trademark infringement.

    Cybersquatting disputes over global top level domains such as .com, .org and .net, and a few country code domains can alternatively be brought before a World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) panel.

    Linking - Dec 2001

    Problem:

    Dear e-law doctor, a business web site that we are linked to claims that we must remove all references to them and corresponding links because we do not have an agreement that permits the linking of our two Web sites.

    Answer and Remedy: (To read the answer from 'e-law doctor' click here - free registration required)

    Proposed European Union law on cookies - Nov 2001

    Problem:

    Is it true that an EU regulation is on its way that means that web site owners and operators will have to obtain the prior, explicit consent of sight users before they can use cookies (and other devices such as web-bugs) to collect information on their Web sites?

    Answer and Remedy:

    Yes, an amendment is proposed to regulations dealing with online data protection by Dutch EU Parliament member W.G. van Velzen who describes cookies as "hidden identifiers" that track and store information on an Internet user's surfing habits… (to read the full answer from 'e-law doctor' click here - free registration required)

    Don't cut corners with copyright law! - Oct 01

    Dear e-law doctor, is it true that copying websites, newspaper, magazine articles, or parts of books in the workplace even if its for staff training is copyright infringement?

    Answer and Remedy:

    Yes it probably is if you do not have a CLA licence. Believe it or not illegal copying is the most common crime in the UK today. 8 out of 10 people admit to copying illegally in the workplace… (to read the full answer from 'e-law doctor' click here - free registration required)

    Is spamming illegal in the European Union? - Jun 2001

    Problem: Can I get into trouble by sending untargeted, unsolicited e-mail?

    Answer and Remedy:

    Although spamming is not illegal yet, (but, EU regulations are on the way) the penalties for conducting this form of marketing can be severe. For example, your Internet Service Provider (ISP) may terminate your account without notice if they are informed that you have been spamming…. (to read the full answer from 'e-law doctor' click here - free registration required)

    Jurisdiction law, EU re:00043 - Jun 2001

    Problem:

    Dear e-law doctor, Is it true that B2B sellers can be sued in other countries and B2C sellers can be sued almost anywhere in the EU?

    Answer and Remedy:

    A new law: The Brussels Regulation (44/2001 of 22 December 2000) will be effective on 1 March 2002…. (to read the full answer from 'e-law doctor' click here - free registration required)

    What about Online Consumer Rights?

    The UK Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations 2000 bringing into force the EU Distance Selling Directive have been published. The regulations came into force on October 31, 2000. The DTI (the UK Department of Trade and Industry) has also published a guide for business to ensure that all businesses selling goods and services to consumers by mail order, over the internet, by telephone or by fax, are aware of the new rights granted to consumers…. (to read the full answer from 'e-law doctor' click here - free registration required)




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