Monthly Archives: December 2011

Illinois Appeals Court Protects Anonymous Poster In Internet Defamation Lawsuit

Internet defamation legal ruling
Back in 2009, an Internet defamation fracas began in Illinois. A truly 21st century legal standoff, the cyber libel lawsuit of Stone v. Hipcheck16 involved a local election, one politically-minded parent and the arguably bawdy smack-talk of at least one teen-aged blogger. The case was watched by many for its Internet privacy implications. And sure enough, the decision of the Illinois appeal’s court has further cemented the state’s legal standing when it comes to online anonymous speech. How The Internet Defamation Lawsuit Began: Internet Smack Talk It was 2009, and thanks to the Buffalo Grove Village local elections, things were heating up on the Daily Herald’s message board. Thus was the political climate when two posters, “Uncle W” and “Hipcheck16,” became embroiled in an online debate. After some online back-and-forth, Hipcheck16 correctly guessed that Uncle W was Jed, son of ...
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U.S. Resident Arrested For Online Defamation; Internet Censorship in Thailand to Blame

Blogger, Joe Gordon, arrested for online defamation
This one comes to you from the “WTH Files” and Internet censorship in Thailand is the topic at hand… If you’ve ever seen “Broke Down Palace” or are on team-Schapelle-Corby, then you know how easy it can be for unsuspecting westerners to find themselves in an unfamiliar (and often unforgiving) Thai prison.  Traditionally, drugs are to blame when the unlucky land behind Bangkok bars; but this time around, a U.S.-based blogger, Joe Gordon, awakened the ire of the Thai government and is now doing hard time in Thailand. Internet Censorship in Thailand: Joe Gordon, Defendant Fifty-four years ago, Joe Gordon (Thai name: Lerpong Wichaicomma) was born in northeastern Thailand. But for about the past 30 years, Joe has been a legal resident of the United States. This past May, when back in Thailand visiting his place of birth, Joe was ...
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Get Ready For The New FTC Business Opportunity Rules

Learn About New FTC Bizopp Rules
Well, it’s official. On March 1, 2012 the Federal Trade Commission’s new “Disclosure Requirements and Prohibitions Concerning Business Opportunities” or “business opportunity rules” go into effect. According to the FTC’s website, amendments to the original rules were done to “broaden the scope” of businesses to include “sellers of work-at-home opportunities.” The new guidelines stipulate three disclosure and sales obligations that “bizopp” marketers must follow. Advocates for the new business opportunity rules say it’ll reduce costs, simplify the compliance process, and allow for greater transparency. But of course, there are at least two sides to every story; so while some may be lauding the new FTC business rules, others are most certainly grumbling. Who The New FTC Business Opportunity Rules Affect What exactly is a “business opportunity” you ask? They’re turn-key, packaged business investments. Unlike franchises, business opportunity buyers and sellers ...
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Medical Justice FTC Investigation Is A Go

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After several months of bad press and legal leg-work, last week, the Center for Democracy and Technology filed a formal complaint with the Federal Trade Commission and several Attorneys General about Medical Justice, a doctors’ rights company. In a thorough claim, the CDT cogently outlines what they consider deceptive and unfair practices on the part of Medical Justice.[1] About Medical Justice and Their Copyright Infringement Control Business Plan Over 3,000 medical professionals in the United States (many of which are allegedly facing malpractice suits[2]) pay approximately $1,200 a year for membership in Medical Justice, a company whose stated goal is to help doctors combat “physician Internet libel and web defamation.”[3] The original Medical Justice modus operandi involved a contract that forbade patients to post negative online reviews about the doctor or the medical treatments received under the care of a ...
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FDA Declares HCG Weight Loss Products Illegal

FDA declares HCG weight loss products illegal
Yesterday, The Federal Drug Administration announced that HCG Weight Loss products are illegal and many of the brands’ endorsement claims haven’t been substantiated. Eleven specific products were named in the statement, all of which were labeled “homeopathic” and received letters from the FDA informing them of their products perceived illegality. The FDA’s Claims About HCG Weight Loss Products Spokespeople for the Federal Drug Administration announced yesterday that weight loss products containing human chorionic gonadotropin are not effective weight loss supplements. Moreover, officials say that many of the products feature instructions that advise customers to take with a “very low calorie diet.” The FDA cautions that taking HCG on a minimal calorie diet can be very dangerous and increase one’s risk of heart arrhythmias. Electrolyte imbalance and the development of gallstones are two other side effects that the FDA associates with ...
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Copyright Law: Infringement

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Want to learn a little about copyright law? Grab a coffee and keep reading. United States Copyright Law: Overview Anyone who creates an original work, such as a piece of writing, music, physical art or architectural work is entitled to copyrights on that creation. A copyright is a legal notion which appoints exclusive rights to the creator of original content. While U.S. copyright law is dense, below is brief guide to what copyrights are granted to creators of original works. The creator is given the right to: copy their own work be credited for its use perform the work in a public setting restrict unauthorized use of the original work As an intellectual property right, a copyright is similar to a trademark or patent and can be applied to any substantive form of information. A case of copyright infringement is ...
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Free Speech Implications of Blocking Blog Posts in India

Free speech laws
India is the world’s largest democracy, but the country’s claim to the title is being questioned after the Indian government implemented regulations restricting web content, specifically blog posts, in cases of “questionable content.” The new rules, which came from India’s Department of Information Technology, is sparking the ire of netizens and human rights advocates alike, with both slamming the move as a free speech violation. India’s Free Speech-Unfriendly Blog Laws In the new guidelines, anyone — private citizen or political party — can request that the government ban particular websites when they contain what is perceived as objectionable material. The criteria for objectionable content include, but are not limited to: threats to the sovereign integrity of India, the security of the state, friendly relations with foreign states, and public order. Any website or blog also found to incite readers to ...
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Online Privacy Law Trivia

Internet Law Online Privacy Quiz
It’s Friday, it’s almost quitting time and you’re looking to kill some time. So why not use the time to test your online privacy law IQ. Have some fun answering the questions below, press “score quiz” and get answers and explanations immediately. And who knows, you may just learn a few smarty-pants factoids for the next cocktail party you’re heading to! Online Privacy Trivia Quiz No The online privacy across the isle hand-holding award goes to John McCain and John Kerry who co-sponsored an “Online Privacy Bill of Rights”
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Looking For A Video Game Lawyer

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With a video game lawyer from our firm on your side, you can be sure your creative efforts are protected from the unscrupulous business practices and frivolous claims of those who want to take your money and your time. Video game law is a branch of entertainment law that deals specifically with the unique needs of the gaming industry. Copyrights, intellectual property and licensing are a large part of video game law, but contract issues are also involved. If it is part of developing a video game, it is covered by video game law and we have a video game lawyer who can handle it for you. Documenting every aspect of video game development with complete and clear paperwork is crucial for a successful video game development business. Good documentation is the key to avoiding costly and damaging legal issues. ...
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