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Digital Business Lawyer

Volume: 1 Issue: 3
(March 1999)


Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have heavily criticised the judgement in the Godfrey v Demon Internet Limited and the Defamation Act 1996 which underlies it. / read more

The Cabinet Office led Encryption Task Force has ruled out any return to the key escrow proposal in its report which went to the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, at the beginning of April. / read more

The Norwegian Public Prosecutor has to decide on whether to launch criminal proceedings for copyright infringement against FAST Search & Transfer ASA, a Norwegian software company that has created an internet search engine for locating and downloading MP3 music files, the vast majority of which contain pirated music. / read more

Political agreement on the European Union Digital Signature Directive looked set to be reached as we went to press. / read more


The Demon Judgement has been met with a storm of protest and anger by the British internet community. / read more

Agreement in principle was reached last month between three leading insurance industry e-commerce networks to establish one organisation to support and co-operate in global e-commerce. / read more

The Internet Service Provider AOL Europe has filed a complaint with the EC Commission for abuse of dominant position by Deutsche Telekom (DT), the German incumbent operator, aimed at weakening competition in the market of Internet access. / read more

Eight global financial institutions announced the launch of Identrus (, a global certification authority for digital signatures on April 12 in New York. / read more

Visa, the international payment cards company has revealed that nearly half of all disputes and frauds in the European Union arise from internet transactions, although such transactions account for only 1 per cent of their £463 bn EU turnover. / read more

The development of ViaCode - Royal Mail’s new secure electronic commerce service - gave rise to a variety of legal and practical issues which needed to be addressed and resolved before we were satisfied with the integrity of the legal framework supporting the service. Because of the unique nature of the service and the concept of a Trusted Third Party (TTP), both in the UK and world-wide, some of the legal considerations were also unique in nature, without precedent as to their resolution. We discuss below some of the most important legal and other practical considerations which arose. / read more

The European Commission’s copyright proposal for the Information Society1# aims for further harmonisation of copyright protection throughout the European Union, with an emphasis on digital technology. It is based on a 1995 Green Paper and WIPO Treaties agreed in December 1996, but is unlikely to reach Member States’ statute books until well into 2000. Who knows where the technology might be by then. Bogged down in lobbying, the Directive is also struggling to maintain consistency with the horizontal measures in the proposed E-Commerce Directive2#. / read more

The liability of Internet Service Providers for defamatory comments on their servers has been one of the principal questions facing ISPs and their advisors. Until now they have looked to the US for guidance on the possible approaches which may be taken in the UK. However, the first judgment on the issue in England means British ISPs must now focus their attention firmly on this side of the Atlantic where they may now be exposed to a flood of claims / read more

44. Zeran .v. America Online [1997] 129 F3d 327 illustrates how far the United States by statute has sought to protect Internet providers. / read more

The impact of the Godrey V Demon Internet Ltd case is powerfully illustated by the latest advice note to clients published by Olswang who have acted for Demon Internet Ltd in the case. / read more

The potential benefits for banks of conducting their business on-line are manifest, with decreased transaction costs and access to new customers providing seemingly irresistible advantages to conducting business on-line. However, the uptake of internet banking within the UK has been slow with only a handful of players providing a true ‘internet banking’ service. The purpose of this article is to set out some of the regulatory challenges to internet banking within the UK and to provide a brief explanation of the technology involved. / read more

Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, recently announced he will introduce legislation as soon as Congress reconvenes to encourage electronic commerce by facilitating the accessibility and export of encryption technology. The PROTECT Act’s purpose is to promote electronic commerce that is in keeping with US national security. / read more

Building Trust and Confidence in Secure Electronic Commerce on May 24-26 in Dublin, Ireland is organised by the International Commerce Exchange (ICX), a forum for businesses by businesses who take part in electronic commerce over any network and who need confidence in its security. / read more

The Initial Board of Directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) meeting at the end of March unanimously adopted bylaw changes designed to establish the basic framework for the creation of the three Supporting Organizations called for in the bylaws (including specific provisions establishing a Domain Name Supporting Organization). / read more

The EU Member States are set to discuss the latest US proposal for ‘Safe Harbor Principles’ aimed at satisfying European Union Data Protection concerns at a meeting of the Article 31 Committee on the 19 April.

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A French Internet Site maintainer was found liable by the Paris Court of Appeals for the content of the pages that it hosted even though the content was provided by an independent third party. / read more

Domain Name disputes between registrants with Nominet UK, the registrar of .uk domain names have rarely reached the Courts according to Nominet’s Dispute Resolution Service.(DRS) / read more

A survey by Odyssey found that half of the American households online are now making purchases over the Internet, and that the total number of online purchases in the last six months jumped fourfold from the comparable period a year earlier, to 56 million. / read more

About Digital Business Lawyer:

The monthly publication providing authoritative insights and thought leadership on the legal/regulatory issues affecting online business, covering distance selling, contracts, domain names, adblocking, advertising, cloud computing, net neutrality, e-privacy, data protection, cyber crime, the Internet of Things, social media, internet taxation and software / read more

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