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Digital Business Lawyer

Volume: 10 Issue: 1
(January 2008)


Fifty US Attorneys General have announced an agreement with social networking giant, MySpace, to boost child safety on social networking websites. / read more

Privacy issues, protection from predators and marketing to children are key issues that will be addressed at a Special Briefing: Children & The Web, an E-Commerce Law & Policy briefing hosted at the London offices of international law firm, Bird & Bird, on 14 March. / read more

Cross border money transfers will be as easy to conduct as domestic transfers, after European banks launched the first Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) payment instrument, for credit transfers, on 28 January. / read more


The announcement from the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office that it and the other 49 states of the US have signed an agreement with MySpace to boost children's safety is a welcome one. / read more

Information Commissioner's Office publishes Revised CCTV Code of Practice
European Court of Justice ruling blocks identity disclosure of illegal music downloaders
Private Members Bill to force age verification on certain goods sold by online retailers
Dates for your diary / read more

In November last year, the French regulator of public auctions took action against internet auctions that had failed to register with the sector-specific authority, including eBay. Aurélien Condomines, a partner with Aramis law firm, explains how the registration regulations apply to internet auctions and examines eBay's argument that it operates outside of the regulations. / read more

The difficulty of prosecuting offshore internet gambling operators has caused the United States to focus its legal campaign against online gambling on service providers with a presence in the US, including advertisers and payment companies. / read more

The European Commission recently conducted a 'sweep' of 16 national authorities while investigating misleading advertising and unfair practices on internet sites selling airline tickets. Peter Donaldson, a senior associate with Hammonds, explains how the Consumer Protection Co-operation Regulation enabled the 'sweep', details how the 'sweep' was conducted, its findings and explains possible future actions. / read more

A decision in the House of Lords recently confirmed that Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974, which holds credit card issuers individually and jointly liable with suppliers if a consumer has a valid complaint against the supplier, applies to purchases made overseas. Dan Jenkinson, a regulatory lawyer with TLT Solicitors, examines the thinking behind the decision. / read more

Virtual worlds began as the preserve of a few dedicated online gamers, however evolved fast and now involve members of the public with no interest in gaming and, increasingly, children. Joseph I. Rosenbaum, a Partner in the New York office of Reed Smith LLP, examines the wide variety of virtual worlds targeted at children, touching on issues including privacy protection and excessive marketing. / read more

Christopher Rees, Head of the Herbert Smith LLP Global TMT group and Dominic Callaghan, senior associate, provide an overview of the latest key developments in IT and eCommerce in the EU. / read more

Patents: Microsoft Corp v AT&T Corp
Copyright: Meridian v Richardson
Free speech: John Doe v Gonzales / read more

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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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