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Internet & E-Commerce

In addition to assisting and advising our traditional broadcast/cable and telecom clients as they adapt to emerging technologies, launch Internet web pages and stream broadcast programming, Lerman Senter is also active in the areas of Internet and cyberspace law as a separate specialty practice area. Given our global perspective of the telecommunications industry, we are able to provide essential knowledge of the technological and regulatory foundation of the Internet and to advise clients on a wide variety of legal and business issues involving the Internet and e-commerce. In this connection, we provide assistance to clients on (i) registration of new domain names, DMCA registrations, trademark searches, and filing and prosecution of trademark applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (ii) liability matters with respect to the use of electronic and computer-related communications; (iii) linking practices and copyright issues with respect to licensing audio and video content (including broadcast signals) for use on Internet websites, including drafting agreements between rights holders and web site owners; (iv) emerging standards and state and federal legislation and enforcement regarding online advertising practices (“adware”), with particular respect to the installation of unwanted computer software, robots and other electronic mechanisms on user computers (“spyware”) and related notice and consent requirements; and (v) domestic and foreign state and federal legislative matters affecting the Internet and e-commerce including taxation, consumer protection, privacy, content issues, and intellectual property rights.

In conjunction with these and other related efforts, we represent clients before the Federal Trade Commission, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, U.S. Copyright Office, World Intellectual Property Organization, U.S. Department of Commerce and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

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  • Drafted and negotiated agreements between owners of Internet web site with respect to monetary and non-monetary compensation for the provision of links between multiple web sites

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