By Tom Clark • March 21, 2014•Issues, Other Issues
The digital age has evolved considerably over the last two decades. As such, use of the Internet by both businesses and individuals has resulted in the creation of internet law, or legal disciplines associated with internet use. Let’s delve further into Internet law and the reasons for hiring internet law attorneys:
Those Affected by Internet Law
Any person or business who creates and publishes a website, social media site, e-commerce site or other internet platform is subject to internet law. Protecting rights to content is merely one example of the legal aspects associated with operating an online business or site. Those who steal content, post non-stock images without attribution or practice online defamation regarding a person or company are also examples of why Internet law attorneys are necessary.
Services Offered by Internet Law Attorneys
Such attorneys also help individuals or businesses with “the treatment, editorial functions and monitoring of user-generated content.” For example, a user who posts inappropriate content on an internet forum or site will be warned if not banned from that site as per site user terms. The same is true of social media: users are not allowed to harass others or post content the site deems inappropriate.
Other services offered by internet law attorneys include review of marketing and advertising strategies/tactics in conjunction with advertising and consumer protection laws, and Federal Trade Commission regulations. This helps prevent company use of “black hat” or “spam” tactics, as such tactics often result in Google penalties among other legal issues.
Internet law attorneys also represent clients who must appear before regulatory and law enforcement bureaus.
Digital Millennium Copyright Act
Attorneys also ensure clients comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, a U.S. copyright law that “criminalizes production and dissemination of technology, devices or services intended to circumvent measures that control access to copyrighted works.” The law also “heightens the penalties for copyright infringement on the Internet.”
The Communications Decency Act
Internet law attorneys also ensure clients comply with the Communications Decency Act, which deals with online libel issues. The law was created to “stop, or inhibit, the profusion of pornography, and other obscene material.” This act was created in 1996 and is cited as the first “real attempt” by the federal government to regulate and or censor material deemed obscene or pornographic.
An Ideal Service for Large and Small Businesses
Whether running an increasingly popular blog, big-name e-commerce site or worldwide social media juggernaut, it’s an excellent idea to consult Internet law attorneys. This allows companies and individuals to ensure all site operations are legal and protect them from copyright issues. After all, anyone can create a website, however having the right documentation, user terms and conditions and similar protection contributes to site success from a legal standpoint.
Get the legal assistance your site/online business deserves! Contact Cohen Schneider today to learn more about what the law firm can do for your Internet company.