Tech Law News

This is FindLaw's Legal Technology Center's collection of Technology Law News articles. Information on cyberspace law, internet law, ecommerce, court decisions that involve technology companies and more is provided here.
Tech Law News Articles
    • Treasury Dept Secret Monitoring of International Funds Transfers

      In late June, the New York Times revealed that the Treasury Department and the CIA had been engaged in a secret surveillance program. Through the covert Terrorist Finance Tracking Program ("TFTP"), the Administration has reportedly monitored thousands of international funds transfers. The goal was to trace terrorist finances, in an effort to stop money from reaching terrorist groups.

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    • List of Communications Law Highlights for 2006

      We've assembled some of the top issues in the communications field that have appeared in the Legal Technology Center over the course of the past year, and we offer them up so you can relive the highs and lows that were 2006.  

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    • High-Tech Company Uses Low-Tech Spy Technique

      Anyone interested in technology and the law has probably already heard about HP's spying scandal involving the use of "pretexting" to get information about members of HP's Board of Directors. Pretexting (also known as "social engineering") is a simple, low-tech, and frighteningly common way that data miners and private investigators can gain access to an individual's personal information.

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    • Boardroom Hijinks May Lead to Serious Liability

      Two days ago, on September 12, Hewlett-Packard's ("HP") non-executive Chair, Patricia Dunn, resigned -- amid news stories claiming she used subterfuge to gain access to the phone records of board members and journalists, in an effort to root out a suspected boardroom snitch.

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    • Tech Tips: Alternative Workspaces
      Technology tips on gadget gift giving and setting up alternative workspaces for lawyers.

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    • Internet Law Update: Grok Down, Pop Up
      June 27 fetched two huge Internet law decisions: the U.S. Supreme Court's MGM v. Grokster decision and the Second Circuit's 1-800 Contacts v. WhenU.com decision. In copyright law, the Supreme Court held that conduct manifesting inducement of copyright infringement is sufficient to hold liable P2P Companies that distribute software used primarily to infringe copyrighted works. In trademark law, the Second Circuit held that using a website address to generate competing pop-up ads does not constitute a "use in commerce" sufficient to support trademark infringement. The words in these two decisions are likely to bleed onto the pages of copyright and trademark law briefs for some time-the rulings are that big.

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    • Pop Up Madness: Does IP Law Really Care?

      Everyone's mad about pop-up ads. But does such madness translate into infringement under copyright or trademark law?  

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    • Google Talk VoIP Services Alleged To Infringe Patents

      As technology companies become established and financially successful, it is not uncommon for smaller companies and individuals to allege that the larger companies have infringed and trampled on intellectual property rights during the rise to the top.

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    • Search Engine Comparative AdWare-tising Under Scrutiny

      The future of keyword advertising -- and by implication, other forms of online advertising -- was recently put in jeopardy by the Court of Appeals of the Ninth Circuit. The Ninth Circuit decision, which reversed the lower court, now permits Playboy to pursue its trademark law claims against search engines for using software (adware) to key advertisements to Playboy trademarks without Playboy's consent. As there is little authority in this area of law, the decision served as a menacing warning to Internet advertisers which will continue to ripple through Internet law waters for some time.

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    • FCC Adopts Order To Enable Law Enforcement To Access Certain Broadband And VoIP Providers
      The Federal Communications Commission today adopted a Second Report and Order and Memorandum Opinion and Order (Order) that addresses several issues regarding implementation of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA), enacted in 1994.

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