E-Commerce - Legal Aspects
Legal Information about E-Commerce
E-Commerce - Legal Aspects
While e-commerce can take on many forms, one of the most common practices related to electronic commerce is the practice of "e-tailing." Also known as "virtual storefronts," this is the practice of listing products for sale in a catalog format on a website. Some e-tail sites (perhaps most notably Amazon.com) take this a step further and aggregate numerous smaller stores into a unified system like a "virtual mall."
Other examples of ecommerce include subscription sites, mobile application sales, electronic book purchases, online auctions, and the procurement of various services via the web.
- ABA - Electronic Commerce Law Subcommittee
The American Bar Association Electronic Commerce Subcommittee develops and recommends efficient, flexible and equitable policies, principles, and practices for business-to-business and business-to-consumer electronic commerce. It's actively engaged in projects directly aqnd through three working groups: the Consumer Protection Working Group; the Working Group on Transferability of Electronic Assets, and the Electronic Contracting Practices Working Group.
- Basic Guide to E-Commerce
Guide to doing business over the internet/web. Includes: Basics; Getting a Computer, Connecting to the Internet, and Developing a Web Page; Understanding Electronic Data Interchange (EDI); Building and Managing a Virtual Team; Product Development; Developing Your Online Store, Online Transactions, etc.; Online Marketing and Monetizing Your Website; and Other General Resources.
- E-Commerce and Tax Law Journal
A legal publication created and published by the Internet Business Law Services (IBLS), the world's largest Internet law publisher and Thomas Jefferson School of Law Masters in Law Program. The Law Journal publishes writings by academics, practitioners and policy makers on a variety of topics, including e-commerce, electronic contracting, techno torts, cyber crime, privacy, Internet taxation, international taxation, etc
- E-Commerce and the Law
An e-commerce guide that covers: E-commerce Regulations; Tips for complying with the E-commerce Regulations; Regulations applying to telephone and fax marketing; Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations; Tips for complying with the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations; E-commerce and the Data Protection Act 1998; Distance Selling Regulations; and Provision of Services Regulations.
- FTC - Online Advertising and Marketing
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is the primary federal agency regulating e-commerce activities, including use of commercial e-mails, online advertising and consumer privacy. This page provides information and links to legal resources, which include: Case Highlights; Reports and Workshops; Laws, Rules, and Guides; and Compliance Documents.
- SSL Privacy Seal Program - Guardian eCommerce
SSL Privacy Seal Program is a third party site verification provided by Guardian eCommerce. Its primary objective is to help protect online consumers worldwide by identifying safe and trustworthy web sites.
- UNCITRAL - Electronic Commerce
The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) was established by the General Assembly in 1966 to further the progressive harmonization and unification of the law of international trade. The Commission has since come to be the core legal body of the United Nations system in the field of international trade law.
Starting an E-Business
- Overcoming the Obstacles
Entrepreneur article about how to clear 9 common hurdles to ebay business success.
- Start on Online Business
Regardless of where you choose to operate your business, certain general requirements always apply. Before you can begin completing specific online business steps you must follow the basic rules for starting a business. Use these tools and resources to help take you from preparing your business plan and to becoming a successful business owner.
- Starting an eBay Business
Article about how to start a business on ebay.
- Starting an Ebusiness on $1000
This article provides information about starting an Ebusiness with very little capital.
- Starting an EBusiness: What's Involved?
Basic components of an eBusiness
- Starting Your Own E-Business: The Plan
A Plan for starting your own online business.
- Domain Name Disputes
This page discusses domain names and the resolution of domain name disputes by the Internet community.
- Domain Name Legal Issues
The Legalities of Buying and Selling Domain Names
- Domain Name News
DomainNameNews.com provides daily information about domain sales, domain company news, and other domain industry news and views.
- The Domain Industry News Magazine
Practical Tips For Protecting Your Domain Names.
Articles on HG.org Related to E-Commerce
- Expanding into Global E-Commerce: Legal ConsiderationsThe rise of global e-commerce is changing the face of business around the world. The US share of that global e-commerce is steadily dropping, while China and the developing world are rapidly developing staggering market shares of retail and wholesale e-commerce. In 2016, the global retail e-commerce market was worth $1.86 trillion; the estimates are the value of global online commerce to rise to $4.48 trillion by 2021.
- Tips for Dealing with Digital AssetsDigital assets are still a relatively new item for many business owners and individuals with monetary and property assets. However, it is important to understand how these work, what to do with them and especially what is needed to protect the family in the event of the death of the owner of the assets so that they are able to retain them after he or she dies.
- Does Moderating Your Website Make You Liable for Copyright Infringement?Online platform providers are increasingly looking for ways to curate user generated content, both to promote good content and filter bad content. As a recent example, YouTube has taken steps to demonetize channels that may not align with the values of their advertisement buyers. Nearly everyone running an online platform is working on removing internet troll comments.
- A Ransomware Infection Risks Business HealthRansomware is a menacing cyber threat because it exposes a business to cyber extortion. A ransomware infection can harm a business by opening up its legal risks and shutting down its operations.
- How to Transfer Ownership in a Digital Business and Digital AssetsIn the electronic age, there are many businesses upgrading to the digital and buying and selling digital assets. However, there are not as many that know how to transfer the ownership of a company primarily running on online products and services.
- Trademark Selection and Response to Trademark Office ActionsTrademarks help consumers to make informed decisions about goods and services that they purchase. Selection of branding for a business should include advice from a marketing professional and a trademark search performed by an intellectual property attorney. The trademark search can identify issues that should be promptly addressed and should prepare a business to either avoid a trademark office action or to develop a winning argument in response to the office action.
- Should You Invest in a Resale Franchise?There are many reasons franchisees decide to sell their franchise – life changes like death, divorce or retirement comes to mind – and if you are looking at investing in a resale franchise, you should neither discount nor leap into it without careful investigation.
- California’s Anti-SLAPP Laws Increase Risk when Suing Based on Consumer ComplaintsCalifornia anti-SLAPP laws are are designed to protect the public right to petition and free speech in matters of public interest and concern, including in connection with lawsuits, legislation, in public forums and discussions, and generally in matters of public interest. Where anti-SLAPP law applies, however, it can spell disaster for a plaintiff who is found to have filed a contravening lawsuit as illustrated by the example below.
- Legal Actions against Website Posting Fake ReviewsMany consumers report looking over reviews before purchasing a product or service. This has been made easier by the Internet and the easy ability for consumers to include reviews. However, it has also given a forum for consumers to post negative reviews about businesses and individuals that portrays them in a negative light. In some instances, legal action can be taken against posters or websites if the conduct amounts to defamation.