Advanced Commercial Law: Law of eCommerce (LAW 6529)

SMU Dedman School of Law

Dallas, Texas

 

Peter S. Vogel, Adjunct

Fall 2014

(Monday, 9:00 – 10:40 am)

(101 Florence)

(Updated on August 3, 2014)

 


 

Students can pick up the Final Exam in the Law School Registrar’s Office by 9am any morning during finals and the student’s answers are due the same day in the Registrar’s Office:

-by 1pm for US students, or

-by 4pm for International students.

 

Class#1 - August 25, 2014 Six Big Bang Theory: History of the Internet and e-Commerce

 

A Brief History of the Internet http://www.internetsociety.org/internet/what-internet/history-internet/brief-history-internet

 

The Internet: A Short History of Getting Connected, http://www.fcc.gov/omd/history/internet/

 

Class#2 – September 8, 2014 Formation of Electronic Contracts

 

Google Terms of Service http://www.google.com/accounts/TOS

 

Bing (Microsoft Service Agreement)  http://explore.live.com/microsoft-service-agreement?ref=none&mkt=en-us

 

Yahoo! Terms of Service http://info.yahoo.com/legal/us/yahoo/utos/utos-173.html

 

AOL Terms of Service http://legal.aol.com/terms-of-service/full-terms/

 

ProCD v. Zeidenberg, 86 F.3d 1447 (7th Cir. 1996) http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=11811009805458694240&q=86+F.3d+1447+&hl=en&as_sdt=2002

              

Hotmail Corp. v. Van$ Money Pie, Inc., 47 U.S.P.Q 2d 1020 (BNA) (N.D. Cal. April 16, 1998) http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/property00/alternatives/hotmail.html

 

Caspi v. Microsoft Network, L.L.C., No. A-2182-97T5 (Sup. Ct. N.J., July 2, 1999) http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=1457299661327438830&q=Caspi+v.+Microsoft+Network&hl=en&as_sdt=2006

Specht et al v. Netscape http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=9587085159184835436&q=306+F.3d+17&hl=en&as_sdt=2002

Feldman v. Google, Inc., 2007 WL 966011 (E.D. Pa. March 29, 2007) http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=12924449127890724535&q=Feldman+v.+Google&hl=en&as_sdt=2002

Taxes of Puerto Rico, Inc. V. Taxworks, Inc., Dist. Court, D. Puerto Rico (2014) http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=13172052627107669465&q=ProCD+v.+Zeidenberg&hl=en&as_sdt=2006&as_ylo=2014


Class#3 – September 15, 2014 Jurisdiction and Venue

 

Zippo Mfg. Co. v. Zippo Dot Com, Inc., 952 F. Supp. 1119 (W.D. Pa. 1997). http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=2622455915709061368&q=.,+952+F.+Supp.+1119+&hl=en&as_sdt=2002

 

Blumenthal v. Drudge, 992 F. Supp. 44 (D.D.C. 1998) http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=1958442027646479582&q=%22992+F.+Supp.+44+%22&hl=en&as_sdt=2,5

Yahoo! Inc. v. La Ligue Contre Le Racisme et L’ Antisemitisme., DC No. 379 F.3d 1120 (9th Cir. 2004). http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=8525567203494532167&q=%22Yahoo!+Inc.+v.+La+Ligue+Contre+%22&hl=en&as_sdt=2,5

Fair Housing Council of San Fernando Valley v. Roomates.com LLC, No. 04-56916 (9th Cir.  2007) http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=12982314326945878032&q=Fair+Housing+Council+of+San+Fernando+Valley+v.+Roomates.com+&hl=en&as_sdt=2002

 

Bragg v. Linden Research, Inc., No. 487 F.Supp.2d 593 (E.D. PA 2007) http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=583434033289222111&q=%22Bragg+v.+Linden+Research%22&hl=en&as_sdt=2,5

Illinois v Hemi Group, 622 F.3d 752 (7th Cir. 2010) http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=2728563105860473498&q=Illinois+v.+Hemi+Group+LLC,&hl=en&as_sdt=2,44

Class#4 – September 22, 2014 Social Media and Privacy

 

Google’s Buzz Settlement Announcement http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2011/03/google.shtm

 

Google+ https://plus.google.com/#

 

LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/

 

FaceBook http://www.facebook.com/home.php

 

MySpace http://www.myspace.com/

 

Twitter  http://twitter.com/

 

Yelp http://www.yelp.com

 

FTC Identity Theft http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/menus/consumer/data.shtm

 

Electronic Privacy Information Center http://www.epic.org/

 

Electronic Frontier Foundation  http://www.eff.org/

 

Privacy International http://www.privacyinternational.org/

 

EU Data Protection Directive http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=CELEX:31995L0046:EN:HTML

 

Google Spain SL, Google v. Agencia Española de Protección de Datos (AEPD), Mario Costeja González, Opinion (13 May 2014 European Court of Justice) http://curia.europa.eu/juris/document/document.jsf?docid=138782&mode=req&pageIndex=1&dir=&occ=first&part=1&text=&doclang=EN&cid=154351

 

US Department of Commerce – Safe Harbor http://www.export.gov/safeharbor/

 

California Office of Privacy Protection http://www.privacy.ca.gov/

 

Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada http://www.priv.gc.ca/index_e.asp

 

Class#5 – September 29, 2014 Intellectual Property

US Patent & Trademark Office (PTO) http://www.uspto.gov/

US Copyright Office http://www.copyright.gov/

Uniform Trade Secrets Act (National Conference of Commissioners of Uniform State Laws) http://www.uniformlaws.org/Act.aspx?title=Trade Secrets Act

Sony Corp. v. Universal City Studios, Inc., 464 U.S. 417 (1984) http://www.law.cornell.edu/copyright/cases/464_US_417.htm

Panavision International v. Toeppen. 141 F.3d 1316 (9th Cir. 1997)   http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=18039958431907373662&q=Panavision+International+v.+Toeppen+&hl=en&as_sdt=2002

Madonna Ciccone, p/k/a Madonna v. Dan Parisi and "Madonna.com" (WIPO 2000)  http://arbiter.wipo.int/domains/decisions/html/2000/d2000-0847.html

Universal City Studios, Inc. v. Reimerdes, 111 F.Supp.2d 294, (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 2, 2000)   http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=4887310188384829978&q=Universal+City+Studios,+Inc.+v.+Reimerdes&hl=en&as_sdt=2002

Microsoft Corp. v. I4i Limited Partnership 131 S.Ct. 2238 (2011) http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=18084304855984673909&q=%22Microsoft+Corp.+v.+I4i+Limited+%22&hl=en&as_sdt=2,5

Class#6 - October 6, 2014 Search Engines, Publishing, Wikis, and Blogs

Google http://www.google.com/

Bing http://www.bing.com/

Yahoo! http://www.yahoo.com/

AOL http://www.aol.com/

Dogpile http://www.dogpile.com/

New York Times Co., Inc., et al. v. Tasini et al. (US SCT 2001) http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=14556305056083687616&q=New+York+Times+Co.,+Inc.,+et+al.+v.+Tasini++&hl=en&as_sdt=2006 

Federal Communications Commission http://www.fcc.gov/

 

National Broadband Plan http://www.broadband.gov/plan/

 

Wikipedia http://www.wikipedia.org/

 

Real Lawyers Have Blogs http://kevin.lexblog.com/

Class#7 - MAKE-UP TIME October 16, 2014 12:30pm Antitrust

DOJ Antitrust Division http://www.justice.gov/atr/

FTC Bureau of Competition http://ftc.gov/bc/index.shtml

US v. Microsoft http://www.justice.gov/atr/cases/ms_index.htm

Google and DoubleClick http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2007/12/googledc.shtm

FTC – Competition in the Technology Marketplace http://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/competition-guidance/industry-guidance/technology

EU Antitrust: Commission statement on Microsoft Internet Explorer announcement http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=MEMO/09/272&format=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en

Class#8 – October 20, 2014 Internet Payments - B2C, C2C, and G2C

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/

 

PayPal https://www.paypal.com/

 

eBay http://www.ebay.com/

 

Texas.gov http://www.texas.gov/en/Pages/default.aspx

 

Texas Business and Commerce Code- UCC Chapter 4 http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/BC/htm/BC.4.htm

 

FTC v. Verity 443 F.3d 48 (2d. Cir. 2006)  http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=2411006025302548318&q=%22FTC+v.+Verity+%22&hl=en&as_sdt=2,5

 

Federal Reserve http://www.federalreserve.gov/

 

Electronic Funds Transfer Association http://www.efta.org

 

National ACH Association http://www.nacha.org

Class#9 – November 3, 2014 IoT (Internet of Things), and B2B, B2G, and G2B

B2G Market http://www.b2gmarket.com/

USA.gov http://www.usa.gov/Business/Business_Gateway.shtml

EPCglobal http://www.gs1.org/epcglobal

Texas Department of Information Resources http://www2.dir.state.tx.us/Pages/Home.aspx

FTC: Competition Policy in the World of B2B Electronic Marketplaces http://www.ftc.gov/sites/default/files/documents/reports/entering-21st-century-competition-policy-world-b2b-electronic-marketplaces/b2breport_0.pdf

FTC Terminates HSR Waiting Period for Covisint B2B Venture (September 11, 2000) http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2000/09/covisint.htm

Covisint http://www.covisint.com

Odette http://www.odette.org/html/home.htm

RosettaNet http://www.rosettanet.org/cms/sites/RosettaNet/

EPCglobal http://www.gs1.org/epcglobal

Class#10 - November 10, 2014 Cyber Issues with Spam, Phishing, Spyware, and VOIP

ZixCorp http://www.zixcorp.com/

 

eMail Regulation -Texas Business and Commerce Code- Chapter 321 http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/BC/htm/BC.321.htm

 

Internet Fraud -Texas Business and Commerce Code- Chapter 325 http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/BC/htm/BC.325.htm

 

Anti- Spyware -Texas Business and Commerce Code- Chapter 324 http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/BC/htm/BC.325.htm

 

Mimecast http://www.mimecast.com/

 

OnGuard Online http://www.onguardonline.gov/

 

CAN SPAM Act http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/business/ecommerce/bus61.shtm

 

Canadian Anti-Spam Law (CASL) http://lois-laws.justice.gc.ca/PDF/2010_23.pdf

 

FTC v. Phoenix Avatar, LLC http://www.ftc.gov/os/caselist/0423084/040506pi0423084.pdf

 

FTC v. American Tax Relief LLC, et al., (N.D. IL 2010) http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=4058758128893253380&q=%22FTC+v.+Phoenix+Avatar%22&hl=en&as_sdt=2,5

 

FBI http://www.fbi.gov/

 

FTC: How Not to Get Hooked by a ‘Phishing’ Scam http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt127.shtm

 

OnGuardOnline Malware http://onguardonline.gov/articles/0011-malware

 

FCC: VOIP http://www.fcc.gov/voip/

Class#11 - November 17, 2014 Cyber Crime and Security

U.S. v. Morris, 928 F.2d 504 (2d Cir. 1991) http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=551386241451639668&q=%22US+v+morris%22&hl=en&as_sdt=2,5

Thrifty-Tel, Inc. v. Bezenek, 46 Cal. App. 4th 1559 (1996) http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=13124205958630567455&q=Thrifty-Tel,+Inc.+v.+Bezenek&hl=en&as_sdt=2002

U.S. v. Czubinski, 106 F.3d 1069 (1st Cir. 1997) http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=7274469352147073368&q=U.S.+v.+Czubinski&hl=en&as_sdt=2002

FTC v. Craig Lee Hare (S.D. Fla. 4/98)  http://www.ftc.gov/sites/default/files/documents/cases/1998/04/compl3.htm

US v. Cohen 260 F.3d 68 (2nd Cir. 2001) http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=17200561368019556785&q=%22US+v.+Cohen+%22&hl=en&as_sdt=2,5

Computer Crime  http://www.cybercrime.gov/

2600 http://www.2600.com/

 

CERT http://www.cert.org/

 

Cyberspace Policy Review http://www.whitehouse.gov/assets/documents/Cyberspace_Policy_Review_final.pdf

 

Class#12 – MAKE-UP TIME November 20, 2014 12:30pm UETA, e-Sign, e-Filing, and Local Government

 

Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=106_cong_bills&docid=f:s761enr.txt.pdf

Texas Uniform Electronic Transaction Act (UETA) http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/BC/htm/BC.322.htm

Texas Department of Information Resources http://www.dir.texas.gov/pubs/pages/uetaguide.aspx

eFile Texas (e-Filing) https://efiletexas.gov/ 

US EC/CFM http://pacer.psc.uscourts.gov/cmecf/

M.A.  Mortenson Co. v. Timberline Software Corp., et al., 998 P.2d 305 (Wash. 2000) http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=15790169674261043832&q=%22M.A.++Mortenson+Co.+v.+Timberline+%22&hl=en&as_sdt=2,5

WIREdata, Inc. v. Village of Sussex, 751 N.W.2d 736 (Wisc. App., January 3, 2007)  http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=14262346118795183776&q=WIREdata,+Inc.+v.+Village+of+Sussex,+&hl=en&as_sdt=2002http://www.wicourts.gov/ca/opinion/DisplayDocument.pdf?content=pdf&seqNo=27629

 

Class#13 - –November 24, 2014 Domain Names, Open Source, Software Police, and Regulating Music

 

Panavision Int'l, L.P. v. Toeppen, 141 F.3d 1316 (9th Cir. 1998) http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=18039958431907373662&q=Panavision+International+v.+Toeppen+&hl=en&as_sdt=2002

 

Anticybersquatting Act of 1999 http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-106s1255is/pdf/BILLS-106s1255is.pdf

              

ICANN http://www.icann.org/

 

ICANN http://www.icann.org/udrp/udrp.htm

                              

U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Management of Internet Names and Addresses White Paper, June 5, 1998, http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/6_5_98dns.htm

 

Barney’s New York v. BNY http://arbiter.wipo.int/domains/decisions/html/2000/d2000-0059.html

 

Classic Metal Roofs, LLC v. Interlock Industries, Ltd. Classic Metal Roofs v. Interlock.pdf

 

Open Source http://www.opensource.org/

 

Business Software Alliance http://www.bsa.org/

 

Software & Information Industry Association http://www.siia.net/

 

Electronic Frontier Foundation – Free Speech  http://www.eff.org/issues/free-speech

 

Recording Industry Association of American (RIAA) http://www.riaa.com

 

Class#14 – December 1, 2014 Issues for the Future, Course Review