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


The Internet: A Short History of Getting Connected,


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


Google Terms of Service


Bing (Microsoft Service Agreement)


Yahoo! Terms of Service


AOL Terms of Service


ProCD v. Zeidenberg, 86 F.3d 1447 (7th Cir. 1996)


Hotmail Corp. v. Van$ Money Pie, Inc., 47 U.S.P.Q 2d 1020 (BNA) (N.D. Cal. April 16, 1998)


Caspi v. Microsoft Network, L.L.C., No. A-2182-97T5 (Sup. Ct. N.J., July 2, 1999)

Specht et al v. Netscape

Feldman v. Google, Inc., 2007 WL 966011 (E.D. Pa. March 29, 2007)

Taxes of Puerto Rico, Inc. V. Taxworks, Inc., Dist. Court, D. Puerto Rico (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).,+952+F.+Supp.+1119+&hl=en&as_sdt=2002


Blumenthal v. Drudge, 992 F. Supp. 44 (D.D.C. 1998),5

Yahoo! Inc. v. La Ligue Contre Le Racisme et L’ Antisemitisme., DC No. 379 F.3d 1120 (9th Cir. 2004).!+Inc.+v.+La+Ligue+Contre+%22&hl=en&as_sdt=2,5

Fair Housing Council of San Fernando Valley v. LLC, No. 04-56916 (9th Cir.  2007)


Bragg v. Linden Research, Inc., No. 487 F.Supp.2d 593 (E.D. PA 2007),5

Illinois v Hemi Group, 622 F.3d 752 (7th Cir. 2010),&hl=en&as_sdt=2,44

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


Google’s Buzz Settlement Announcement














FTC Identity Theft


Electronic Privacy Information Center


Electronic Frontier Foundation


Privacy International


EU Data Protection Directive


Google Spain SL, Google v. Agencia Española de Protección de Datos (AEPD), Mario Costeja González, Opinion (13 May 2014 European Court of Justice)


US Department of Commerce – Safe Harbor


California Office of Privacy Protection


Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada


Class#5 – September 29, 2014 Intellectual Property

US Patent & Trademark Office (PTO)

US Copyright Office

Uniform Trade Secrets Act (National Conference of Commissioners of Uniform State Laws) Secrets Act

Sony Corp. v. Universal City Studios, Inc., 464 U.S. 417 (1984)

Panavision International v. Toeppen. 141 F.3d 1316 (9th Cir. 1997)

Madonna Ciccone, p/k/a Madonna v. Dan Parisi and "" (WIPO 2000)

Universal City Studios, Inc. v. Reimerdes, 111 F.Supp.2d 294, (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 2, 2000),+Inc.+v.+Reimerdes&hl=en&as_sdt=2002

Microsoft Corp. v. I4i Limited Partnership 131 S.Ct. 2238 (2011),5

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






New York Times Co., Inc., et al. v. Tasini et al. (US SCT 2001),+Inc.,+et+al.+v.+Tasini++&hl=en&as_sdt=2006 

Federal Communications Commission


National Broadband Plan




Real Lawyers Have Blogs

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

DOJ Antitrust Division

FTC Bureau of Competition

US v. Microsoft

Google and DoubleClick

FTC – Competition in the Technology Marketplace

EU Antitrust: Commission statement on Microsoft Internet Explorer announcement

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







Texas Business and Commerce Code- UCC Chapter 4


FTC v. Verity 443 F.3d 48 (2d. Cir. 2006),5


Federal Reserve


Electronic Funds Transfer Association


National ACH Association

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

B2G Market


Texas Department of Information Resources

FTC: Competition Policy in the World of B2B Electronic Marketplaces

FTC Terminates HSR Waiting Period for Covisint B2B Venture (September 11, 2000)





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



eMail Regulation -Texas Business and Commerce Code- Chapter 321


Internet Fraud -Texas Business and Commerce Code- Chapter 325


Anti- Spyware -Texas Business and Commerce Code- Chapter 324




OnGuard Online




Canadian Anti-Spam Law (CASL)


FTC v. Phoenix Avatar, LLC


FTC v. American Tax Relief LLC, et al., (N.D. IL 2010),5




FTC: How Not to Get Hooked by a ‘Phishing’ Scam


OnGuardOnline Malware



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

U.S. v. Morris, 928 F.2d 504 (2d Cir. 1991),5

Thrifty-Tel, Inc. v. Bezenek, 46 Cal. App. 4th 1559 (1996),+Inc.+v.+Bezenek&hl=en&as_sdt=2002

U.S. v. Czubinski, 106 F.3d 1069 (1st Cir. 1997)

FTC v. Craig Lee Hare (S.D. Fla. 4/98)

US v. Cohen 260 F.3d 68 (2nd Cir. 2001),5

Computer Crime





Cyberspace Policy Review


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

Texas Uniform Electronic Transaction Act (UETA)

Texas Department of Information Resources

eFile Texas (e-Filing) 


M.A.  Mortenson Co. v. Timberline Software Corp., et al., 998 P.2d 305 (Wash. 2000),5

WIREdata, Inc. v. Village of Sussex, 751 N.W.2d 736 (Wisc. App., January 3, 2007),+Inc.+v.+Village+of+Sussex,+&hl=en&as_sdt=2002


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)


Anticybersquatting Act of 1999






U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Management of Internet Names and Addresses White Paper, June 5, 1998,


Barney’s New York v. BNY


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


Open Source


Business Software Alliance


Software & Information Industry Association


Electronic Frontier Foundation – Free Speech


Recording Industry Association of American (RIAA)


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