Advanced Commercial Law: Law of eCommerce (LAW 5766)

SMU Dedman School of Law

Dallas, Texas


Peter S. Vogel, Adjunct

Fall 2011

(Monday, 9:00 – 10:40 am)

(101 Florence)

(updated August 5, 2011)



Take Home Final Exam Beginning November 28, 2011 and must be returned to the Registrar by 5pm on December 15, 2011.


Class#1 - August 22, 2011 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 – August 29, 2011 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)

Class#3 - September 12, 2011 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


Mink v. AAAA, 190 F.3d 333 (5th Cir. 1999)

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

Yahoo! Inc. v. La Ligue Contre Le Racisme et L’ Antisemitisme., DC No. CV-00-21275-JF (9th Cir). Yahoo! Inc. v. La Ligue Contre LeRacisme et L’ Antisemitisme.

Fair Housing Council of San Fernando Valley v. LLC, No. 04-56916 (9th Cir., May 15, 2007)


Bragg v. Linden Research, Inc., No. CIV.A.06 4925 (E.D. Pennsylvania, May 30, 2007)

Class#4 – September 19, 2011 UETA, e-Sign, and e-Filing


Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act

Texas Uniform Electronic Transaction Act (UETA)

Texas Department of Information Resources

Texas electronic filing (e-Filing)


M.A.  Mortenson Co. v. Timberline Software Corp., et al. (Wash. 2000)

WIREdata, Inc. v. Village of Sussex, No. 2005AP1473 (Wisc. App., January 3, 2007),+Inc.+v.+Village+of+Sussex,+&hl=en&as_sdt=2002

Class#5 – September 26, 2011 Antitrust

DOJ Antitrust Division

FTC Bureau of Competition

US v. Microsoft (D.C. 2009)

Google and DoubleClick

FTC – Competition in the Technology Marketplace

EU Antitrust: Commission statement on Microsoft Internet Explorer announcement

Class#6 - October 3, 2011 Intellectual Property

US Patent & Trademark Office (PTO)

US Copyright Office

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

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 (US SCT, June 2011)

Class#7 - October 10, 2011 Search Engines, Publishing, Wikis, and Blogs






New York Times Co., Inc., et al. v. Tasini et al. (US SCT 2001)

Federal Communications Commission


Broadband over Power Lines






Class#8 – October 17, 2011 Social Networking and Privacy


Google’s Buzz Settlement Announcement














FTC Identity Theft


Electronic Privacy Information Center


Electronic Frontier Foundation


Privacy International


EU Data Protection Directive


US Department of Commerce – Safe Harbor


California Office of Privacy Protection


Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Class#9 - October 24, 2011 PayPal, eBay, Internet Payment, B2C, C2C, and G2C







Texas Business and Commerce Code- UCC Chapter 4


FTC v. Verity (S.D. NY 2004)


Federal Reserve


Electronic Funds Transfer Association


National ACH Association

Class#10 – October 31, 2011 EDI, B2B, B2G, G2B, and RFID

B2G Institute

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#11 - November 7, 2011 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






FTC v. Phoenix Avatar, LLC


FTC v. Global Web Promotions


US v. Daniel Lin




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


FTC: Spyware



Class#12 - November 14, 2011 Crime and Security

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

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 (2nd Cir. 2000)

Computer Crime

US v. Kichinka (indictment May, 2007)






Cyberspace Policy Review


Class#13 - –November 21, 2011 Domain Names, Open Source, Software Police, and Regulating Music


Panavision Int'l, L.P. v. Toeppen, 141 F.3d 1316 (9th Cir. 1998)






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 – November 28, 2011 Issues for the Future, Course Review


Take Home Final Exam Beginning November 28, 2011 and must be returned to the Registrar by 5pm on December 15, 2011.