There are far too many online business operators that are not taking legal compliance seriously enough and subjecting themselves to potential liability. A commercial website is still a business regardless of the fact that its home is the world wide web, instead of a traditional brick and mortar facility. In its October 2014 Web Server Survey, NetCraft confirmed that there are over 1 billion websites on the world wide web today. If you think that governments and enforcement agencies across the world have not taken notice of this fact, then you are kidding yourself. In the United States, federal agencies such as the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) are prosecuting website operators at an increasing rate with more severe penalties. State attorneys are exercising subpoena power and commencing enforcement actions more than ever before and the United States has not been shy about seizing websites that are suspected of violating applicable law. Additionally, private civil lawsuits in both the federal and state courts involving online businesses and the internet are an everyday occurrence and at all-time highs. Almost all traditional (brick and mortar) successful business operators make legal compliance a top priority and usually won’t even open their doors for business…
In the past few weeks our internet lawyers have seen an exponential increase in the number of client inquiries related to instant messenger hacks. Whether you are using Skype, WhatsApp, FaceBook Messenger, ICQ or any other instant messaging tool, it is essential that you know what to do if you suspect that your account has been hacked or if you see that someone else’s account has been compromised. First things first, if you aren’t using anti-virus and anti-malware software, stop reading this post and go get both. There are plenty of excellent free options available online. (Yes, this applies to you Apple users). Secondly, do not share your passwords with anyone. Not your wife, neighbor, child, or invisible friend. Nobody. Third, make sure that your password contains a combination of upper case letters, lower cases letter, numbers and symbols. You should be avoiding passwords that include personal information such as your address, date of birth, social security number or middle name etc. Fourth, change your passwords often. Fifth, do not click on strange links that you do not recognize regardless of who the link is from. If a link looks suspicious then 99.9% of the time it is malicious in…
For the second straight year, internet lawyer, Corey Silverstein has been awarded the Super Lawyers Top Attorneys in Michigan Rising Stars award. This tremendous honor will be published in both Crain’s Detroit Business and Hour Detroit Magazine in addition to the Super Lawyers website. The Super Lawyers Top Attorneys in Michigan Rising Stars award is selected by peer recognition and professional achievement and Mr. Silverstein was appreciative of the recognition. Silverstein Legal takes great pride in being comprised of some of the most talented and recognized website attorneys in the world. Website attorney, Corey Silverstein couldn’t be happier and continues to strive to be a leader in the internet law field.
Silverstein Legal is very excited to announce that on September 20, 2016, website lawyer, Corey Silverstein was admitted to practice law in the State of Georgia. This is a tremendous accomplishment for Corey Silverstein who has already been admitted by the States of Michigan and Arizona and by the District of Columbia. It’s also a great addition to Corey Silverstein’s federal admissions that include, the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. Silverstein Legal is a boutique law firm that caters to online businesses and provides the best legal services to website and online business operators and is very proud of being known as its clients’ first choice when it comes to seeking a website lawyer.
Website Attorney, Corey Silverstein Assists Ad Network To Defeat Secondary Copyright Claims: ALS Scan v. JuicyAds. The plaintiff in this case is well-known pornographer/litigator ALS Scan. Today’s case involves an ad network, Tiger Media, which runs the JuicyAds network catering to pornography websites. ALS Scan’s real targets are alleged “pirate Internet sites” with names like imghili.net; namethatpornstar.com; slimpics.com; cumonmy.com; bestofsexpics.com; teenbe.com; mymaturespace.com; spankwiki.net; and stooorage.com. “Plaintiff alleges that it has sent 195 separate email notifications to JuicyAds with multiple examples of infringing ALS images on certain Publishers’ websites, but JuicyAds refuses to terminate these Publishers’ accounts.” ALS Scan also alleges it signed up a sting account with JuicyAds called “www.stolenalspictures.com” with the headline “Infringing ALS Photos Made Free,” but JuicyAds did not remove it from the network. (This account is strikingly similar to the Ninth Circuit’s hypothetical “stolencelebritypics.com” example in Perfect 10 v. ccBill–which ALS Scan chose to imitate even though ccBill was a defense win). Tiger moved to dismiss the complaint. The court grants the motion. Read the full story on the Technology & Marketing Law Blog.
LOS ANGELES — A federal judge yesterday sided with JuicyAds and dismissed a lawsuit that accused the adult ad network of profiting from pirate sites that use its service to generate revenue. The case, filed this past summer at Los Angeles federal court by adult publisher ALS Scan, was the first where an ad traffic company stood accused of aiding pirate sites. ALS Scan sued JuicyAds, content delivery network CloudFlare and other third parties for copyright infringement carried out by its users. ALS Scan, in its complaint, said it alerted Juicy Ads 195 times about infringing activities of several customers, but that it took no action in response and continued to offer services. “[J]uicyAds and Cloudflare make money by continuing to do commerce with sites that draw traffic through the lure of free infringing content,” ALS Scan said in the complaint. But JuicyAds moved to dismiss the case on grounds that ALS Scan, a website (“All Ladies Shaved”) that is operated by the parent company that owns MetArt, failed to state a claim for secondary liability against the traffic company. Read the full story on XBIZ.
Law360, Los Angeles (October 3, 2016, 11:25 PM EDT) -- A California judge on Monday dismissed Tiger Media Inc. from a pornography producer's $10 million suit claiming the Canadian company operates an ad network supporting websites that illegally distribute its adult content, but granted the porn company permission to file an amended suit. U.S. District Judge George H. Wu granted Tiger Media’s motion to be dropped from a copyright infringement suit brought by ALS Scan Inc. against eight different companies the pornography provider claims are either websites displaying the infringing adult content or third-party service providers... Read the full article at Law 360.
In October 2015, the European Court of Justice invalidated the International Safe Harbor Privacy Principles which were established in 2000. The Safe Harbor Privacy Principles allowed certified U.S. companies to receive personal data of EU residents in compliance with EU cross-border transfer rules. While many rejoiced the invalidation, numerous legal experts predicted that the invalidated Safe Harbor Privacy Principles would quickly be replaced. The legal experts were right. The EU-US Privacy Shield is a framework for transatlantic exchanges of personal data for commercial purposes between the European Union and the United States. After more than two years of negotiations, on July 12, 2016, the framework was adopted by the European Commission and went into effect the same day. View the full text of the EU-US Privacy Shield framework. The U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary, Penny Pritzker and EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová announced the deal together in Brussels. Jourová was quick to point out that the EU-US Privacy Shield is fundamentally different from the previous Safe Harbor arrangement because of the annual joint review, which allows the EU to address any issues as they arise. Jourová went on to say “it brings stronger data protection standards that are better enforced,…
Silverstein Legal is very pleased to announce that in response to client demand, Silverstein Legal now accepts Paxum as a form of payment for legal services in addition to Credit Card, ACH, Wire, PayPal, check and money order. Silverstein Legal’s founding and managing attorney, Corey Silverstein is very excited about the law firm’s new relationship with Paxum and looks forward to continuing to provide Silverstein Legal clients with the best legal representation in the internet, website and informational technology arenas. Please visit the Our Services page to learn about all of the different areas of law that Silverstein Legal practices. Because Silverstein Legal provides legal services to so many websites and online businesses located across the globe, Paxum is just another mechanism to make obtaining website legal services more convenient for the firm’s clients. If you or your business is looking for a website attorney or website lawyer, please contact us today.