Weblaw Scout Blog https://blog.galkinlaw.com/weblaw-scout-blog Weblaw Scout Blog en-us Tue, 09 Jul 2019 16:52:19 GMT 2019-07-09T16:52:19Z en-us ANOTHER COURT TAKES A SHOT AT FINDING AMAZON LIABLE AS A SELLER https://blog.galkinlaw.com/weblaw-scout-blog/amazon-can-be-liable-as-a-seller-for-defective-products <p class="mentions-texteditorcontent" style="margin: 0in; margin-bottom: .0001pt; vertical-align: baseline;">Several recent suits have tried to find Amazon liable as a seller under state strict liability laws where defective products sold by third party merchants on Amazon have resulted in property damage or personal injury. So far the courts have found Amazon not liable as a seller under applicable state law and under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA).&nbsp;</p> <p></p> <p class="mentions-texteditorcontent" style="margin: 0in; margin-bottom: .0001pt; vertical-align: baseline;">Several recent suits have tried to find Amazon liable as a seller under state strict liability laws where defective products sold by third party merchants on Amazon have resulted in property damage or personal injury. So far the courts have found Amazon not liable as a seller under applicable state law and under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA).&nbsp;</p> <p></p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=2715935&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fblog.galkinlaw.com%2Fweblaw-scout-blog%2Famazon-can-be-liable-as-a-seller-for-defective-products&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fblog.galkinlaw.com%252Fweblaw-scout-blog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> internet law Internet lawyer Internet Attorney Statute of Frauds Digital Signatures Tue, 09 Jul 2019 16:37:18 GMT wgalkin@galkinlaw.com (William S. Galkin, Esq.) https://blog.galkinlaw.com/weblaw-scout-blog/amazon-can-be-liable-as-a-seller-for-defective-products 2019-07-09T16:37:18Z CREATING A BINDING CONTRACT VIA TEXT? Not so simple says NY court https://blog.galkinlaw.com/weblaw-scout-blog/creating-a-binding-contract-via-text-messaging <p>A legally binding agreement is a meeting of the minds with sufficient detail to allow for enforcement of its terms. For instance, for a sale, you need price and quantity terms agreed.</p> <p>The law views certain agreements as more significant and has added a requirement that these agreements must be evidenced by a signed writing. This requirement is known as the Statute of Frauds. Examples of these more significant agreements are transfers of land, prenuptial agreements, agreements where performance will extend more than one year, and agreements over a specified value ($500 for a sale of goods under <a href="https://blog.galkinlaw.com/weblaw-scout-blog/($500%20for%20a%20sale%20of%20goods%20under%20UCC%20Sec.%202-201">UCC Sec. 2-201</a>).</p> <p></p> <p>A legally binding agreement is a meeting of the minds with sufficient detail to allow for enforcement of its terms. For instance, for a sale, you need price and quantity terms agreed.</p> <p>The law views certain agreements as more significant and has added a requirement that these agreements must be evidenced by a signed writing. This requirement is known as the Statute of Frauds. Examples of these more significant agreements are transfers of land, prenuptial agreements, agreements where performance will extend more than one year, and agreements over a specified value ($500 for a sale of goods under <a href="https://blog.galkinlaw.com/weblaw-scout-blog/($500%20for%20a%20sale%20of%20goods%20under%20UCC%20Sec.%202-201">UCC Sec. 2-201</a>).</p> <p></p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=2715935&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fblog.galkinlaw.com%2Fweblaw-scout-blog%2Fcreating-a-binding-contract-via-text-messaging&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fblog.galkinlaw.com%252Fweblaw-scout-blog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> internet law Internet lawyer Internet Attorney Statute of Frauds Digital Signatures Mon, 08 Jul 2019 17:52:01 GMT wgalkin@galkinlaw.com (William S. Galkin, Esq.) https://blog.galkinlaw.com/weblaw-scout-blog/creating-a-binding-contract-via-text-messaging 2019-07-08T17:52:01Z FTC ACTIONS: IT’S ILLEGAL TO PROHIBIT NEGATIVE CUSTOMER REVIEWS https://blog.galkinlaw.com/weblaw-scout-blog/businesses-may-not-prohibit-negative-reviews <p>Good customer reviews are gold. Bad customer reviews are poison. The negative effect of bad customer reviews can be painful. The proper solution is to provide great products and services that garner good reviews. However, some businesses would like to not make such efforts and just use scare tactics in order to limit negative reviews. Not exactly a good business practice.</p> <p></p> <p>Good customer reviews are gold. Bad customer reviews are poison. The negative effect of bad customer reviews can be painful. The proper solution is to provide great products and services that garner good reviews. However, some businesses would like to not make such efforts and just use scare tactics in order to limit negative reviews. Not exactly a good business practice.</p> <p></p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=2715935&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fblog.galkinlaw.com%2Fweblaw-scout-blog%2Fbusinesses-may-not-prohibit-negative-reviews&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fblog.galkinlaw.com%252Fweblaw-scout-blog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> internet law Internet lawyer Internet Attorney marketing Wed, 03 Jul 2019 19:18:22 GMT wgalkin@galkinlaw.com (William S. Galkin, Esq.) https://blog.galkinlaw.com/weblaw-scout-blog/businesses-may-not-prohibit-negative-reviews 2019-07-03T19:18:22Z JULY 1ST THE CALIFORNIA BOT LAW WENT INTO EFFECT https://blog.galkinlaw.com/weblaw-scout-blog/new-california-bot-law <p>Bots, which provide automated processes, are well-known denizens of the Internet. What is not as well-known is when you are communicating with a human online or with a bot. As artificial intelligence progresses, being able to identify a bot impersonating a human will become more and more difficult. Varying the caption on the now famous <a href="https://condenaststore.com/featured/on-the-internet-peter-steiner.html">New Yorker cartoon</a> from the early Internet days: “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a bot.”</p> <p></p> <p>Bots, which provide automated processes, are well-known denizens of the Internet. What is not as well-known is when you are communicating with a human online or with a bot. As artificial intelligence progresses, being able to identify a bot impersonating a human will become more and more difficult. Varying the caption on the now famous <a href="https://condenaststore.com/featured/on-the-internet-peter-steiner.html">New Yorker cartoon</a> from the early Internet days: “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a bot.”</p> <p></p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=2715935&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fblog.galkinlaw.com%2Fweblaw-scout-blog%2Fnew-california-bot-law&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fblog.galkinlaw.com%252Fweblaw-scout-blog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> internet law Internet lawyer Internet Attorney marketing Tue, 02 Jul 2019 17:51:35 GMT wgalkin@galkinlaw.com (William S. Galkin, Esq.) https://blog.galkinlaw.com/weblaw-scout-blog/new-california-bot-law 2019-07-02T17:51:35Z 10 KEY ISSUES TO CONSIDER BEFORE LAUNCHING YOUR APP https://blog.galkinlaw.com/weblaw-scout-blog/legal-issues-before-launching-app <p>All of the below issues should be considered and worked out early on. Sometimes, in the frenzy and thrill of developing a new business, it’s easy to overlook the “housekeeping” issues. However, dealing with these issues farther down the road might become a major headache.</p> <p></p> <p>All of the below issues should be considered and worked out early on. Sometimes, in the frenzy and thrill of developing a new business, it’s easy to overlook the “housekeeping” issues. However, dealing with these issues farther down the road might become a major headache.</p> <p></p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=2715935&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fblog.galkinlaw.com%2Fweblaw-scout-blog%2Flegal-issues-before-launching-app&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fblog.galkinlaw.com%252Fweblaw-scout-blog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> internet law Internet lawyer Internet Attorney intellectual property software license app development Tue, 21 May 2019 17:24:05 GMT wgalkin@galkinlaw.com (William S. Galkin, Esq.) https://blog.galkinlaw.com/weblaw-scout-blog/legal-issues-before-launching-app 2019-05-21T17:24:05Z CUSTOMER REVIEWS: Staying on the Right Side of Legal https://blog.galkinlaw.com/weblaw-scout-blog/customer-reviews <p>A key focus of e-commerce marketing focuses on customer reviews. Customer reviews might be the single most important factor considered by consumers when evaluating purchase options. Positive customer reviews can translate into big bucks. And negative customer reviews can seriously damage a business.</p> <p>One of my client’s competitors created a page comparing customer reviews of the 10 top apps in its niche from the Apple Store and Google Play Store. The competitor is on top – and to a consumer – this is a compelling presentation.</p> <p>What if positive reviews don’t start coming in, or don’t come in quickly enough? As the pressure to increase sales increases, the temptation to possibly manipulate the reviews also increases.</p> <p></p> <p>A key focus of e-commerce marketing focuses on customer reviews. Customer reviews might be the single most important factor considered by consumers when evaluating purchase options. Positive customer reviews can translate into big bucks. And negative customer reviews can seriously damage a business.</p> <p>One of my client’s competitors created a page comparing customer reviews of the 10 top apps in its niche from the Apple Store and Google Play Store. The competitor is on top – and to a consumer – this is a compelling presentation.</p> <p>What if positive reviews don’t start coming in, or don’t come in quickly enough? As the pressure to increase sales increases, the temptation to possibly manipulate the reviews also increases.</p> <p></p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=2715935&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fblog.galkinlaw.com%2Fweblaw-scout-blog%2Fcustomer-reviews&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fblog.galkinlaw.com%252Fweblaw-scout-blog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Internet lawyer Internet Attorney Federal Trade Commission deceptive advertising advertising customer reviews Tue, 14 May 2019 15:41:51 GMT wgalkin@galkinlaw.com (William S. Galkin, Esq.) https://blog.galkinlaw.com/weblaw-scout-blog/customer-reviews 2019-05-14T15:41:51Z OFFICE DEPOT AND BREACH OF THE PUBLIC TRUST https://blog.galkinlaw.com/weblaw-scout-blog/office-depot-diagnostics-scam <p>A scam requires victims who trust in the basic honesty of others. The more trustworthy the perpetrator appears, the larger is the pool of potential victims.</p> <p>Following are the unbelievably contemptible facts alleged in the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) <a href="https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/cases/office_depot_complaint_3-27-19.pdf">Complaint</a> filed against the Office Depot and Support.com on March 27, 2019. Settlements were executed on March 29, 2019, whereby Office Depot agreed to pay <a href="https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/cases/office_depot_stipulated_order_3-29-19.pdf">$25 million</a> and Support.com&nbsp; <a href="https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/cases/office_depot_-_support.com_stipulated_order_3-29-19.pdf">$10 million</a> to settle the allegations. Per the settlement terms, neither party admits nor denies the allegations.</p> <p></p> <p>A scam requires victims who trust in the basic honesty of others. The more trustworthy the perpetrator appears, the larger is the pool of potential victims.</p> <p>Following are the unbelievably contemptible facts alleged in the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) <a href="https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/cases/office_depot_complaint_3-27-19.pdf">Complaint</a> filed against the Office Depot and Support.com on March 27, 2019. Settlements were executed on March 29, 2019, whereby Office Depot agreed to pay <a href="https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/cases/office_depot_stipulated_order_3-29-19.pdf">$25 million</a> and Support.com&nbsp; <a href="https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/cases/office_depot_-_support.com_stipulated_order_3-29-19.pdf">$10 million</a> to settle the allegations. Per the settlement terms, neither party admits nor denies the allegations.</p> <p></p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=2715935&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fblog.galkinlaw.com%2Fweblaw-scout-blog%2Foffice-depot-diagnostics-scam&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fblog.galkinlaw.com%252Fweblaw-scout-blog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Internet lawyer Internet Attorney securities fraud scams office depot Mon, 06 May 2019 18:00:38 GMT wgalkin@galkinlaw.com (William S. Galkin, Esq.) https://blog.galkinlaw.com/weblaw-scout-blog/office-depot-diagnostics-scam 2019-05-06T18:00:38Z THE LOWDOWN ON ELON MUSK’S EXPLOSIVE TWEET – A CRIME? https://blog.galkinlaw.com/weblaw-scout-blog/statue-of-liberty-replica-infringement-0 <p>On August 7<sup>th</sup> at 12:48pm, Elon Musk tweets: “Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured.” Tesla is the highest valued car company in the U.S. If the tweet is true, this would be one of the largest privatizations in U.S. corporate history.</p> <p></p> <p>On August 7<sup>th</sup> at 12:48pm, Elon Musk tweets: “Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured.” Tesla is the highest valued car company in the U.S. If the tweet is true, this would be one of the largest privatizations in U.S. corporate history.</p> <p></p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=2715935&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fblog.galkinlaw.com%2Fweblaw-scout-blog%2Fstatue-of-liberty-replica-infringement-0&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fblog.galkinlaw.com%252Fweblaw-scout-blog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Internet lawyer Internet Attorney securities fraud share price manipulation Thu, 09 Aug 2018 15:46:40 GMT wgalkin@galkinlaw.com (William S. Galkin, Esq.) https://blog.galkinlaw.com/weblaw-scout-blog/statue-of-liberty-replica-infringement-0 2018-08-09T15:46:40Z HOW THE STATUE OF LIBERTY COMBINED WITH COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT BRINGS GREAT PROSPERITY https://blog.galkinlaw.com/weblaw-scout-blog/statue-of-liberty-replica-infringement <p>Even on the surface, this is a remarkable case, just decided at the end of June. <a href="https://ecf.cofc.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/show_public_doc?2013cv0942-136-0">Davidson v The United States</a> (U.S. Court of Federal Claims,&nbsp;No.&nbsp;13-942C, 6/29/18)</p> <p><span style="color: #ff0201;"><strong>The Facts:</strong></span></p> <p>A sculptor is hired to create a Statue of Liberty replica for the New York New York Hotel &amp; Casino in Las Vegas. The sculptor’s net profit from the project was $233,000. The U.S. Postal Service obtains a photo of the replica and mistakenly believes it’s the real Lady Liberty located in New York Harbor and produces a Forever Stamp using the photo. The sculptor sues the U.S. Postal Service for copyright infringement and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims awards the sculptor $3,554,946.</p> <p><strong>Quite a win – even by Las Vegas standards.</strong></p> <p></p> <p>Even on the surface, this is a remarkable case, just decided at the end of June. <a href="https://ecf.cofc.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/show_public_doc?2013cv0942-136-0">Davidson v The United States</a> (U.S. Court of Federal Claims,&nbsp;No.&nbsp;13-942C, 6/29/18)</p> <p><span style="color: #ff0201;"><strong>The Facts:</strong></span></p> <p>A sculptor is hired to create a Statue of Liberty replica for the New York New York Hotel &amp; Casino in Las Vegas. The sculptor’s net profit from the project was $233,000. The U.S. Postal Service obtains a photo of the replica and mistakenly believes it’s the real Lady Liberty located in New York Harbor and produces a Forever Stamp using the photo. The sculptor sues the U.S. Postal Service for copyright infringement and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims awards the sculptor $3,554,946.</p> <p><strong>Quite a win – even by Las Vegas standards.</strong></p> <p></p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=2715935&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fblog.galkinlaw.com%2Fweblaw-scout-blog%2Fstatue-of-liberty-replica-infringement&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fblog.galkinlaw.com%252Fweblaw-scout-blog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Internet lawyer Internet Attorney Copyright Infringement fair use statue of liberty Wed, 08 Aug 2018 18:42:52 GMT wgalkin@galkinlaw.com (William S. Galkin, Esq.) https://blog.galkinlaw.com/weblaw-scout-blog/statue-of-liberty-replica-infringement 2018-08-08T18:42:52Z THE FUTURE OF AI FACIAL RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY = REGULATION https://blog.galkinlaw.com/weblaw-scout-blog/regulations-for-facial-recognition-software <p>High tech leaders traditionally vigorously lobby for limited government regulation of technology and instead promote the benefits of self-regulation.</p> <p>However, in an unusual turn of events, Microsoft president Brad Smith wrote a lengthy <a href="https://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2018/07/13/facial-recognition-technology-the-need-for-public-regulation-and-corporate-responsibility/">blog post</a> on July 13th urging Congress to implement regulations for artificial intelligence (AI) powered facial recognition software. Why?</p> <p>One reason might be that Microsoft was recently broadly criticized for its contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) during the recent controversial process of separating of illegal immigrant parents from their children at the border. According to Microsoft, the technology underlying their contract with ICE played no direct role in assisting with the separations. Specifically, in response to online accusations, Microsoft denied that its facial recognition software was used by ICE.</p> <p></p> <p>High tech leaders traditionally vigorously lobby for limited government regulation of technology and instead promote the benefits of self-regulation.</p> <p>However, in an unusual turn of events, Microsoft president Brad Smith wrote a lengthy <a href="https://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2018/07/13/facial-recognition-technology-the-need-for-public-regulation-and-corporate-responsibility/">blog post</a> on July 13th urging Congress to implement regulations for artificial intelligence (AI) powered facial recognition software. Why?</p> <p>One reason might be that Microsoft was recently broadly criticized for its contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) during the recent controversial process of separating of illegal immigrant parents from their children at the border. According to Microsoft, the technology underlying their contract with ICE played no direct role in assisting with the separations. Specifically, in response to online accusations, Microsoft denied that its facial recognition software was used by ICE.</p> <p></p> <img src="https://track.hubspot.com/__ptq.gif?a=2715935&amp;k=14&amp;r=https%3A%2F%2Fblog.galkinlaw.com%2Fweblaw-scout-blog%2Fregulations-for-facial-recognition-software&amp;bu=https%253A%252F%252Fblog.galkinlaw.com%252Fweblaw-scout-blog&amp;bvt=rss" alt="" width="1" height="1" style="min-height:1px!important;width:1px!important;border-width:0!important;margin-top:0!important;margin-bottom:0!important;margin-right:0!important;margin-left:0!important;padding-top:0!important;padding-bottom:0!important;padding-right:0!important;padding-left:0!important; "> Internet lawyer privacy Internet Attorney facial recognition Amazon Rekognition Wed, 01 Aug 2018 17:31:56 GMT wgalkin@galkinlaw.com (William S. Galkin, Esq.) https://blog.galkinlaw.com/weblaw-scout-blog/regulations-for-facial-recognition-software 2018-08-01T17:31:56Z