The Internet drives the modern economy.  According to a 2015 study, 64% of all in-store sales, or sales to the tune of $2.2 trillion, were influenced by the Internet.  Provided the importance of the Internet, it is critical that businesses across the American economy maintain an online presence.  In the course of maintaining a website, a business may encounter legal issues, such as domain name disputes or claims for copyright infringement under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”).  Meyerson, Fox, Mancinelli & Conte, P.A. is on the cutting edge of these issues, counseling all types of businesses, from Internet startups to local retailers, with regard to Internet matters.

In addition to representing businesses after a legal issue arises, our attorneys proactively work with businesses to ensure that their websites are compliant with various federal and state laws, such as the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (“COPPA”).  When it comes to a website, a business must be concerned about the law of all states in which the company targets customers.  California law, for example, requires websites that collect personal information from California residents to maintain and post a privacy policy.  Accordingly, a New Jersey e-commerce retailer doing business in California could be subject to California’s law, which provides for a privacy right of action and regulatory fines for violations.

Domain names and websites are assets that can be bought, sold and licensed.  Our Internet law attorneys also handle transactional matters that have an Internet component, such as the purchase or sale of domain names and the drafting of terms of service agreements and privacy notices.  We also prepare and review website development agreements, joint venture agreements and other licensing agreements.

In the Internet age, it is critical for a business to have attorneys who understand the unique legal issues encountered when operating a website.  If your business has an Internet related matter, contact one our attorneys today.