Technology/Internet Law

Technology/Internet Law

Lewis Law specializes in protecting small and medium businesses on Internet law issues related to online defamation, copyright infringement, Internet and online trademark infringement, software trade secret theft, website agreements, domain name disputes and other Internet law issues. Internet law is the application of many different types of traditional law to the realm of the Internet. Attorney Megan Lewis has an education background with undergraduate and graduate degrees from Indiana University Bloomington’s School of Informatics and Computing. This background has given Megan a comprehensive understanding of computer law, software law, Internet law and technology law. Lewis Law handles cases involving the following areas:

Internet Content Licensing:

Whether you create content or distribute content created by others, you are a party to a content license. Knowing what that license should and shouldn’t say can be the difference between profits on the one hand, and losses and legal liability on the other. The key provision of any content license is the granting of rights. If you’re a content owner, we can help maximize the value of your assets by negotiating content licenses that grant only those rights that you have purchased. If you license content from others, we can help make sure you receive all the rights that your Internet business requires.

Technology & Web Services Contracts:

Technology services agreements should not be entered lightly. Every deal is different, and an analysis of the parties, contract objectives and potential future disputes are essential in order to minimize risks associated with the deal. Unwise decisions regarding choice of forum and dispute resolution can cost thousands of dollars in unexpected expenses later. More importantly, though, sloppy drafting of statements of work or provisions dealing with intellectual property rights can have devastating effects on a party in the event of a dispute.

Lewis Law’s approach to drafting technology services agreements is two-fold. First, with litigation aspects in mind, we ensure that we have created multiple layers of protection for our clients from the costs of being forced to litigate in unexpected jurisdictions or of being forced to litigate various types of so-called nuisance lawsuits. Second, we draft agreements with the goal of increasing value for our client’s projects, relating to its intellectual property rights and to revenues and profits generated from the agreements.

Internet Defamation & Speech:

There is a fine line between protected expression and actionable Internet defamation (also known as libel or, in some instances, trade libel). Lewis Law understands the difference, and what to do when it threatens the hard-earned reputation of your business. Our primary objective is getting the offending material removed from websites on which it appears, and from search engine caches. The digital age has fundamentally changed the way businesses must evaluate and protect their intellectual property interests. We recognize the importance of all phases of copyright protection, from copyright counseling to copyright applications and registrations to copyright litigation. Moreover, in the digital age, it’s too easy for a rogue employee or competitor to make illicit copies of your businesses’ most sensitive information-whether those secrets are customer lists, strategic keywords, or schematic drawings.

Cease and Desist Letters:

Drafting and responding to cease-and-desist letters are part-and-parcel of protecting our client’s intellectual property rights. For the client who is defending its intellectual property rights, a well-drafted and legally supported cease-and-desist letter may achieve protection and redress for another’s intellectual property violations without the expense of litigation.

Internet Trademark:

While cybersquatting and other deceptive uses of domain names may be the most common forms of Internet trademark infringement, they are not the only forms. Internet companies seeking an unfair advantage incorporate the trademarks of their competitors into a wide array of online materials. We can help you distinguish between fair use of your trademarks and actionable trademark infringement, and can bring the activity to a halt.

Website Agreements:

You have a legal relationship with everyone who visits your website, regardless of whether they buy anything or reveal their identity. It’s to your advantage to set the terms of that relationship with a website agreement. We can help tailor a terms and conditions agreement to your business, and to implement that website agreement in a way that maximizes its ability to protect you and your assets. Poorly drafted end-user website terms and conditions agreements can cause businesses to incur thousands of dollars in wasted legal fees. We can help you understand the legal risks specific to your business; and we can draft an end-user terms and conditions agreement designed to address those risks without inconveniencing your customers or end users.