Internet Law

What exactly is internet law? Its new, but not new. It is a smorgasbord of more traditional practice areas, narrowed and updated for the next century. There is a new digital economy and digital soapbox with its own legal standards and navigating the same can be tricky for those who are unfamiliar with the “new ways” of doing things. When you have an legal issue involving the internet, it is important to ensure that you have an attorney that knows how to apply old legal principals to a brand-new world. It is just as important that your attorney understands and can make use of brand new laws made just for this field. A few examples of what constitutes the amorphous idea of internet law may be helpful.


Online Defamation

A few examples may include things such as defamation and free speech. Defamation becomes online and anonymous.  peaking out against authority becomes easier to do, being online and anonymous. Shay Phillips, Ltd. helps protect reputations and help protect privacy. Shay Phillips, Ltd. is able to help clients on both ends of the spectrum, including the painful process of either protecting anonymity, or finding out the identity of infringers.

BitTorrent v. Doe Suits

There are thousands of lawsuits filed in this country against alleged copyright infringers. Most have to do with the illegal download of films through BitTorrent. We help defend our clients and protect their anonymity. We have settled cases to litigating them in open Court. We have represented clients in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Indiana. In fact, in the Southern District of Indiana, we have secured a dismissal for our client in a Malibu Media v. Does case.


Free Speech & Social Networking

Freedom of speech is a fundamental principal of the American democracy. However, at times, our First Amendment rights bump up against boundaries. The internet, especially social networking, is a brave new world that is in the nascent stages of setting new boundaries regarding free speech. We can help you with your employees exceeding the bounds of free speech. We can also help those who have been retaliated against for exercising their rights associated with free speech.

Internet Based Businesses

People used to rent storefronts to businesses. Now the web-developing and web-hosting world creates, maintains and hosts the websites of the world.  hese sites are constitute what many think to be the new economy. Shay Phillips, Ltd. has represented many web-development companies and web-hosting companies. Issues that these clients typically have include Terms of Service (TOS) ant Terms of Use (TOU) drafting, compliance with the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act), and preventing scope creep through well drafted contracts.  We have also negotiated hosting and development contracts for clients.