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Issue no. 165 - 22 July 2000
- Germany - LetsBuyIt.com faces legal woes
LetsBuyIt.comís German subsidiary may soon receive a temporary injunction ordering it to change its pricing model because it violates German discount and competition laws. LetsBuyIt.com lets consumers who register on its site pool purchases to achieve discounts on products. The more people who sign up for a particular product, the greater the discount.
- USA - Groups Sue Arizona Over Online Car Sales
(The Industry Standard)
Two trade associations representing automakers have filed a lawsuit in federal court against the state of Arizona in an effort to block a new law that prohibits car manufacturers from selling directly to consumers via the internet.
- USA - House Defeats a Proposal To Ban Internet Gambling
(New York Times)
In a defeat for horse-racing interests and the casino industry, the House failed to approve a bill to ban most forms of gambling on the Internet.
- France - Les toubibs de permanence sur la Toile
Le conseil national de l'ordre des médecins devrait basculer en ligne aujourd'hui un fichier de plus de 190 000 praticiens français. Le fichier ne donne pour l'heure que les noms, adresses et qualifications de base. Lors de la consultation du fichier, par département ou par spécialité, un moteur de recherches renvoie une liste aléatoire d'une cinquantaine de médecins. Rapidement, les diplômes interuniversitaires, plans d'accès, horaires et numéros de téléphone seront ajoutés.
Issue no. 164 - 15 July 2000
Issue no. 163 - 9 July 2000
- Study into interactive gambling ban
A study into the feasibility and consequences of banning interactive gambling was announced by the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Richard Alston.
Issue no. 162 - 2 July 2000
- Australian Government Seeks To Ban Net Gambling
The Australian Federal Government will introduce legislation that aims to force the states and territories to refrain from issuing any licenses for interactive or Internet gambling services, in spite of criticism from the Internet industry and opposition from most state governments.
- Global Networks/Local Rules - Doing Business over a Borderless Medium
(Internet Law and Policy Forum)
11 - 12 September 2000, San Francisco, California. Governments around the world now plan new legal rules for cross border e business. The Internet Law and Policy Forum's international conference, its second on jurisdiction over cross border electronic commerce and communications, will provide an advanced overview, detailed expert analysis, and practical advice on the legal rules which govern a government's authority to enforce its rules outside its borders.
- Rechtsfragen des Electronic Commerce
5. Außenwirtschaftsrechtstag am 21. und 22. September 2000 in Münster.
- USA - Online gaming ban questioned
Many religious groups and federal agencies who oppose internet casinos have lost faith with a measure to ban online gambling.
- Visa shift to cut costs for e-traders
Visa is planning radical changes to its business rules that will mean online merchants will no longer have to carry the cost of fraudulent transactions. Visa will shift responsibility for authenticating online shoppers from merchants to the credit card issuers.
Issue no. 161 - 25 June 2000
Issue no. 160 - 17 June 2000
- Six banks urge EU to regulate Internet banking
Deutsche Bank, Fortis, Barclays, Bank Austria, ABN Amro and BBVA have urged the EU's finance & economy ministers to regulate Internet banking in the EU.
- Reel.com Closes Net Video Store
(The Industry Standard)
Online retailing pioneer Reel.com is shutting down its e-commerce operations and laying off about 200 employees, marking one of the first high-profile failures of the once-highly touted click-and-mortar model of internet retailing.
- U.K. Supermarket Abandons Online Shopping
(The Industry Standard)
U.K. supermarket chain Somerfield will cease operation of 24-7, its internet home shopping business.
Issue no. 159 - 11 June 2000
Issue no. 158 - 4 June 2000
- In Online Auctions, Rings of Bidders
(New York Times)
A close analysis of eBay art auctions reveals that the flourishing cyberauction world faces the prospect of rings of shill bidders, acting as partners.
- New Zealand: Modify Site, or No Cigar
A cigar supplier in New Zealand's largest city is crying foul after being told by New Zealand's Ministry of Health that his websitecould breach the country's law against tobacco advertising and to block his site to the country's customers or risk being fined.
- EU utilities plan giant procurement web
Twelve of Europe's power utilities are to set up one of Europe's largest online procurement exchanges doing business worth at least 22 billion euros a year.
Issue no. 156 - 20 May 2000
- Australia's capital snubs govt on Internet gaming
Australia's national capital defied the federal government's plans for an Internet gambling moratorium by issuing two new licences and continuing to process other applications.
- Indian lower house passes IT bill
India's lower house of parliament passed a long-awaited information technology bill aimed at providing a legal framework for electronic commerce and facilitating digital signatures. see also India drops controversial change to IT bill (Reuters). The Indian government has dropped a proposed amendment that would have required compulsory monitoring of cybercafe users by proprietors.
Issue no. 155 - 14 May 2000
- EU - Eighteen months 'too late' for ecommerce laws
Spanish MEP Ana Palacio has called on European governments to act fast to implement the new Ecommerce Directive voted by the European Parliament. Member States technically have 18 months to bring their national laws into compliance with the European Directive.
Issue no. 154 - 7 May 2000
- European Parliament passes the Ecommerce Directive
The EU Ecommerce Directive was passed by the European Parliament, and member states have just 18 months to implement the new law. The directive establishes the "country of origin" principle, which frees Web traders from the need to comply with the national laws of 15 member states. Now online business will be governed only by the national law of the Web trader's home state. see also Electronic commerce: Commission welcomes final adoption of legal framework Directive (RAPID).
- French courts curb web auctions
French buyers have been barred by a Paris court from taking part in online auctions unless they use a state-approved auctioneer and pay French value added tax. The court ruled the state-controlled monopoly of the auctioneering profession should apply to online sales accessible in France.
- Labels Subscribe to Net Selling
Sony Music and Universal Music have joined forces to launch a subscription-based digital music service, which experts say could be the next big trend in distributing music on the Web. Making a similar announcement was music downloading company MP3.com, which said it had launched a classical music subscription service.
- USA - Two states OK e-commerce standards bill
A hotly contested bill aimed at unifying e-commerce standards across the country gained some momentum recently as two states adopted it. The legal body that drafted the Uniform Computer and Information Transaction Act (UCITA) will push for approval in several other states during the next few months. Virginia and Maryland were the states to adopt the bill, and Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois and Oklahoma have introduced it in their legislatures. Glendening Signs Measures Boosting Internet Commerce (Washington Post) and scorecard for the progression of UCITA through the states .
Issue no. 152 - 15 April 2000
- E-minister asks for industry advice on online trade laws
UK e-minister Patricia Hewitt is expected to call for industry consultation over the European Union's controversial plans for online trading laws. At the centre of the debate is whether disputes over materials bought on the Internet should be settled in the consumer's country of origin or in that of the merchant.
- Meeting on Internet shopping at EP
The next meeting of the European Parliamentarians' Internet Group will be held on Wednesday, 3 May Room 4B01 European Parliament, Brussels 1.30 - 3.00. the theme is "Why You Should Shop on the Internet"
- E-Tailing: Doom or Huge Boom?
The combination of weak financial structure, mounting competitive pressures, and investor flight will drive most Web retailers out of business by 2001, Forrester Research said in a report.
- VW goes it alone in online marketplace
Volkswagen, Europe's largest carmaker and known for its fierce independence, created a potential rift in the global automotive industry when it said it would form its own online market place for procurement.
Issue no. 151 - 8 April 2000
- Internet Gambling Prohibition Bill Passed
The House Judiciary Committee approved legislation to outlaw most forms of Internet gambling, including in the bill an amendment that would prohibit states from conducting lotteries online. The bill also contains liability provisions for ISPs. The Senate passed a somewhat different Internet gambling ban at the end of 1999, which must now be reconciled with the House version in conference committee.
- USA - N.J. Sues to Stop Online Pharmacy Sales
The State of New Jersey has filed a civil suit against eight out-of-state "cyber drugstores," accused of selling popular prescriptions drugs - such as Viagra and the hair growth drug Propecia - without disclosing to buyers that they did not have a license to practice in the state.
- Visa et MasterCard ramènent les sites pornos sur Terre
Les ennemis de la porno en ligne ont deux nouveaux alliés: Visa et MasterCard. Beaucoup d'entreprises de pornographie sur Internet risquent de ne pas survivre à de nouvelles conditions plus strictes imposées par les deux géants des cartes de crédit.
Issue no. 150 - 2 April 2000
- China Bans Online Sale of Videos
In its latest effort to impose control over freewheeling electronic commerce, China has announced rules banning online sales of imported music and videos and excluding foreign invested Internet companies from selling any audiovisual products.
New websites pop up all the time promising sound, expert advice on all things medical.
- Auctions Creep Into All Kinds of Sites
(New York Times)
It's not just eBay and other sites like Yahoo and Amazon.com that are running auctions anymore. With the J. C. Penney Company's announcement in January that it will begin auctioning close-out goods and excess inventory online this spring, it looks as if major retailers are deciding to adopt the auction format as part of their e-commerce strategies.
Issue no. 149 - 26 March 2000
Issue no. 148 - 18 March 2000
Issue no. 147 - 11 March 2000
- Eurobet launches UK service
Eurobet, the online gambling company owned by Coral, the UK's third largest bookmaker, launched its UK service and announced deals with Manchester United and the Arrows Formula One team.
- UK viewers buying online
Online shopping is taking off more quickly through the television set than the PC.
- Uniform payment system urged
The Clinton administration called for the introduction of a uniform system for business-to-business and retail electronic payments over the internet.
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