QuickLinks - Electronic commerce
Issue no. 204 - 27 July 2001
- EU - Commercial Communications - Commission decides to refer France to the Court of Justice
The European Commission has decided to refer France to the European Court of Justice concerning restrictions preventing the cross-border provision of television broadcasting services, cross-border sports sponsorship and advertising services by producers of alcoholic beverages.
- USA - New push to ban online gambling
Members of Congress for the fourth time are preparing an assault on Internet gambling, even as Nevada considers becoming the first state to approve it. This time, lawmakers plan to combine two approaches: banning Internet gambling outright and blocking the use of credit cards for online wagering.
Issue no. 203 - 19 July 2001
- U.S. Companies Profit From Surge in Internet Gambling
(New York Times)
While it is illegal to offer wagers over the Internet in most states, a growing number of American companies are profiting from a boom in online gambling and from business relationships with virtual casinos based overseas whose games can be played here.In the process, software makers, media companies and Internet services working with overseas casinos may themselves be running afoul of the law.
- UK paves the way for online gaming
(Revolution UK Online)
The Department for Culture Media and Sport’s Gambling Review Body has recommended that online gaming should now be permitted in the UK. Up to now it has been illegal to set up online casino, bingo and machine gaming sites in Great Britain.
Issue no. 202 - 5 July 2001
Issue no. 200 - 14 June 2001
Issue no. 199 - 4 June 2001
Issue no. 198 - 28 May 2001
- Nevada Pushes Toward Online Bets
A bill that would put Nevada on a fast track to become the first state with legalized Internet gambling has passed through one of the state's two legislative chambers and will come up for a vote in the other chamber later this week.
Issue no. 197 - 21 May 2001
Issue no. 195 - 8 May 2001
- 2nd European Summer School
Palma de Mallorca, 10th - 14thSeptember 2001. 2nd European Summer School designed for advanced students, postgraduates, lawyers and company members on Legal Aspects of E-Commerce. 2nd Generation Issues: Smart Cards, Convergence between Telecoms and Internet: m-commmerce and t-commerce, Electronic Agents, Digital Rights Management, Alternative Ways of Internet Regulation.
- Dreams of a cashless society
It remains a challenge to connect futuristic payment methods to a 14th-century banking system
Issue no. 193 - 3 April 2001
- Australian Government Set To Ban Net Gambling Services
The Australian Federal Government has decided to introduce legislation that will seek to prohibit Australian companies from offering online gambling and sports betting to any person located within Australia.
- Electronic Commerce
United Nations Commission on International Trade Law Working Group on Electronic Commerce. Background documents regarding the UNCITRAL Model Law on Electronic Commerce
- Record labels subscribe to online music deal
RealNetworks has formed a pact with AOL Time Warner, Bertelsmann and EMI Group to create a company that will develop an online music subscription service dubbed MusicNet. Although the agreement signals a significant step in the union of major record labels and technology companies, details of the new service remain murky. Questions persist over the type of technology that will be used in the service and whether consumers will adapt to the digital rights restrictions that will encircle every song. see Press Release (Bertelsmann).
Issue no. 191 - 19 March 2001
- GoDigital Initiative: Commission urges SMEs to go on-line
Maximising the impact of measures aimed at helping small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to make the most of electronic business opportunities is the key aim of a new European Commission Communication, GoDigital. This Communication is part of the wider eEurope Action Plan that will be one of the main items on the agenda of the forthcoming European Council in Stockholm.
- Internet öffnet legal Türen zu Spielhöllen
Das Internet macht die Durchsetzung des allgemeinen Glücksspielverbots in Deutschland immer schwerer.
Issue no. 190 - 12 March 2001
- Law Agents Raids Internet Pharmacy
Federal and state agents shut down a pharmacy suspected of illegally selling large quantities of controlled drugs over the Internet.
- It Just Got Harder For Air-Ticket Sites
Northwest Airlines and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines are scrapping commissions paid to online travel agents such as Travelocity and Expedia. Those commissions amounted to 5% of the ticket price, with a $10 per ticket maximum.
Issue no. 189 - 5 March 2001
- EU admits e-commerce initiative is failing
In a remarkably downbeat speech to an e-economy conference in Brussels, the commissioner for consumer policy, David Byrne, said that "the reality, as opposed to the rhetoric, of business-to-consumer [B2C] electronic commerce is, to put it mildly, disappointing."
- Group issues standards for bigger Web ads
The Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) is issuing voluntary standards for seven new ad units, mostly offering advertisers more real estate to promote their wares on Web sites. Specifically, the new units--measured in pixels--include a skyscraper (120 x 600), a wide skyscraper (160 x 600), a large rectangle (336 x 280) and a pop-up ad (250 x 250).
Issue no. 188 - 24 February 2001
Issue no. 187 - 17 February 2001
Issue no. 186 - 3 February 2001
- Consumers Remain Confident in Online Auctions
A survey commissioned by the National Consumers League found that nearly one-third of online Americans have participated in Internet auctions, but 41 percent of buyers reported having a problem at one time or another, such as late delivery of goods or merchandise that never arrived
- Denmark 'best for e-business'
Denmark has received a significant boost in its efforts to attract new investment from a study which concludes that Copenhagen is the most favourable place in northern Europe to establish an e-business centre.
- eBay cracks down on spam and e-mail access
eBay plans to block members from being able to look up each other's e-mail addresses on the site, making it harder to spam members - and also harder for people to cut the online auction house out of a deal.
- Napster fees on the way
Bertelsmann, the German media group, plans to launch Napster, the online song-swapping service, as a legitimate subscription business as early as this summer.
- We have lift-off
Despite the dot.com crash, despite the job cuts announced this week by Amazon.com, the leading online retailers are big successful businesses. But the path they are following is not the one they first thought of.
Issue no. 185 - 27 January 2001
Issue no. 184 - 20 January 2001
- Online Dispute Resolution
(ABA press release)
The American Bar Association Task Force on E-Commerce and ADR will hold open meetings to solicit public comment on issues surrounding resolution of online disputes on Jan. 27 at Fordham University Law School in New York, and Feb. 17 at the Wyndham Emerald Plaza in San Diego. The Task Force is charged with drafting workable guidelines and standards that can be used by parties to online transactions and online dispute resolution providers. see also UW to lead way toward protecting consumers on the Internet (UW Press release).
- Switzerland - drafts on electronic signature and electronic commerce
(Fridolin M.R. Walther)
Der schweizerische Bundesrat hat folgende Gesetzvorentwürfe in das öffentliche Konsultationsverfahren (sog. Vernehmlassungsverfahren) geschickt:
- Bundesgesetz über die elektronische Signatur (BGES) Entwurf | Begleitbericht
- Bundesgesetz über den elektronischen Geschäftsverkehr (Teilrevisionen des Obligationenrechts und des Bundesgesetzes über den unlauteren Wettbewerb) - Entwurf | Begleitbericht
Issue no. 183 - 14 January 2001
- Consensus reached on how to tax e-commerce
The world's industrialised economies have reached a landmark agreement that defines for the first time how they should tax business conducted through internet servers and websites. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) committee on fiscal affairs decided that doing business through a website would not leave a company liable to taxation in the country from which the website had been accessed. see also Editorial comment: Cybertaxes and Clarification on the Application of the Permanent Establishment Definition in Electronic Commerce (OECD).
- Authors criticize Amazon's used book sales
When Amazon.com added a feature that allows people to shop for used books, the online retail giant thought it was giving its millions of customers a chance to save money. But the feature has come under fire from writers and publishers groups, which say it is an "aggressive" tactic that threatens to eat into sales of new books and take royalty money out of the pockets of their members.
- Free Links, Only $50 Apiece
News sites are turning to a novel way to make some extra cash: requiring fees for links. The Albuquerque Journal charges $50 for the right to link to each of its articles.
- The Net's big porn secret
It's the industry's dirty little secret, but online porn has turned out to be a blessing for many of the biggest brands on the Internet.
- UK - Freeserve to form web lottery
Freeserve became the first big winner of the UK Lottery Commission's decision to award its national franchise to Camelot instead of Sir Richard Branson's People's Lottery, when the UK's biggest internet service provider was given the right to sell lottery tickets online and develop a lottery website.
Issue no. 182 - 20 December 2000
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