A Reminder That Website Agreements Are Usually Enforceable

Long before the Internet, courts were not reluctant to enforce adhesion contracts. This willingness is one thing the Internet age has not changed.  A good reminder – and lessons for parties seeking to enforce, as well as users… Read More

Online Terms and Conditions Are Usually Enforceable

Many commercial transactions are governed by online terms and conditions provided by one party, to which another party may be bound even if provided only with a reference or link to the online terms and conditions. This truth is i… Read More

Software Licensee's Creation of Derivative Work Results in an Injunction

In case you doubted it, seemingly boilerplate provisions in software license agreements that prohibit the creation of derivative works do mean something, as exemplified in EyePartner, Inc. v. Kor Media Group LLC, No. 4:13-10072 (S… Read More

Use of Software After Expiration of License Is Copyright Infringement

A software owner was granted summary judgment of copyright infringement where its licensee had breached the applicable software license agreement, and continued to use the software after the agreement expired. Clinical Insight v.… Read More

Enforcement of a Click-wrap License Agreement

Consumers who casually, even blindly, accept “click-wrap” or “browse-wrap” license agreements will be bound by those agreements so long as the user had a reasonable opportunity to accept or reject the proffered license. A… Read More

Software Copyright Infringement Defenses: Ownership of a Copy and Implied License

A defendant accused of infringing a software copyright was, according to facts plead in the plaintiff’s complaint, an owner of a copy of the software under 17 U.S.C. § 117(a)(1). Further, the facts established that the de… Read More

Software Licenses and Allocating Risk of Data Loss

The Utah Supreme Court has held that a software vendor is not liable for any damages after its software caused a dentist to lose all of his patient data.  In Blaisdell v. Dentrix Dental Systems, Inc., No. 20100392 (Utah S. Ct. Ju… Read More

That Forum Selection Clause in Your Software License Matters

Here is a story to tell clients wondering why you are negotiating so hard over a seemingly mundane forum selection clause.  An Illinois court, swayed in part by the fact that a paper software license had also been presented in a… Read More

Defining the Scope of a Perpetual Software License

A perpetual software license entitled a licensee only to use versions of the software created before the license agreement terminated, despite the existence of an escrow agreement requiring the deposit in escrow of “all updates… Read More

Incorporation by Reference in a Clickwrap Agreement

How explicit does a click-wrap agreement have to be concerning updates and revisions that may later be incorporated into the agreement?  In Noll. v. eBay, Inc., No. 5:11-CV-04585 (N.D. Cal., April 23, 2012), the court denied eBay… Read More

Upcoming Webinar

The August webinar will feature a special guest, Stephen Dargitz, of Manion, Gaynor and Manning.  Stephen is a trial lawyer based in Wilmington Delaware, who with Thomas Bejin will discuss the impact of TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods along with partic…Register

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