What's Hot: The law governing the computer and Internet industries is changing rapidly. No one source can provide comprehensive information on every change as it occurs. This section of BitLaw outlines the major developments in the law, and provides links to other sites that provide more comprehensive information.
Ticketmaster has sued Microsoft, arguing that the links from Microsoft's Seattle Sidewalk site to the Ticketmaster Online web site dilute its trademarks.
The American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Civil Liberties Union argued for a preliminary injunction against the state of New York in Federal Court. The ACLU is attempting to prevent enforcement of a N.Y. version of the Communications Decency Act.
Officials in Munich, Germany have brought a criminal action against a Compuserve executive based upon the availability of sex related newsgroup to German citizens through the Compuserve service.
The ACLU and other plaintiffs successfully challenged the constitutionality of the Communications Decency Act in a Pennsylvania court in June 1996. The government has appealed the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In a law suit that could limit the ways in which "frames" can be used on the Internet, various news organizations have sued Total News over the use of frames on the www.totalnews.com web site.
A bill has been introduced in the Texas state legislature that, if enacted, will require Internet Service Providers to make so-called "blocking software" available to their subscribers for free.
An international coalition has proposed adding seven new top level domains to the current top level domains (.COM, .ORG, .NET). This proposal will effect domain name registration and domain name disputes.
A federal judge has ruled that the University of Oklahoma's policy of providing two independent internet servers, and restricting access and certain content as to one of them, does not violate the First Amendment.