Internet Law

Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, PLC lawyers combine technical backgrounds in data communications with expertise in telecommunications law and intellectual property to address current Internet issues and anticipate future ones. We represent clients on regulatory matters such as licensing, spectrum leases, and FCC equipment authorizations for wireless network facilities. We negotiate licenses with software developers, website developers, and website hosting companies. We advise broadband service providers on emerging network neutrality and VoIP issues. We assist clients in the acquisition of broadband network services and data center operations.

Our attorneys have experience advocating before domestic and international organizations, including the United States Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the National Telecommunications Infrastructure Association, and the International Telecommunications Union on legislative and policy issues as to both technology and content related issues.

We also assist clients on specific content issues, both to protect and maximize the value of their intellectual property and other content, and to avoid infringements of others’ rights. Work in this area includes:

  • assisting broadcasters and Internet-only radio stations in complying with the required royalty fee payments and recordkeeping imposed by the statutory license applicable to webcasting in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and in dealing with ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC for performance of musical works
  • reviewing Internet content and website structure for possible defamation, copyright, trademark, and other issues, including the special problems relating to social media, blogs, and public discussion areas, while also drafting disclaimers that take full advantage of Section 230 (Communications Decency Act), and use language required to immunize the site from copyright infringement concerns via Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act
  • drafting privacy policies that impart general protection from liability, and specifically protect against liability imposed under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act
  • filing copyright and trademark applications, including all necessary search and review for possible conflicts prior to filing to protect intellectual property interests, and working with the client to create a plan for enforcement of these rights
  • assisting clients with the development of mobile applications
  • negotiation and litigation of cybersquatting disputes under the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act and ICANN Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Procedure for both plaintiffs (trademark holders) and defendants (domain name registrants with a legitimate right to the name).

Consult our lawyers in this area:

Robert J. Butler Frank R. Jazzo
Anne Goodwin Crump Scott Johnson
Thomas J. Dougherty, Jr. Francisco R. Montero
Donald Evans Davina S. Sashkin
Robert J. Schill Kevin Goldberg
Kathy Kleiman Cheng Liu
Kathleen Victory