05/14/96 RMIUG Meeting
- Legal Aspects of the Internet
The Tuesday, May 14th meeting of the Rocky
Mountain Internet Users Group (RMIUG) will
feature a panel of three lawyers who will
discuss selected legal aspects of the Internet.
Each panelist will talk for 15-20 minutes
on a particular topic that interests him,
and then we'll have a Q&A so the audience
can ask about these and any other questions
about legal aspects of the Internet. Our
Les Berkowitz (firstname.lastname@example.org) has
practiced law for 23 years, 15 of which
has been representing companies regarding
technology issues. He has chaired the Legal
Panel for the World Congress on Expert Software
Systems and written numerous articles. Les
chairs the Internet Committee of the Technology
Law Committee of the Colorado Bar Association
and is a member of Mayor Webb's Telecommunication
Advisory Committee. He will discuss how
to avoid liability for what you and others
do on the Internet.
Paul Lewis (email@example.com)
has a broad-ranging litigation and transaction
practice which emphasizes technology issues.
He has been a self-described "hopeless computer
geek" since the TRS-80 days and an Internet
junkie before anyone had heard of the World
Wide Web. He is a frequent lecturer and
writer on the Internet and legal issues
on the net. Presently he is co-authoring
a book on Internet legal issues scheduled
for publication by Prentice-Hall later this
year. Paul will be discussing how and why
to protect your domain name, the screwy
InterNIC domain name rules, and why you
need to register your trademarks in Tunisia.
Peter Edwards (firstname.lastname@example.org)
has been practicing advertising and telecommunications
law for 20 years. During that time, he has
represented everyone from the solo photographer
(as regional counsel for the American Society
of Media Photographers) to Jones Intercable
to the CBS Television Network and 60 Minutes.
He has been a board member of Jones Intercable
and currently sits on the board of KBDI
TV Channel 12. He is an ardent believer
in First Amendment principles and wants
to do everything he can to keep the Internet
as free and as open a forum as the steps
of the capitol. Somewhat ironically, he
recently successfully defended KBDI television
against a claim that they violated the first
amendment rights of a producer when they
refused to broadcast a program because of
its obscene subject matter. Peter will be
talking about the so-called "Communications
Decency Act" which passed in February and
other obscenity, decency and pornography
issues on the Internet.
The meeting is Tuesday, May 14th, from
7:00 - 9:00 pm (with optional 6:30 pm start
for informal networking and refreshments).
The meeting will be held at the Department
of Commerce (NIST) Building at 325 Broadway
in Boulder, one traffic light South of Baseline.
This facility holds 510 people. Park in
the Dept. of Commerce lot, go in the main
door (faces East), and find the main auditorium
just to the right of the main entrance.
The meeting is free and open to the public,
but we will be passing the hat to defray
the room rental charge we incur.
RMIUG appreciates the ongoing support
from Internet One of Boulder for sponsoring
refreshments and XOR Network Engineering
for administration of RMIUG's electronic
discussion lists & WWW site.
Consultants and companies are invited
to bring Internet-related product information,
brochures, and business cards which will
be displayed on an information table.
There is an email mailing list set up
for this group. General information can
be obtained by sending an Email to email@example.com
which will generate an auto-reply message
that tells you about the lists and how to
subscribe. You can also reach the RMIUG
"Executive" Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our WWW site is at http://www.rmiug.org/rmiug/
has an excellent discussion on Domain Name
issues ... highly recommended reading as
a primer for this meeting.