January 13, 1998

01/13/98 RMIUG Meeting - Current Legal Issues of the Internet

Please note - RMIUG has a new location for 1998! We are going back to our original location, The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder. Our sincere thanks go to NCAR for use of their facilities.

The Tuesday, January 13th meeting of the Rocky Mountain Internet Users Group will feature a presentation called "Current Legal Issues of the Internet," a fascinating look into the new crop of legal tangles created by the Net. A panel of prominent lawyers closely involved with today's Internet cases and issues will help us sort it out. Shirley Sostre (shirley@sostre.com), of The Sostre Law Office in Boulder, will be discussing the legal implications of unsolicited email (known to netizens as "Spam") and will present examples of recent court cases. Carl Oppedahl (carl@oppedahl.com), a Summit County lawyer of Oppedahl & Larson who was written up in a recent Internet World magazine, will discuss Internet intellectual property issues, including domain name/trademark issues and meta-tag issues. Oppedahl's firm is suing an Internet Service Provider for including "Oppedahl" and "Larson," the name of his law firm, in its meta tags on their web site. Richard Macklin (rmacklin@worldnet.att.net), a Denver attorney, will discuss encryption, sales tax, pornography, copyright, and legislative initiatives such as making ISP's responsible for hosted sites. Join us for an interesting evening, and bring lots of questions (no charge ;-) for our expert panel!

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The meeting is Tuesday, January 13th from 7:00 - 9:00 pm (with optional 6:30 pm start for informal networking). The meeting will be held at The National Center for Atmospheric Research (note: new location!) at 1850 Table Mesa Drive in Boulder, which is located on the west end of Table Mesa Drive, up the hill, right under the Flatirons. For door-to-door driving direction, go to MapQuest (http://www.mapquest.com/ ), click on TripQuest, enter your starting address, NCAR's address, and voila! Park in the NCAR lot, go in the main door, and ask the guard to point you to meeting, which is held in the main auditorium, right off the lobby. The meeting is free and open to the public, but we may pass the hat to help defray expenses.

RMIUG appreciates the ongoing support from XOR Network Engineering (http://www.xor.com) for administration of RMIUG's electronic discussion lists & WWW site. Thanks also to NDA (http://www.nda.com) for sponsorship of our group, and to our former host, NIST, for letting us use their facilities.

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 rmiug@rmiug.org 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 rmiug-comm@rmiug.org. Our WWW site is at http://www.rmiug.org/

Tentative schedule of the next RMIUG meeting:

  • Mar 10: Mapping on the Internet, panel discussion, including Denver's MapQuest and other mapping/Internet companies

(To suggest a topic, send your idea to rmiug-comm@rmiug.org)

Dan Murray dan@rmiug.org

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