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Gucci Case Spells Trouble for ISPs

The fashion empire is hauling Mindspring into court for copyright infringement. ISPs beware. If the enervated economy and crumbling stock market haven’t already cast enough uncertainty on the Internet service provider industry, a recent lawsuit might tip it over the edge. The case involves the Gucci fashion empire vs. Hall & Associates (owners of, a jewelry e-commerce site) and Mindspring (an ISP now owned by EarthLink). Gucci claimed in federal court that Hall is guilty

Software Piracy – Don’t Copy That Floppy

Anti-Piracy “Don’t Copy That Floppy” Campaign Imagine this alarming scenario. It’s the middle of a busy, productive afternoon at the office when unexpected visitors suddenly arrive: a federal marshal accompanied by a representative of the Software Publishers Association (SPA). They have come to search all the company’s computers for unauthorized copies of software programs. And they are armed with a federal warrant. If the investigators find programs for which the business holds no license, or more

Avoiding Fraud And Forgery

Small businesses nationwide are increasingly falling victim to fraud and forgery and, according to the National Research Council, production of counterfeit currency has doubled every year since 1989. If this trend continues, more than $2 billion in bogus currency will be in circulation by the year 2000. Various banking associations also estimate that about 500 million checks are forged annually, contributing to losses totaling more than $10 billion. Credit card fraud accounted for an additional $2

Reliant One Insurance Center

Reliant One Insurance Center Reliant One Insurance Center is an insurance broker located in Carlsbad, California with an impending class action lawsuit. The lawsuit claims the insurance provider is unethically operating under various names, stealing money from customers, delivering poor quality of service, and identity theft. Reliant One Insurance Center also operates under the name “Nationwide Financial Services,” from which they claim to help consumers out of their overwhelming debt obligations through debt arbitration, debt management,

Big Government Tries To Meet Small Business Halfway

It’s never been easier to start up a commercial rabbit farm in East Texas. Sandra Ellison is on the job to make sure of that. Ellison manages the U.S. government’s first General Store for Small Business in Houston, Texas, a storefront operation designed to provide all the information and assistance necessary to help people start and develop small businesses. The facility served an average of 36 visitors a day after opening in July 1995 – entrepreneurs