Thursday, 18 October 2007

A thieving IP law firm's website "user agreement/privacy policy"

The "Dozier Internet Law P.C." website has an incredible User Agreement/Privacy Policy. It has such gems in it as:

"Dozier Internet Law, P.C. has a lot of intellectual property on our site. For instance, we are the creators of all of the text on this website, and own the “look and feel” of this website. We also own all of the code, including the HTML code, and all content. As you may know, you can view the HTML code with a standard browser. We do not permit you to view such code since we consider it to be our intellectual property protected by the copyright laws. You are therefore not authorized to do so."

There is nothing particularly special about the HTML code. It uses tables to control layout instead of divs and css so whoever designed it isn't keeping up with the play when it comes to web design. It also contains javascript code copyrighted by another party so they must be Intellectual Property thieves given their claim to "own all of the code..":
OpenPopUpLite 2.0.1 action by Nate Baldwin,, copyright 2004

How about this line:

"The name “Dozier Internet Law, P.C.", and similar derivatives of it, constitute our trademark and servicemark, and should not be used in any manner without our permission."

"You are not authorized to use our name, or any derivative of it."

So nobody can even refer to the firm by name? Apparently no-one is allowed link to them either:

"We also do not allow any links to our site without our express permission, except that you must maintain the link in our Copyright Infringement Warning Button as it is designed."

So here is a link to their site and another link to the agreement

Do they understand how the Internet works? Do they not realise that without links to their site it's pretty much invisible?

They have a nice disclaimer in which they point out that the information on their site can be regarded as next to useless.

"It is impossible to guarantee or warrant the accuracy of information on this site since the technology and Internet world both evolve quickly, and laws and interpretations change at an every increasing pace. Of course, we do not sell any of the information collected on our website. Make sure that you don’t just read through this website and rely on what it says since we expressly disclaim all liability with respect to your actions taken, or not taken, based on the contents of this website."