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When any organization makes the decision to enter into the world of electronic business, or e-business, they face a whole new set of challenges and a whole new set of regulations that must be adhered to. Smith Systems Consulting was no exception.
Smith Systems Consulting
Smith Systems Consulting began in the late Seventies in Houston, Texas, when founder, Bill Smith, was still a partner with a large public accounting firm. Mr. Smith was able to obtain an advanced degree in computer science in addition to an undergraduate degree in accounting as well as his CPA certification (Apollo Group, Inc., 2003/2004) and often used …show more content…
There are a number of legal issues to consider when conducting e-business internationally. The Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released a series of guidelines to protect international consumers and to help businesses structure online services (Arias, 2001). These guidelines have been adopted and implemented in countries such as Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, United Kingdom and United States, to name a few.
Under the Global Law portal some issues that may arise in Smith's international business are Copyrights, Patents, Trade Secrets, Trademarks, and even Jurisdiction. When US Courts have to decide whether they have jurisdiction over an e-business, they apply the "minimum contacts" principle to the internet. Simply put; "minimum contacts" states that, in a civil procedure, the court determines when it is appropriate for a court in one state to claim jurisdiction over a defendant in another state.
In regards to the internet they consider three things: passive websites, interactive websites, and commercial websites. Passive websites merely provide information and almost never provide contacts needed for jurisdiction. The only way this form of website will provide jurisdiction is if the website itself contains slander and defamation (torts). Interactive websites may