Articles By Monica Goyal

Beware of legal landmines when diving into online rental space biz

Online classified sites such as Craigslist and Kijiji have made it very easy for small entrepreneurs market goods and services on the Internet. These two very popular sites along with many others specifically

Published on: May 28th, 2013 Monica Goyal

Free labour sounds great, but is it right? The law says that it’s not

Canadian social media star HootSuite recently got in hot water over its practice of not paying interns that work in their company. After raising the hackles of interns and labour rights advocates across

Published on: May 1st, 2013 Monica Goyal

Lessons we can all learn from RBC

Reports have emerged recently that 45 RBC employees are losing their jobs next month after RBC contracted a number of technological services to iGate, a California-based firm which specializes in sending jobs overseas.

Published on: April 11th, 2013 Monica Goyal

Law offers Canadian Web site operators inadequate protection against libel claims

Canadian law is sorely lacking when it comes to protecting website operators from claims of libel. The United Kingdom's laws on defamation are very similar those those in Canada. However a recent case

Published on: March 1st, 2013 Monica Goyal

Legal bits and bytes

I’m a Toronto-based lawyer and a technology entrepreneur. I’m also the founder of two companies: My Legal Briefcase and Simply Small Claims, which are online legal websites that provides automated legal documents and

Published on: February 28th, 2013 Monica Goyal

Tax credits not the answer to innovation blast-off

Could our country really be just one tax break for investors away from unlocking its innovation potential? That’s what Liberal leadership candidate Marc Garneau suggested at StartupGrind Toronto on Tuesday night.  The MP and

Published on: February 21st, 2013 Monica Goyal

Tweeted photos not free to publish, judge rules

By Monica Goyal and Jon Mackenzie The debate around ownership of content posted by users of online social media services continues. In the wake of the recent uproar surrounding Instagram’s proposed Terms of

Published on: January 22nd, 2013 Monica Goyal

Nortel acquittal shows challenges of prosecuting corporate fraud

In the last few years, Nortel has undergone a series of asset sell-offs and bankruptcy proceedings. Many attribute the company’s decline to a series of scandals in which some of the company’s top

Published on: January 16th, 2013 Monica Goyal

Instagram debacle shows the user agreement process needs fixing

At the end of 2012 Instagram, the online image-sharing company recently acquired by Facebook, announced new changes to their Privacy and Terms of Service policies that caused tremendous backlash from the public and

Published on: December 20th, 2012 Monica Goyal

Silicon Valley tech firms under legal scrutiny for ‘anti-poaching’ agreements

The Justice Department in the United States has sued several tech giants including eBay, Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe, Intuit, Lucasfilm, and Pixar over an anti-poaching agreement that was in place between 2006 and

Published on: December 5th, 2012 Monica Goyal

Why Zappos’ user agreement didn’t stand up in court

The recent failure of Zappos.com’s user agreement to protect the site from a class action lawsuit demonstrates a few crucial lessons for websites wishing to protect themselves. You can see this post as

Published on: November 12th, 2012 Monica Goyal

How a Barnes & Noble sale led to legal changes for e-commerce sites

The design of websites has increasingly moved towards aesthetically pleasing, clean looking web pages.  Web browsers and shoppers particularly do not want to be burdened by pop-up ads or web pages overcrowded with

Published on: October 11th, 2012 Monica Goyal

Apple imitator ‘Goophone’ highlights IP challenges in China

In China, you can buy iPhone 5 knockoffs before the Apple release this month.  The “Goophone” looks remarkably like the iPhone 5 with the big caveat that it runs the Android OS. Apple,

Published on: September 17th, 2012 Monica Goyal

Steve Jobs’ ‘last dying breath’ echoes too loudly for Android

On Tuesday, July 17, 2012, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) granted 25 patents to Apple. Of those 25 there is one patent that may potentially have the largest impact on

Published on: July 26th, 2012 Monica Goyal

Linking is not copyright infringement, Federal Court finds

By Danny Titolo Justice Rennie of the Federal Court of Canada recently issued a ruling in the ever so uncertain area of online content. The lawsuit concerned Richard Warman and the National Post

Published on: July 12th, 2012 Monica Goyal