E-Commerce: The Consumer, the Trade Mark and the Credit Card

  • John N. Adams
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Abstract

In this paper it is argued that the problems of consumer protection in international e-commerce consumer transactions are insoluble either by national legislation, or even by EU legislation. I think, however, that the market will solve many of the problems. This will be facilitated by the effective protection being given to ‘well-known’ trade marks, and effective action being taken against those registering, without justification, confusingly similar domain names. Since the credit card is the almost invariable mode of payment for goods purchased on the Internet, the most effective legislation that governments could put in place would be an equivalent of section 75 of the United Kingdom Consumer Credit Act of 1974 which will give consumers effective remedies against the card companies, even for quite small claims.

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Intellectual Property World Trade Organisation Credit Card Consumer Protection Trade Mark 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John N. Adams
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  1. 1.Department of LawUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUK

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