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If there’s one thing that I hope regular readers have noted, it’s that I enjoy a story about the unintended consequences of decisions and actions. Perhaps enjoy is too strong; I highlight them to hopefully serve as an example of the perils of not fully thinking through one’s choices, perhaps as a way to justify my own ponderous nature, if you were to take the thought to its logical end. Regardless, this is a space…
To what extent can creators be held responsible for the ways in which their creations are used, particularly if those uses fall outside of what is legal or ethical? It’s a worthwhile question to consider these days. We’ve more technology in our hands —quite literally in the case of smartphones— than could have been dreamt of by technologists of yore, and yet all of that tech and all of those tools being readily available to…
A common theme in this space, and many others like it, is the law as a weapon as much as a shield. Laws exist in theory to protect us, sure, but we’re all eventually indoctrinated into the idea that laws also exist to protect the more powerful against challenge or consequence. There’s a reason that we see companies like Facebook and others unencumbered by any fear of repercussion or reprisal when they do as they…
It’s true of most new things that it takes a while for the problems and kinks to get worked out. It tends to be particularly true when something has exploded overnight, as is wont to happen from time to time with new technologies and platforms. The benefits, the appeal are evident to everyone involved, but there’s not as much thought given to what the potential drawbacks might be, or what the worst-case scenarios are in…
The tech world is no stranger to pressure, legal or otherwise, but this moment in time feels a bit different from years past. Suddenly Big Tech finds itself under scrutiny from lawmakers and opinion-makers alike, as they grow so large and so powerful that the biggest among them recognize that the constraints on their power can hardly be said to exist at all, particularly given how their technology underlays the world we now live in.…
For all of the machinery and marketing behind the big franchise movies we see on weekends, it’s easy to forget how much of this is owed to writers who come up with these ideas in the first place, and who often don’t get due credit and compensation for what they’re ultimately making possible. There’s a new case and a newly-resurfacing law that might chance our estimation and the power of writers in Hollywood, however. In…
By way of an introduction to her Business of Delivering Legal Services course for Suffolk Law’s online Legal Innovation & Technology Certificate program, our own Mary Juetten gave a webinar with the fine folks of Suffolk Law to discuss what the course has to offer for attorneys and others adjacent to the legal industry, as well as a brief overview of the principles and ideas that the course imparts in hopes of bringing change a…
It’s hard enough for most of us to conceive of being famous for any reason, and harder still to imagine somehow being both famous and anonymous, which would seem to most to be a middle ground that few would want to occupy. Those who want fame would want all the trappings that come with it, while those fervently avoiding the spotlight likely wouldn’t want the hassles that come with maintaining that fame. There are a…
Within the confines of the legal system, copyright cases can seem rather banal compared to the more salacious proceedings on offer within the criminal courts. Copyright cases make the news, sure, but they’re not likely to make the front page, save for the possibility of a day when a copyright case threatens to unravel a career or a media empire. There’s not going to be a Law & Order iteration that’s focused on IP cases,…
It’s easy to by cynical about big tech, mostly because that cynicism is earned, and if given enough time, will be validated over and again. But on occasion credit must be given where it’s due, even if you know that any such plaudits will look terrible in the light of some future malfeasance, if it doesn’t already. Amazon has announced a new program to help its sellers protect their products and to hopefully curb fraud…