I came across this post in the Freakonomics blog about how we value “pioneers” or people who make something entirely new and the “tweakers” who take existing works and improve them. Its a good article about an interesting problem because both “pioneers” and “tweakers” make art and technology better, but in different ways.
Trademarks are fickle things. You only have them so long as people know and associate you (and only you) with that trademark. Whether or not you have a registration, your rights exist only exist if that trademark continues to distinguish you from everyone else. So, if you have found a potential infringer do you haveRead more about “Is a trademark lawsuit worth it?”[…]
Those disclaimers spoken on Major League Baseball broadcasts, you know: “Any rebroadcast, retransmission, or account of this game, without the express written consent of Major League Baseball, is prohibited,” Well, after Fox and Cablevision couldn’t agree and blackouts during the playoffs ensued, the FCC stepped in with Twitter updates of the games in progress. ItsRead more about FCC Tweets Baseball Updates To Avoid Blackouts[…]
The Librarian of Congress has recommended new exemptions from the prohibition on circumventing digital copy protections including one exemption for “jailbreaking” phones so that you can install your own software. Another sign that perhaps section 1201 might not be as broadly applied going forward is this recent decision from the Fifth Circuit. That case involvedRead more about Digital Locks Loosening?[…]
There’s even a blog about it. I use Yelp! only occasionally but I do rely on reviews on Google and elsewhere. This can be a touchy subject for many small business owners as they can and do find customers through online reviews.I found my barber through those reviews and I know he takes those onlineRead more about Yelp! sued in class action over extortion[…]
I was recently quoted on the Agency Babylon blog about who owns your digital identity. It is an interesting topic and one that many companies and individuals probably haven’t fully considered in their social media policies. My comments were based on discussions with other attorneys on acceptable social media policies. Companies are often want toRead more about Who owns your digital life?[…]
I have a short article over on TECHdotMN about why new businesses need to have a plan to protect trade secrets.