Posts Categorized: Law

PRISM: Bad for US Businesses?

I’ve been thinking about PRISM since the news broke, but I’ve stayed away from commenting so far. I was just amazed at how people reacted to the news. Some people said that if we were doing nothing wrong, then we had nothing to worry about. Others suggested that it was worth trading in our privacy… Read more »

Now Out of the Box!

Yesterday, I was focused on thinking inside boxes. Today, I was reminded to think outside the box again by an article from Erica Sadun over on TUAW.com. The article detailed how Big Nerd Ranch CEO Aaron Hillegass worked around Apple’s Developer NDA in order to train students to use iOS even though his company was… Read more »

Who Owns Digital Goods? (Hint: Probably Not the Customer)

According to a legal ruling filed on Saturday, March 30, 2012, consumers don’t have the right to resell digital media that they have purchased from the copyright owner. Peter Kafka, from All Things D, reported that U.S. District Judge Richard Sullivan sided with Capitol Records against ReDigi, a site that allows users to resell the music… Read more »

Killer Terms of Service

There are three kinds of people in this world. People who can’t understand Terms of Service, people who don’t want to waste their time on them and, of course, lawyers. Terms of Service are usually long and hard to decipher legalese.  They’re designed to methodically detail what the relationship you are entering into when you… Read more »

Are Virtual Currency Regulations Changing?

Yesterday,  the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network(FinCEN), a bureau of the US Department of the Treasury, issued “interpretive guidance to clarify the applicability of the regulations implementing the Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”) to persons creating, obtaining, distributing, exchanging, accepting, or transmitting virtual currencies.” You can find the full text here. The fear about this guidance is… Read more »

US Patents Now First to File

As I was reminded by Wired.com, the “Leahy-Smith America Invents Act” took effect today. Gone are the days of being able to invent something and relying on lab journals or other documentation as prior art.  If someone files a patent application on your invention before you, they get the patent, even if they weren’t the… Read more »

Is Google Hypocritical?

According to ReadWrite.com, a man who goes by the name of spk claims that Google paid him to bot up the view counts on more than 20,000 videos and he did so to the tune of millions of views per video. If that is true, and there was advertising on those videos and there is… Read more »

Do You Own Anything Anymore?

I was reading about the change to the exceptions in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) by the Librarian of Congress when it got me to thinking about the state of ownership in this country.  For those who aren’t aware yet, the DMCA prevents people from circumventing copy protection of any kind. Until October of 2012,… Read more »

Why Do Laws Exist?

I’ve been following patent cases for years and the Aaron Swartz trial situation/suicide since he was indicted in 2011. People are constantly debating whether or not someone technically infringed a patent during patent cases or, in the situation of Aaron Swartz, if someone was in violation of a specific law. I think those questions miss the… Read more »