LinkedIn Lawsuit Again Shows Personal Relationships Can Have Commercial Value

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I have argued for years that social media will help redefine and expand the right of publicity–that common-law right to control the commercial exploitation of one’s personal identity–because the entire medium is premised on users’ identities. We saw a major milestone in this regard with the 2011 decisions in Cohen v. Facebook and Fraley v.[...]

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You’re Responsible for Copyright Infringement By Others on Your Website–Unless You’ve Done This

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There’s a common misconception among website owners that they are not responsible for content that others post on their website.  The truth is that, although it is possible for website owners to shield themselves from liability, there are certain hoops they need to jump through first. And if you don’t take those steps before someone posts[...]

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Instagram Harassment Justifies a PPO

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As has been extensively reported, the Supreme Court recently heard argument on a case involving threats made on Facebook, which raises the question of where the line is between free speech and criminal liability. But this is not a one-time-only issue. Courts across the country deal with the consequences of unchecked online speech all the[...]

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Infographic: Copyright on the Internet

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This week’s post is brought to you courtesy of NeoMam Studios, which provided the following infographic (original here) summarizing some of the most significant events related to online copyright law. (Inexplicably, however, the 1999 publication of my law review note on the subject didn’t make the cut. I call shenanigans!) Thanks to NeoMam, and Happy[...]

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Digital Justice in Detroit

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Earlier this week, I got the chance to speak at a Lawyers for the Creative Economy (LCE) Code event sponsored by Creative Many (formerly “ArtServe Michigan.”) The theme was “Cities, Privacy and IP in the Digital Now,” and I contributed some of my ideas about protecting artists’ intellectual property and creative uses for augmented and other digital media. The[...]

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#Ebola vs. #HIPAA – Privacy During an Epidemic

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This month, the Office for Civil Right of the US Department of Health and Human Services released a bulletin clarifying how the Privacy Rule of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 applies “in light of the Ebola outbreak and other events.” The bottom line is that ” the protections of the Privacy[...]

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Rampolla Calls Out AR Companies for Alleged Astroturfing

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Last week, AR blogger and Augmented Legality friend Joseph Rampolla published the results of his investigation into a group of individuals affiliated with the companies AugmentedRealityTrends.com (a collection of blog posts and nes articles about the AR industry) and SeeMore Interactive, which has a handful of AR-related apps in the iTunes app store. He documented the fact that[...]

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The Consequences of False Contact Info for Infringing Websites

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Have you ever looked up the WHOIS information for a domain name to find out who owns it, only to discover that the information listed there is fake? (I’m not talking about the increasingly popular private registration services, but false information.) That can be frustrating, especially when the site is infringing your intellectual property rights.[...]

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Can Augmented Reality Be a Weapon Against Ebola?

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Joe Rampolla, the long-time commentator on AR legal and social issues, has a new article out today on his ARDirt blog called “Stopping the Spread of Ebola through Augmented Reality.” It’s an interesting piece. His thesis is that digital eyewear equipped with thermal imaging cameras would offer a much more efficient way to screen travelers[...]

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Andy Ninh – Augmenting the Practice of Law

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What is it about Michigan and lawyers interested in AR? I can still count on one hand the number of lawyers I’ve encountered worldwide who have given any serious amount of attention to augmented reality. But there is now a second one here in the Mitten State. Andy Ninh (website / Twitter) is a law student[...]

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