Privacy and Connected Cars

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Earlier this week I had the pleasure of being a panelist at the Automated Vehicles Symposium 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Our topic was “Privacy Issues Unique to Automated Vehicles,” though there was a lot of discussion about all degrees of “connected cars”–not just the “autonomous” kind. To put that topic in context, I surveyed[…]

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FTC Responds to Questions on Social Media Endorsements

|In 2009, the Federal Trade Commission put the social media world on edge when it released updated Endorsement Guidelines that made it clear that they were watching social media for deceptive and misleading endorsements. Companies doing social media marketing set about experimenting (some successfully, some not) with various ways to convey the required disclosures in as few[…]

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Is Ascribe the Answer to the Web’s Infringement Problem? [UPDATED]

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“The end of piracy?” That’s one of the breathless sub-headers from TNW’s recent article about Ascribe, a German start-up.  Ascribe uses blockchain technology–the same string of software used in Bitcoin crypto-currency–to authenticate works of digital art. Artists submit their works to the service, and receive in return a unique bit of code that identifies the work as belonging[…]

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Social Reading Raises New Copyright and Publicity Rights Issues

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The following is paraphrased from a talk I gave at the International Digital Publishing Forum’s 2015 Digital Book Conference in Manhattan. Recent Innovations in Social Reading “Social reading” is a publishing industry buzzword that has come to encompass a variety of methods for using digital platforms to expand the reading experience. This includes such simple features[…]

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Privacy, Law, and Ethics in Augmented Reality Panel at AWE 2015 [VIDEO]

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As AR comes into its own, the legal and ethical issues that come with it can’t be ignored. On June 8, 2015, I had the honor of hosting a 50-minute panel discussion on these topics with Dave Griesbach (Security Expert, Google), Jerri Lynn Hogg (Professor, Fielding University), and Dave Lorenzini (Founder, CEO, EFX). Not only did these[…]

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What Happens When My Software Provider Disappears?

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Companies go out of business, or get acquired, every day.  Especially in the tech sector.  It’s a fact of life. Still, when it’s a business you’ve come to rely on, it can hurt. A lot. On May 26, 2015, a great number of augmented reality developers got that feeling when Metaio, one of the earliest[…]

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When Can I Play a Radio or TV in Public Without a License? [Infographic]

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It’s a perennial problem for business owners. They try to entertain their customers and provide a pleasant ambiance, but are never quite sure what copyright law does and doesn’t allow them to do. Too often, this doesn’t even occur to them until a demand letter shows up in the mail accusing them of copyright infringement.[…]

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Competitor’s Ads Go Too Far? Kick ‘Em into the NAD

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What options do you have when your competitor’s advertisements stretch the truth, to your competitive disadvantage? Every business sells something. And they all want to potential customers to notice them–to hear their ads amidst the noisy background of their competitors’ marketing. On top of that, we’ve all come to have certain expectations of advertisements–that they’ll[…]

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[VIDEO] Augmented Reality Law, Privacy and Ethics

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On April 17, 2015, I was a featured speaker at the “Augmented Reality and Perfect Vision By 2020″ event hosted by Dave Lorenzini and the Seattle Augmented Reality meetup group. My 45-minute presentation summarized the contents of my book Augmented Reality Law, Privacy and Ethics, published in January 2015 by Elsevier.  [You can get 30%[…]

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Digital Evidence: Discovery, Authentication, and Admissibility

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Earlier this week, I had the privilege of presenting two Continuing Legal Education sessions for Michigan judges on the topic of social media and other digital evidence. We reviewed the various use cases in which lawyers most often rely on digital evidence; the various methods used to regulate discovery of social media posts; the challenges[…]

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