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 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 Thanksgiving to[...]

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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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Skeletons of Empires: A Scenario for AR in 2020 [Video]

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Earlier today, I participated in an online panel discussion sponsored by IEEE called “Skeletons of Empires: A Scenario for AR in 2020.” This was part of IEEE’s series of discussions on the various possible ways in which augmented reality and related technologies (especially the mesh of interconnected sensors known as the Internet of Things) could be[...]

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Rule 34 and Trademark Dilution

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The popular internet meme known as Rule 34 states: “If it exists, there is porn of it. No exceptions.”  In actuality, there probably are a few exceptions to this rule (or at least I’d like to think so), but probably not many. At the same time, courts have become increasingly willing to product the owners of[...]

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Could Apple Be Ready to Announce iGlasses?

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Imagine it: at tomorrow’s “special event” in Cupertino tomorrow, Apple CEO Tim Cook takes the stage and–after announcing the iPhone 6 and the breathlessly awaited iWatch–turns to the audience and says: “Oh, and one more thing ….”  Then he pulls a pair of slick, white spectacles out of a velvety bag and says, “we’re also coming out[...]

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