VR Modeling Has a Lot of Benefits, But Copyright Isn’t One of Them

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With the surging popularity of virtual reality technologies has come a wave of companies creating content for virtual worlds.  This includes not only the design of new and fanciful creations, but also scans of the existing, physical world.  A lot of scans. The demand for virtual recreations of the physical world is more than understandable. “The[…]

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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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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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Medical Implants and 3D Printing: Tomorrow’s Tech Meets Today’s Copyright Act

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The U.S. Copyright Office is in the midst of deciding whether to exempt certain emerging technologies from the anti-circumvention provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. And it’s not too late for you to do something about it. The following summary is borrowed, with permission, from Attorney Stefan M. Mentzer at White & Case. Background Every three[…]

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“Augmented Reality” By Any Other Name: Still as Sweet?

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Augmented reality is dead. Long live augmented reality. It has long been predicted by some within the augmented reality community that AR will succeed when people stop calling it “augmented reality.”  By that measure, things are looking up. The last six months has seen a rapid increase in the amount of AR visualization technology entering[…]

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Top 5 Legal Issues in the Internet of Things, Part 4: Copyright

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Imagine a world in which each box of Lego® bricks you buy is a standalone toy–unable to combine with the bricks from any other set. That, of course, is the opposite of the real world. As was brilliantly depicted in 2014’s Lego Movie, actual kids exercise their creativity by combining the bricks from every set[…]

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Top 5 Legal Issues in the Internet of Things, Part 1: Data Security & Privacy

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“The Internet of Things” (or IoT) is an increasingly popular shorthand term for the emerging arrangement of physical devices (other than what we’d typically think of as “computers”) that come equipped with wireless internet connectivity. Examples include smart thermostats, smart doorbells, smart refrigerators, smart cars–pretty much anything that marketers feel the need to insert the prefix “smart” in[…]

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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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