Augment Your Breakfast With Learning at AWE 2014

Attending this year’s Augmented World Expo in Santa Clara? As the Culture Chair of the event, I’ve collaborated with the organizers to hold “Augmented Breakfast” round table discussions on each morning of the conference. Between 8:00-9:00 on Wednesday and Thursday mornings, gather with us in Ballroom G&H (near the registration desk) for a chance to[...]

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Ingress AR Game Impacting Kansas Law Enforcement?

I recently stumbled across this post from a Kansas law enforcement lobbyist, originally posted in January 2014. It purports to describe “a number” of 911 calls in Park City about “suspicious persons” who turned out to be playing the augmented reality game Ingress. The article also cites one of my blog posts as an example[...]

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Field Agent – a Crowdsourced IP Enforcement Tool

Every once in awhile, you stumble across something that makes you say, “how did I not realize this existed?” or “I wish I would’ve found this years ago!” Field Agent made me say both of those things. This service has existed for four years, but I somehow just learned of it. This service is designed[...]

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State Business Courts – New Rules for Tech Disputes

If you file a lawsuit involving intellectual property, information technology, software, or website development, maintenance, or hosting in my home state of Michigan, it will likely end up in one of the state’s new “business courts.” These are specialized dockets assigned to designated judges and designed to promote quicker, more cost-effective dispute resolution. Over the past[...]

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EEOC Discusses Social Media in Employment

Last month, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission convened a public meeting to discuss the impact of social media on employment relationships. Unlike the National Labor Relations Board, which for years has been litigating disputes over how far employees can go in criticizing their employers and workplaces online, the EEOC focuses on issues of discrimination and[...]

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Wearable Devices as Copyright Enforcement Tools

What if, instead of being a copyright infringement threat, wearable technology became copyright’s ultimate enforcement tool? Copyright enforcement will be a major challenge in the medium of augmented reality. The mass lawsuits of the past two decades against file-sharers and signal pirates have required a significant amount of detective work and discovery to connect individual[...]

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FTC: Social Media Contests Are Endorsements, Require Disclosure

“This pin motivated by my desire to win fabulous prizes.” That’s the sort of disclaimer that participants in social media contests may need to start using under a March 20, 2014 letter ruling from the Federal Trade Commission. As I’ve written and presented about before, the FTC has been very strict in recent years about[...]

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Can I Augment That? 5 Targets to Be Wary of When Making AR

With the steady growth of new tools for user-generated augmented reality, I’ve been fielding a ton of questions lately on whether it’s legally okay to augment particular content. In other words–if you’re not familiar with how AR works–they want to know if it’s permissible to associate certain digital content with a particular physical object (the[...]

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Drafting Social Media Policies in 2014

In addition to my litigation practice, I have been drafting social media policies for clients–and advising other lawyers on how to do so–for years now.  Are they all the same?  Is there anything new to be said? No, they’re not all the same, and yes, best practices continue to evolve along with the technology.  Earlier[...]

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Opportunity to Study Privacy Law in Amsterdam This Summer

I was asked to share the following information with my readers. Because I think it could be of interest to several of you, I agreed.  I received no compensation for it. The University of Amsterdam’s Institute for Information Law will be holding its second annual Summer Course on Privacy Law and Policy from July 7-11,[...]

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