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Managing the Cybersecurity Risks of the Medical Internet of Things

The cybersecurity ramifications of the Internet of Things (IoT) are perhaps nowhere more crucial—potentially a matter of life and death, in fact—than in the realm of medical devices. Until recent times, a potential hack of the…more
| Communications & Media Law, Health, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

The Value of Terms Limits: YouTube’s Broadly Defined TOS Does the Trick

Frequent readers of our blog will recall that in prior posts on companies such as Uber, Ashley Madison and Twitter, we have stressed the importance of having a robust terms of service (TOS) agreement. In many instances, TOS, if…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law

News of Note for the Internet-Minded – 2/5/16

Augmented reality goes to the Superbowl; Cisco commits to the Internet of Things with a billion-dollar embrace (even as IBM belatedly embraces the cloud); the staying power of the sharing economy is questioned; and more……more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology, Transportation

The ITC Tries an En Banc Shot to Redefine Its Regulatory Authority

In our recent post, Living in a Nonmaterial World: Determining IP Rights for Digital Data, we discussed the potential impact of the Federal Circuit decision in ClearCorrect v. ITC, 2014-1527, in which the appeals court held that…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Uber and Lyft Choose Different Routes in Navigating Legal Challenges

The future of ride-sharing companies has hung in the balance for more than two years while class actions and labor complaints were pending against industry giants Uber, Lyft and others. The ride-sharing companies have primarily…more
| Communications & Media Law, Labor & Employment Law, Transportation

News of Note for the Internet-Minded – 1/29/16

It’s been a week when virtual reality news reigns supreme, with the technology shown off in medicine, film and entertainment, and as part of Apple’s future plans. The FCC has even suggested a spectrum designation for it. Oh, and…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Twitter, the Drone Selfie and Charting a Course for New Technology

A recently published patent application filed by Twitter provides a possible glimpse into the future of social media and selfies—and it’s a future arriving on the wings of that poster child of modern technology, the unmanned…more
| Communications & Media Law, Privacy, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology, Transportation

News of Note for the Internet-Minded – 1/22/16

Stories of interest include Apple’s moves in VR and AR, the future of AI research, the security holes in the Internet of Things, and more…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law

The Complicated Relationship between DMCA Takedown Notices and the Word “Expeditious”

Hours. Days. Weeks. Months. When it comes to acting on copyright infringement takedown notices, just how fast is fast enough for social media platforms? Some recent (and not-so-recent) cases reveal how difficult the question has…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Procedure, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

Living in a Nonmaterial World: Determining IP Rights for Digital Data

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) regulates U.S. trade and oversees Section 337 investigations that address unfair competition based on alleged infringement of intellectual property rights. The ITC has been a popular…more
| Administrative Law, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

News of Note for the Internet-Minded – 1/6/16

Stories of interest include the return of the bots, an exploration of Facebook’s interest in virtual reality, a host of wearable tech developments, and more. Whether they crawl, answer queries, message or just chat, the re-rise…more
| Communications & Media Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology, Transportation

Hashtags, Trademarks and One #ProudMama

We have previously discussed how the use of the hashtag in trademarks is continuously evolving. As it turns out, the latest evolutionary wrinkle might have started to form this past March, thanks to one of pop culture’s more…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property

News of Note for the Internet-Minded – 12/23/15

Stories of interest this week include Toyota’s high-precision mapping system, a European ToS fight, 3D printing with glass, a recap of VR breakthroughs in 2015, and more. - Google and Ford reported to team up for…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology, Transportation

News of Note for the Internet-Minded – 12/17/15

Stories of interest this week include a developers showcase for the HoloLens, robots able to feel textures like humans, a cool billion invested in AI, and more. Giroptic is building a GoPro for virtual reality. MIT app lets you…more
| Communications & Media Law, Immigration Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Google Gives Fair Use on YouTube a Fighting Chance

Last month, Google announced a groundbreaking policy that may help shift the balance of power between copyright claimants and those who upload YouTube videos that may be covered by fair use. According to Google’s Public Policy…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property
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