Crowdsourcing

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California Attorney General Makes Privacy Public With New Crowdsourcing Tool For Reporting Of Privacy Policy Violations

On October 14, the California Attorney General released a new online form designed to crowdsource reporting of allegedly inadequate privacy policies. The tool allows users to report violations of the California Online...more

TechConnect - Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - September 2016

Letter from the Editors - Dear Readers, The world of raising capital for emerging companies has experienced a revolution. Prior to the enactment of the JOBS Act in 2012, raising capital for private companies was...more

Various Ways to Raise Capital

The world of raising capital has been evolving over the last several years. Offerings of securities generally used to fall into two main buckets: (i) private placements under the old Rule 506 or (ii) a public offering. With...more

NAD Revisits Crowd-Sourced Substantiation

Traditionally, when companies wanted to advertise that consumers preferred their product over another product, the companies would substantiate their claim by running a survey. Consumers would be stopped in a mall, called, or...more

Data Privacy Considerations for Starting or Evaluating a Bounty Program

Data security officers typically look for security risks by monitoring reports from automated security systems, listening to employees’ reports of security issues, and/or auditing IT systems. There is a great deal of debate,...more

ANA Advertising Law & Public Policy Conference

April 6-7, in Chicago, Ill. The twelfth annual ANA Advertising Law & Public Policy Conference is headed to Chicago for 2016. Join us to hear from leading client-side marketers, top ad lawyers, and important regulators...more

FDA Invites Genome Scientists to Come Play in the precisionFDA “Sandbox” - NGS Technologies Take Center Stage at Agency Campus

On November 12th and 13th, the Food and Drug Administration hosted genome scientists from across the nation at its campus in White Oak, Maryland. Two public workshops engaged presenters and audience members on various...more

Drafting Employment Agreements – What Can We Learn from Ralph Lauren

One of the little facts that’s not widely known is that the SEC typically publishes all sorts of executive employment agreements for publicly-traded companies. They’re ready and available for download....more

Stretched Past Its Limits: Have The Courts Extended Immunity From Online Tort Liability Too Far?

I have practiced entertainment and technology law for over 30 years. More than any other area of the law, the developments and enhancements in technology have outpaced the law’s ability to take those developments and...more

New NAD Decision Addresses Crowdsourced Reviews

The NAD recently determined that Euro-Pro could not support a claim that its Shark vacuum receives “more 5-star online reviews than any other vacuum brand.” To support the claim, Euro-Pro had looked at over 4,000 verified...more

Treasury Releases Discussion Paper on Crowd-Sourced Equity Funding

On 8 December 2014, the Australian Government Treasury (Government) released a Discussion Paper on crowd-sourced equity funding (crowdfunding). Crowdfunding is an emerging global funding approach that allows smaller...more

USPTO Explores Crowdsourcing Prior Art

In a Federal Register Notice dated November 12, 2014, the USPTO solicited public comments on the “use of crowdsourcing to identify relevant prior art,” and announced a related roundtable to be held on December 2, 2014 at the...more

CAMAC's Report on Equity Crowdfunding

Does it Pave the Way to Bridge the Capital Gap for Start-Ups and Small Scale Enterprises in Australia? The Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee (CAMAC) released its report on crowd sourced equity funding (CSEF)...more

Status Updates - June 2014 #3

..Twitter’s leadership was thrown into disarray on June 12 after Ali Rowghani resigned suddenly as the company’s chief operating officer amid a dispute with Chief Executive Dick Costolo. Twitter’s stock has fallen about 42...more

Crowdsourcing – Lawyers Quickly Embracing the Idea

The statement “all the cool kids are doing it” is usually signals a fad. However, in the case of crowdsourcing, the idea is no longer a trend and quickly becoming a staple of the Internet. While most think of crowdsourcing as...more

Connected Health: Capturing Digital Opportunities

Her comment has been echoed by many market participants who have predicted that we are seeing the first wave of large traditional companies leveraging digital platforms and tools to drive growth and innovation. These...more

Crowd-Sourced Review Website May Incur Lanham Act Liability For Selectively Deleting Reviews

Today’s consumers depend on “crowd-sourced” review websites like Angie’s List and Yelp, which permit users to post and read reviews of goods and services. Businesses feel a corresponding pressure to encourage favorable...more

Crowdsourcing Legal Project Management: How to get started?

I was invited to contribute to Michelle Mahoney‘s recent ILTA blog series on legal project management. In this series, numerous experts, pundits and practitioners with experience in project management offer insights and...more

Legal concepts every social media marketer should know: Part IV - User Generated Content (Content Treasure Trove v. Legal...

Companies are looking for online interaction with customers, a solid presence on social media, and other dynamic ways to connect with potential consumers. Often, this means campaigns and their websites will rely on some form...more

Crowdsourced Equity Funding in Australia

The potential for crowdsourced equity funding (CSEF) in Australia is not yet clear. CSEF refers to arrangements through which a business (the issuer) seeks to raise capital, particularly early-stage funding, by offering small...more

Crowdsourcing: Inciting a Mob to Battle Patent Trolls

The onslaught of non-practicing entities, or “patent trolls,” that aggressively leverage the high price of defending a patent infringement action in order to extract licensing fees, cost defendants and licensees $29 billion...more

The New Rule 506: a Useful Crowdsourcing Tool

When the JOBS Act was passed in the spring of 2012, all the “buzz” was about the imminent advent of “Crowdfunding.” But as legal practitioners, business persons, and pundits looked closer at the details under the Crowdfunding...more

Crowdsourced Workers: Are They Employees or Independent Contractors?

What happens when modern innovations in the workforce (made possible by the advent of the internet) collide with traditional concepts of employment? You get lawsuits like Christopher Otey v. Crowdflower, Inc., filed late...more

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