Ken Priore
Priore Law Group


San Francisco Bay Area, CA 94103, United States
Contact: Ken Priore

Default Privacy Settings and the FTC

In October, the FTC reached a settlement with peer-to-peer (“P2P”) file sharing developer Frostwire LLC, for what the FTC determined were unfair and deceptive practices with regard to the default settings used in Frostwire’s P2P…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Science, Computers, & Technology

Crowdfunding…not everyone’s a fan.

Crowdfunding legislation has received a lot of support in Washington. Indeed, it might be the only thing that has united both political parties, the White House, and Congress. But is the legislation actually any good? …more
 /  Business Organizations, Securities Law

Courts view Forum/Venue Selection Clauses in online user agreements presumed valid

In recent news, different courts within the United States were presented with questions regarding whether or not forum/ venue selection clauses contained in online user agreements were valid. The courts took different paths to…more
 /  Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Crowdfunding and social media: is it a symbiotic relationship?

For crowdfunding to be successful, communities, whether local or national, must be involved. As a result, social media has become a critical component of crowdfunding. Indeed, one might wonder if the two are so intertwined as…more
 /  Business Organizations, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

Crowdfunding: Devil in the Details

Crowdfunding is part of a general movement to facilitate financing for new companies. Indeed, in today’s economic climate, there clearly is a need for new ventures to be able to reach out to communities and stakeholders to…more
 /  Business Organizations, Securities Law

Regulation A: Crowdfunding’s ugly older brother

Increasing the opportunities for startups to raise financing is all the rage in Congress. So, with the changes proposed by H.R. 2930, H.R. 2940, and S.1791, it might be easy to miss another important piece of legislation with…more
 /  Business Organizations, Securities Law

COPPA and the FTC: 2011 Update

Recently, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it would be proposing amendments to update critical aspects of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) to better protect minors’ privacy online against…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Watch out House! Here comes the Senate with it’s own Crowdfunding Bill!

Congressional support and momentum for crowdfunding is growing. Crowdfunding advocates received another boost in the Senate with the proposed Democratizing Access to Capital Act[S.1791]. Bipartisan support combined with a lot…more
 /  Business Organizations, Securities Law

Is Regulation D helping the 1%, but punishing the 99%?

Is Regulation D archaic? Is it an obstacle to investment? Or worse, is Regulation D helping the 1%, but punishing the 99%? Proposed changes to Regulation D under H.R. 2940 the Access to Capital for Job Creators Act (not to be…more
 /  Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

House of Representatives passes Crowdfunding Bill

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed HR 2930, the McHenry Crowdfunding Bill, in a 407-17 vote. First proposed in September of 2011, the McHenry Crowdfunding Bill went through just one revision in committee and is…more
 /  Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Tennessee goes after The Internets

I am starting to think Tennessee doesn’t like the Internets. There are two pieces of legislation, which strike me, as odd attempts to regulate and control peoples behavior online in the great Volunteer state…more
 /  Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Bad Boys and Rule 506

The SEC is proposing new regulations under the Section 926 of the Dodd- Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The Rule is officially know as the Disqualification of Felons and Other “Bad Actors” from Rule 506…more
 /  Business Organizations, Securities Law

Flexible Purpose Corporation

There is a great proposal in the California legislature which would allow for the formation of a “flexible purpose corporation”. This is Senate Bill number 201 for those who keep track of these things. Think of the Flexible…more
 /  Business Organizations, Securities Law

Watercraft, Playboy, and the 9th Circuit's view of Google Adwords

The 9th Circuit has taken a another look at trademark law in the Internet era and determined that the use of a competitor’s name in Google’s Adwords does not constitute trademark infringement…more
 /  Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Website Terms and Conditions: Some Best Practices

I have been been drafting quite a few T&Cs for websites lately, and in the course of reviewing some T&C out in the wild, I realized that there are few best practices in place. For larger companies, I think there was a time when…more
 /  Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Communications & Media Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology
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