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  • | Cybersecurity Law & Strategy

    Right Out of the Box: California Enacts First-of-its-Kind Statute Regulating Internet-of-Things

    December 01, 2018 |

    Companies Impacted By California's SB-327 — Especially Manufacturers and Distributors of IoT Devices — Should Work to Ensure Compliance With the Act As Soon As Possible If Regulatory Fallout Is to Be Avoided Come January 2020

    While a great deal of attention has focused on the California Consumer Privacy Act, California also passed a less-publicized, but highly critical, statute that will regulate certain aspects of Internet of Things device security.

  • Internet Goods and Product Liability

    January 01, 2018 |

    The Internet's value arises in part from its ability to provide images, data and content quickly and at little cost. This ability results from the fact that Internet products — whether they be images, data or content — are each reduced to a digital format. Sharing products that have been so reduced may result in product liability.

  • Internet Goods and Product Liability

    January 01, 2018 |

    The Internet's value arises in part from its ability to provide images, data and content quickly and at little cost. This ability results from the fact that Internet products — whether they be images, data or content — are each reduced to a digital format. Sharing products that have been so reduced may result in product liability.

  • All Digital Assets Are Not Legally Equal

    November 02, 2017 |

    The Internet has generated a new set of assets known as "digital assets." Broadly defined, a digital asset is an electronic record in which an individual has a right or interest. This definition erroneously implies that digital assets should be treated as a legally equivalent set of assets when, in fact, failure to differentiate digital assets into one of three distinct classes will result in legal difficulties.

  • Bitcoin Is Fueling the Ransomware Epidemic

    October 02, 2017 |

    Money is a powerful motivator, but it alone wasn't enough to fuel the ransomware epidemic. After all, the first documented ransomware infection was in 1989, but it remained relatively unknown until its resurgence over the past five years. So what changed? In short, bitcoin.

  • Are 'Smart Contracts' Smart Enough?

    September 02, 2017 |

    Certain Legal Functions Can Be Automated with the Use of Blockchains

    The automation of certain attorney functions has given rise to a new form of contracting, known as "smart contracts." Consequently, a decrease in the demand for certain attorney functions that can now be performed by Internet applications is matched by an increase in demand for legal advisers who can prepare smart contracts and ensure these smart contracts accurately reflect a desired business transaction.

  • | Internet Law & Strategy

    Internet Legal Ethics and Client Privacy

    August 01, 2017 |

    Internet professional responsibility and client privacy difficulties are intimately associated with the services offered by lawyers. Electronic attorney services result in data gathering, information exchange, document transfers, enhanced communications and novel opportunities for marketing and promotion. These services, in turn, provide an array of complicated ethical issues that can present pitfalls for the uninitiated and unwary.

  • How Analytics Is Shaping the Current and Future Practice of Law

    June 02, 2017 |

    Anyone following the news headlines of late is aware that artificial intelligence (AI) is being heralded as the technology that will transform industries far and wide — including the legal profession. Here we will briefly consider three areas or "maturity levels" of analytics — descriptive, predictive and prescriptive — and look at their role in revolutionizing the practice of law today.

  • New Research: Employee Privacy and Corporate Legal Risk

    June 02, 2017 |

    The use of business email accounts and digital devices for personal communications can be risky for both employers and employees. However, employees of all levels may be commingling corporate communications with their personal information, according to new research.

  • Three Things Law Firms Should Consider When Using Website Metrics

    March 02, 2017 |

    Google Analytics Can Prove a Useful Tool in Helping Firms Draw More Clients
    Many law firms proclaim their excellence by touting top lawyers from prestigious schools and decades of courtroom success. While these facts still afford some strategic advantages, an effective content marketing strategy is another way to gain an edge over your competition in today's legal market.