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FTC on the “Internet of Things”

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Lock Lorde Edwards – David Anderson – On January 27, 2015, the FTC released its Staff Report on the so-called “Internet of Things” (IoT) – the ability of everyday objects (from refrigerators to wearable devices) to connect to the Internet and send and receive data. In addition to the Staff Report, the FTC released a guidance …

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Legal Issues for Cloud Computing

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Quinn Emanuel – In the May 2014 issue of the Business Litigation Report, we discussed a hot topic in law and technology: cloud computing. That topic did not cool down over the summer. Businesses and courts—including the Supreme Court—have continued to grapple with issues presented by computing in the cloud, including who owns the rights …

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FINRA to Intensify Scrutiny of Cybersecurity Practices at Brokerage Firms

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By Reginald J. Brown, Zachary I. Schram Reuters recently reported that the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) “plans to intensify its scrutiny of cybersecurity practices at brokerage firms in 2015 and is hiring technology savvy examiners to help boost its efforts.” FINRA’s addition of examiners focused on cybersecurity is one of the most recent in a series of steps …

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5 Ways Businesses Can Protect Themselves From Cyber Attacks

hacking and cyber crime is a serious business risk

Al Mirsal – Global cyber-attack threats stand at the highest ever recorded level, jumping 14 percent from 2012 to 2013 (Cisco 2014 Annual Security Report). Furthermore, a recent Microsoft Security Intelligence Report found that operating system infection rates in the GCC countries were almost twice the worldwide average, with up to 13 computers out of …

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Protecting Your Image Online – Both Yours and Your Employees

The Internet has been flooded lately with reports of individuals capitalizing on the anonymity of social media to torment others. There is no greater example than that of Zelda Williams, daughter of Robin Williams. Within days of her father’s death, faceless trolls took to Twitter and sent her messages blaming her for the death of …

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The Online Danger of Trolls Such As Those That Emerged After Robin Williams’ Death

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J Evan Gibbs of law firm Constangy Brooks and Smith writes about the trolls on the internet in the wake of events such as the death of Robin Williams, and the near impossibility of stopping them. But what else can be done, from a legal perspective? From JDSupra Trolls. Until recently, they only existed in …

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FTC Accepts Consent Agreement on Internet Resellers

Skadden Arps – On July 21, 2014, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission) accepted a consent agreement, subject to final approval, to settle charges with two Internet resellers of Universal Product Code (UPC) barcodes accused of violating Section 5 of the FTC Act (Section 5) by inviting competitors to collude.1 The FTC Act, which …

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Politically Appointed Donors & Courts Move to Erode Net Neutrality

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Michael Ehline, personal injury attorney – Big cable companies and others seeking to rig the internet, have constantly been trying to monetize and monopolize the internet in such a way, that would allow them to charge a premium for small businesses like law firms and other professionals, in order for them to rank well on …

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Alice v. CLS Bank: A Unanimous Supreme Court Rules On When Computer Claims are Patent-Eligible

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On June 19, 2014, the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in Alice Corp. Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International, No. 13-298, addressing the question of when patents claiming aspects of computer software satisfy the patentable subject matter requirement of 35 U.S.C. § 101. In yet another unanimous opinion (albeit one with a very …

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Was the Supreme Court Correct on the Aereo Copyright Case?

Was the Supreme Court Correct on the Aereo Copyright Case? 8

Although the US Supreme Court rules that Aereo, a company that lets subscribers stream digital content to mobile devices, breached copyright law, the dissenting decision of Justice Scalia was also mocking of the majority decision.  Was the Court right in its ruling? <script src=”//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js” async=””></script><!– InTextLawFuel –> <ins class=”adsbygoogle” style=”width: 336px; height: 280px; display: inline-block;” …

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