Internet of Things & Privacy Concerns of the 21st Century

Posted by Cyberbear on November 26, 2013 in Computer Hardware, Internet, Privacy |

Posted by Jonathon Sanchez              In an article published in the Harvard Law Review in 1890, attorneys Louis Brandeis and Samuel D. Warren astutely foresaw the rising need for privacy. The need for privacy arose from how technological change shapes society – in the 1890s the rise of photographs were particularly concerning to the […]

Software Licensing, DRM, and Consumer Rights

Posted by Cyberbear on November 26, 2013 in Computer Software, Copyright Law, Intellectual Property |

Posted by:  Jonathon Sanchez               When you bought a copy of Microsoft’s Windows operating system, you probably thought you did just that. However, Microsoft does not believe it sells you a copy of its software; instead, it emphatically believes that it is merely selling you a license to use a copy of its software […]

Exposing in Order to Protect

Posted by Cyberbear on November 26, 2013 in Computer Software, Copyright Law |

Posted by:  Daniela Madrid   Copyright protects original works expressed in a tangible medium. Under US Copyright law, the protection applies automatically once the work is fixed onto a tangible form of expression. Thus, the work does not need to be registered with the Copyright Office in order for it to receive copyright protection. However, […]

The Future of Cybersquatting

Posted by Cyberbear on November 26, 2013 in Domain Names, Internet, Trademark |

Posted by: Zach Smith   Cybersquatting, or domain squatting, according to the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act is the act of a bad faith intent to profit from the goodwill of another’s trademark, registers, traffics in, or uses a domain name that is identical to, or confusingly similar to distinctive mark. (Anitcybersquatting Act)  The idea is […]

Unique Legal Problem Created By MMORPGS

Posted by Cyberbear on November 26, 2013 in Intellectual Property, Internet, Tech News |

Posted by: Zach Smith   Licensing agreements appear in day-to-day life whether we know it or not.  The proliferation of technology has individuals hitting accept on software license agreements before they even begin to think what it might mean for how they are able to use the software.  In an attempt to lock in both […]

Ministry Of Sound Sues Spotify Over Playlists

Posted by Cyberbear on November 26, 2013 in Intellectual Property, Internet, Litigation, Tech News |

Posted by:  Ross Arkin It’s not a news story just because a music label is suing a digital music service. If that was all that was involved here it would be better labeled as a broken record. The unique aspect of this claim turns on the way that the digital music service allows organization of […]

Capturing Tax Dollars by Scrapping Databases

Posted by Cyberbear on November 25, 2013 in Copyright Law, Intellectual Property, Internet |

Posted by: Tammy Thibodeau In 1789, Benjamin Franklin once said, “[N]othing can be certain, except death and taxes.”Some homeowners challenged the notion by flagrantly ignoring rental and lodging tax liabilities. But now some local municipalities are capturing the unpaid rental and lodging tax from private rental homeowners thanks to web-enabled programs for finding homeowners who […]

isoHunt: A Lesson in Futility?

Posted by Cyberbear on November 24, 2013 in Copyright Law, DMCA, Internet, Judicial Decisions, Tech News |

Posted By:  Ashlee Hoffman Recently, (“isoHunt”), a website that has been around for over 10 years with millions of users, was forced offline. For those that don’t know what isoHunt is, here’s a quick explanation: isoHunt facilitated a peer-to-peer service for users to exchange files quickly and easily between individuals using the internet. It […]

The Risk of Extending “without authorization” Under the CFAA To Include a Technological Barrier

Posted by Cyberbear on November 24, 2013 in Internet, Judicial Decisions, Tech News |

Posted by: Tammy Thibodeau A recent decision has extended the Consumer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA)’s definition of “without authorization” to include a website user, who knowingly accessed the website after revocation of permission or eluded a “technology barrier.” Under the civil provisions of CFAA, Craigslist sued 3Taps, an aggregator of Craigslist ads who republishes […]

Effectively Protecting Trade Secrets and Privacy in Cyberspace

Posted by Cyberbear on November 24, 2013 in Internet, Trade Secrets |

Posted By: Lauren Proper Intellectual property protection is becoming increasingly difficult and important as the internet advances. But unlike copyrights, trademarks and patents, trade secrets are a unique form of protected intellectual property in that they are subject to state law regulations and not federal. Trade secrets are unlike traditional intellectual property in a number […]

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