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Technology and the Law
Examining the intersection of technology and the law, particularly focusing on the legal implications of technological developments.
One Billion Dollars (and change). In just 21 short hours a jury awarded Apple more money than either of this year’s presidential candidates has been able to raise in almost two years of campaigning. A jury verdict of such magnitude undoubtedly serves as a wakeup call to not only the parties ...[Continue Reading]
The more things change, the more they stay the same. People go to work, they go to school, and they go home. Every day. The Industrial Revolution gave us factories, Henry Ford gave us the assembly line, and Steve Jobs and Bill Gates are household names. But despite the radical changes ...[Continue Reading]
Updated January 11, 2014: Facebook has updated its Platform Roadmap and will be ending the controversially-implemented Sponsored Stories, noting in its Roadmap that “sponsored stories will cease to have delivery after April 9th.” Updated August 29, 2013: Judge Richard Seeborg ...[Continue Reading]
Imagine reading “convicted sex offender” on an individual’s Facebook or LinkedIn page. Such social media websites may need to add a new field to users’ profiles because on August 1, Louisiana will become the first state to require convicted sex offenders to openly list their status on ...[Continue Reading]
In June, the Supreme Court decided a First Amendment case without touching the First Amendment. In fact, they decided the case largely on issues that were merely grazed over during oral argument and in the submitted briefs (where have we heard that before?) – due process and fair notice. ...[Continue Reading]
“Hey! Look up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superman!” No, it is not Superman, and it is not fighting for “truth, justice, and the American way.” It is a domestic unmanned aerial surveillance aircraft, commonly referred to as a ...[Continue Reading]
In today’s market, a sizable portion of the population neither has access to nor cannot afford full legal representation. Limited scope representation, or unbundled legal services, can be an attractive option to both an attorney and a client. Unbundled legal services are more limited in ...[Continue Reading]
iPhones, Androids, Blackberries, and digital cameras – what do they have in common? They all have the potential to turn a routine traffic stop into the next big news story. But do ordinary citizens have the right to record police officers during routine stops and other citizen-officer ...[Continue Reading]
“Can you hear me now? Good!” is perhaps one of the most recognizable quotes from a Verizon Wireless television commercial which advertises the extent and reliability of its cell phone coverage, but cell phone companies are providing more than just reliable service for their customers ...[Continue Reading]
The Facebook “like” feature allows users to click a thumbs up icon attached to posts, pictures, links, and pages. By clicking this “like” button, users can “like” pages of companies, political candidates and even candidates in a cutest baby contest. But is a Facebook “like” an ...[Continue Reading]
One social networking site, Pinterest, allows its users to share photos of Do-It-Yourself crafts and the like. These photos are then “pinned” by other Pinterest account holders to their personal virtual bulletin board for all to see and “re-pin.” In February 2012, Business ...[Continue Reading]
With each new generation of the iPhone or the release of a new Android application, the capabilities of cell phones and the information they can store increase exponentially. In a time of ever-growing technology and intense competition for a piece of the market share, even the “dumbest” of ...[Continue Reading]
In 1977, the United States Supreme Court in Bates v. Arizona State Bar held lawyers have a right to advertise their services. However, this right is subject to additional rules and regulations. In North Carolina legal advertisements must conform to the North Carolina State Bar’s Rules of ...[Continue Reading]
Protect your password. Don’t share it with anyone. Make it complicated so no one can guess it randomly. We do these things because our passwords safeguard our financial and personal worlds. We have passwords for our bank accounts, email, smart phones, and computers. We even have ...[Continue Reading]