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Media and Communications Policy

Media and Communications Policy

Covers First Amendment and communication policy issues. By the Media Institute.

http://www.mediacompolicy.org/
  • Oct 18

    Free Speech Week: Not a Moment Too Soon

    Free Speech Week: Not a Moment Too Soon
    With two and a half months still to go, 2014 has been one of the toughest years on record for freedom of speech in the USA. In February, for instance, two “climate change” groups collected 110,000 names on a petition they then…
  • Sep 22

    ‘Freedom From Speech’

    ‘Freedom From Speech’
    Evidence that the human race is not yet won, as a former colleague used to say, is coming in the windows.  From murder in the name of religion, to widespread crime, greed, and violence, to the bottoming of popular culture, it’s…
  • Aug 21

    ProPublica and the Problem With Journalism

    ProPublica and the Problem With Journalism
    It’s symptomatic of the syndrome: So many people who presume to speak for and about journalism’s shortcomings misdiagnose both the problem and its solutions.  So it is that individuals of a certain mindset promote the idea…
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Media Beak

Media Beak

Covers media law, ethics and intellectual property law. By Ed Forbes.

http://mediabeak.blogspot.com/
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Media Law

Media Law

Covers freedom of the press. By Robert J. Ambrogi.

http://medialaw.legaline.com/
  • Dec 16

    A Compact Portable Scanner and Projector

    A Compact Portable Scanner and Projector
    I have been playing around with a handy little device called the HoverCam Mini 5.  Billed as a pocket-sized scanner, it is actually a 5.0 megapixel autofocus camera that functions as both an overhead scanner and a video projector. You…
  • Dec 13

    An Appeal for Corporate and Law Firm Sponsor

    An Appeal for Corporate and Law Firm Sponsor
    In January, I am slated to become president of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, the premier legal charity supporting access to justice and civil legal services in Massachusetts. I am particularly honored because 2014 is a momentous year for…
  • Dec 13

    TechnoLawyer Picks the Year’s Top Tech Product

    TechnoLawyer Picks the Year’s Top Tech Product
    Transporter, a device that lets lawyers set up their own private cloud for secure file storage, has been named as the year’s top new product for lawyers in TechnoLawyer’s listing of the top 25 new products and services. The top 25…
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Media Law Prof Blog

Media Law Prof Blog

By Christine A. Corcos.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/media_law_prof_blog/
  • Oct 30

    BBC Nixes Green Party Participation In Debate

    BBC Nixes Green Party Participation In Debate
    The BBC has refused to include Green Party candidates in three upcoming televised debates, on the grounds that the party does not have enough support among voters. The party has responded by launching requests that voters sign a petition…
  • Oct 28

    Garcia v.Google and Related Right

    Garcia v.Google and Related Right
    Jacob M. Victor, Yale University, Information Society Project, has published Garcia v. Google and a 'Related Rights' Alternative to Copyright in Acting Performances at 24 Yale Law Journal Forum 80 (2014). Here is the abstract. A recent Ninth…
  • Oct 28

    EU Copyright Law and Private Copying

    EU Copyright Law and Private Copying
    João Pedro Quintais, University of Amsterdam, Institute for Information Law (IViR), and University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, is publishing Private Copying and Downloading from Unlawful Sources in the International Review of…
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MediaBerkman

MediaBerkman

Harvard Law School Berkman Center for Internet & Society Podcast.

http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/mediaberkman
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nathuLAW

nathuLAW

Focuses on the interplay between law and education in the Caribbean region, with particular reference to Trinidad and Tobago.

http://nathulaw.com
  • Jul 17

    Think Before You Sue

    Think Before You Sue
    Many persons turn to the courts as a remedy where they feel aggrieved or wronged. Before making the decision to pursue litigation, there are several factors that you should consider. The first step is to identify what type of action that you…
  • Jul 17

    Copyright And Carnival In Focu

    Copyright And Carnival In Focu
    The Trinidad and Tobago Intellectual Property Office and the National Carnival Commission hosted a national seminar on 16th and 17th July, 2014 on the issue of ‘Copyright in the Carnival Industry‘. The feature speakers at the…
  • Jun 9

    The Rights of a Performing Artiste

    The Rights of a Performing Artiste
    Students of the Hugh Wooding Law School Human Rights Law Clinic were each given the opportunity to write an article for the he “Law Made Simple” column in the Trinidad Guardian newspaper. These topics ranged from…
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OberIPWatch

OberIPWatch

Covers IP issues of importance to clients in science, technology, healthcare, education, media and the arts. By Ober Kaler.

http://oberipwatch.com/
  • Jun 16

    Your Image Here: The NCAA Settles with Athletes Over Rights of Publicity

    Your Image Here: The NCAA Settles with Athletes Over Rights of Publicity
    We’re all familiar with video games involving computer-generated depictions of real-life athletes; they are a multi-billion dollar industry.  Under pressure from consumers to make such games more and more realistic, software…
  • Jun 4

    Supreme Court: Federal Circuit got §271(b) wrong and maybe §271(a) as well.

    Supreme Court: Federal Circuit got §271(b) wrong and maybe §271(a) as well.
    At its heart the Internet is an information distribution network and the ease with which all manner of information can be shared instantly has led to numerous innovative methods of doing, well, most anything. A hallmark of patents on such…
  • May 15

    Naturally, litigation results from unsupported advertising claims and undefined terms.

    Naturally, litigation results from unsupported advertising claims and undefined terms.
    The WSJ Corporate Intelligence blog has an interesting article today that highlights the risks inherent in un-vetted advertising claims.  Apparently Proctor & Gamble took issue with “99% Natural” claim that toothpaste…
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One Lawyer's Mission

One Lawyer's Mission

Covers business and finance law in Brooklyn, NY. By Michalczak PLLC.

http://www.onelawyersmission.com/
  • Sep 29

    Transitioning Through an Impossible Dream

    Transitioning Through an Impossible Dream
      Part I: The Universe Will Provide Rewind the astral clock two years in prologue and you might have bumped into me crossing into DUMBO via that majestically elevated Brooklyn Bridge from lower Manhattan, where I had just applied…
  • Jun 26

    Day 37 of the Bodhisattva (in Lent): Dispelling Suffering

    Day 37 of the Bodhisattva (in Lent): Dispelling Suffering
    These are not trivial matters that we have discussed… they are a collection of infinite possibilities of how and why we choose to live!  During the course of the past few months, I have explored a wealth of readings, philosophies,…
  • Apr 22

    Day 36 of the Bodhisattva in Lent: The State of the Mind

    Day 36 of the Bodhisattva in Lent: The State of the Mind
    At times during the harried existence of life, I have felt my days filled with speed races in which my brain attempts to process and analyze so much information and varied detail.  What I have found to be most rewarding and fruitful:…
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Recording Industry vs The People

Recording Industry vs The People

Covers the RIAA's lawsuits of against ordinary working people.

http://recordingindustryvspeople.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 29

    Individual defendants found liable in Grooveshark case

    Individual defendants found liable in Grooveshark case
    In UMG Escape Media, the Court has granted summary judgment finding the individual defendants to be liable for copyright infringement. September 29, 2014, decision granting summary judgment against individual defendants Ray Beckerman, P.C.
  • Sep 29

    New ruling in Capitol v MP3Tunes, reduces punitive damages, denies Robertson motion for new trial

    New ruling in Capitol v MP3Tunes, reduces punitive damages, denies Robertson motion for new trial
    In Capitol Records v. MP3Tunes, the Judge has denied individual defendant Michael Robertson's motion for a new trial, but reduced the punitive damages award on the state law claims for pre-1972 recordings. September 29, 2014, Decision,…
  • Jun 13

    2nd Circuit OK's scanning whole books for research as fair use in Authors Guild v HathiTrust

    2nd Circuit OK's scanning whole books for research as fair use in Authors Guild v HathiTrust
    In Authors Guild v. HathiTrust, the US Court of Appeals has ruled that scanning whole books for research purposes is fair use. In HathiTrust, a group of universities took digital scans prepared by Google and stored them in a "digital…
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Robert Ambrogi's LawSites

Robert Ambrogi's LawSites

Tracking new and intriguing Web sites for the legal profession.

http://www.lawsitesblog.com/
  • Oct 30

    An Upgrade for Merriam-Webster’s Law Dictionary iOS App

    An Upgrade for Merriam-Webster’s Law Dictionary iOS App
    The Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law has been available as an iOS and Android app for more than two years now, but the iOS version just came out in an upgrade that adds new functionality by taking advantage of the new extensions…
  • Oct 28

    Turning Challenges into Opportunities: New Directions for Legal Information Professional

    Turning Challenges into Opportunities: New Directions for Legal Information Professional
    (Last Friday, I spoke at the fall meeting of the Law Librarians of New England and the Association of Boston Law Librarians. I was part of a panel with Stephanie Godley Murphy, manager of research services at Ropes & Gray, on…
  • Oct 27

    New from Avvo: On-Demand, Fixed-Fee Legal Advice

    New from Avvo: On-Demand, Fixed-Fee Legal Advice
    Avvo, Inc. — never a company shy about about pushing the envelope — has just pushed it a bit further, with the launch of Avvo Advisor, a service that provides on-demand legal advice by phone for a fixed fee of $39 for 15 minutes.…
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Statute of RyAnne

Statute of RyAnne

An entertainment and intellectual property blog.

http://www.statuteofryanne.com
  • Oct 24

    Truth in Alcohol Advertising

    Truth in Alcohol Advertising
    A really fun part of my day job is I get the opportunity to review copy related to underwriting spots and promotional material. Broadcasting rules and regulations, like any area of the law, are forever evolving. As you can imagine, the FCC…
  • Oct 17

    How to Find & Hire an Intellectual Property Attorney

    How to Find & Hire an Intellectual Property Attorney
    Each year the National Association of Broadcasters selects a small group of people to take part in their year-long Broadcast Leadership Training program. Participants travel to Washington D.C. one weekend a month for a year to learn the ins…
  • Oct 10

    Copyright Ideas Keep on Turning

    Copyright Ideas Keep on Turning
    The House of Saucier loves Saturday Night Live! We wait in anticipation about who is going to be the hosts, musical guests and the announcement of the new cast members each season. Even when the sketches are bad and miss the mark, they…
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Susan Crawford Blog

Susan Crawford Blog

By Cardozo Law School professor Susan Crawford.

http://scrawford.net/blog/
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Technology & Marketing Law…

Technology & Marketing Law Blog

Covers Internet, technology and online marketing legal issues. Published by Santa Clara University School of Law Professor Eric Goldman.

http://blog.ericgoldman.org/
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TelecomMediaTech Law Blog

TelecomMediaTech Law Blog

Covers telecommunications, media and technology law and policy. By Rini Coran, PC.

http://www.telecommediatechlaw.com
  • Jun 26

    Lessons from Aereo: Laws, Litigation and Loophole

    Lessons from Aereo: Laws, Litigation and Loophole
    In a case with far-reaching implications for the television business, for cloud computing and for new technologies, the U.S. Supreme Court found that Aereo’s online video service infringed copyrights held by television producers,…
  • May 13

    DEATH BY A THOUSAND CUTS: FCC ELIMINATES THE ZAPPLE DOCTRINE

    DEATH BY A THOUSAND CUTS: FCC ELIMINATES THE ZAPPLE DOCTRINE
    The FCC has eliminated the Zapple Doctrine, bringing to a close the last vestige of the Fairness Doctrine.  The Zapple Doctrine required that when a broadcaster provided time to a spokesperson or supporter of one candidate to discuss the…
  • Oct 20

    FCC Reopens; Issues Guidance on Revised Filing Deadline

    FCC Reopens; Issues Guidance on Revised Filing Deadline
    Now that this month's Federal Government shutdown is over, and after a 16-day suspension in normal operations, the Federal Communications Commission has issued a Public Notice announcing revised deadlines for submitting certain FCC filings.…
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TeleFrieden

TeleFrieden

Covers legal, regulatory, marketplace and cultural issues affecting the information, communications and entertainment industries. By Rob Frieden.

http://telefrieden.blogspot.com/
  • Oct 23

    Out of Pocket Costs for Over The Top Applications Like Standalone HBO

    Out of Pocket Costs for Over The Top Applications Like Standalone HBO
                When one accesses HBO via cable television and other multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs”), the subscription price covers both content and conduit. …
  • Oct 16

    Presentation on Sports Telecommunications Issue

    Presentation on Sports Telecommunications Issue
          In the last few days there have been several significant developments in the IPTV and sports/entertainment marketplace.  The FCC may treat Over the Top video programmers as multichannel video programming…
  • Oct 15

    HBO and Extreme Disintermediation

    HBO and Extreme Disintermediation
          HBO announced today its intention to offer access to its content via the Internet without proof of a cable or satellite television subscription.  See http://time.com/3510434/hbo-online-streaming/. …
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The Dotted Line Reporter

The Dotted Line Reporter

Entertainment Law Blog & Community. By Christoffer Gaddini.

http://dlreporter.com/
  • Oct 28

    Hollywood Horror Nights Review

    Hollywood Horror Nights Review
    Generally on this blog you can catch up-to-date reviews of all the latest movies, spanning nearly all genres. And, while I still have yet to write one (my wallet and LA theaters are NOT friends right now) I figured I would review the…
  • Oct 27

    The World Of Product Placement In Music Video

    The World Of Product Placement In Music Video
    On September 29th, The Independent reported that Universal Music Group had closed a deal with MirriAd, an advertising company which created technology allowing its user to swap out product placements in their music videos.[1] Product…
  • Oct 24

    How to Obtain Live Performance Rights for Sheet Music

    How to Obtain Live Performance Rights for Sheet Music
    If you’re a musician like me, you enjoy any kind of performance opportunity. You love playing/singing in every venue from coffee shops to major concert halls. Weddings, recitals, fundraisers, you name it, you do it. You probably…
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The First: First Amendment…

The First: First Amendment Project's Weblog

Covers First Amendment Issues. From the First Amendment Project.

http://www.thefirstamendment.org/blog/
  • Dec 21

    Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Condemn No Evil

    Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Condemn No Evil
    The latest issue of Index on Censorship magazine includes an interview with Jytte Klausen about her new book on the Danish cartoons crisis and why Yale University Press chose to publish it without any illustrations. Index on Censorship…
  • Oct 13

    Ralph Lauren: Impossibly Skinny, Impossibly Fashionable

    Ralph Lauren: Impossibly Skinny, Impossibly Fashionable
    Yep. Believe it or not, the Ralph Lauren model above has not been manipulated. At least not by me. By Ralph's fashion empire. He placed her in a slightly different context however. Note the body types though. Spot any differences?I cannot…
  • Sep 7

    Anonymity: Social responsibility, civility...or fear?

    Anonymity: Social responsibility, civility...or fear?
    An article in the New York Times, China Web Sites Seeking Users’ Names, reveals a new intrusion by Chinese authorities. This argument against anonymity has been made here in the United States as well. Recently Google revealed the name of a…
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The M.E.L.O.N. Feed

The M.E.L.O.N. Feed

Covers multimedia and entertainment law news. By Berman Entertainment & Technology Law.

http://beatblog.typepad.com/melon/
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The Unruly of Law

The Unruly of Law

Reports on media law cases, developments in new media and traditional journalism. By Sheldon Toplitt.

http://theunrulyoflaw.blogspot.com/
  • Dec 24

    TUOL's 1,900 Milestone, Kidney Stone & A New Chapter...

    TUOL's 1,900 Milestone, Kidney Stone & A New Chapter...
    The Unruly of Law today published its 1,900th post. That's pretty amazing, we state unabashedly, and in disbelief. The Unruly of Law today is included among the American Bar Association's Legal Blogs and Justia's Law Blogs.When "TUOL" began…
  • Dec 24

    Hulu Can't Shake Privacy Suit

    Hulu Can't Shake Privacy Suit
     (Photo credit: Wikipedia)United States Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler last week denied a summary judgment motion by Hulu, LLC, to dismiss a putative class action invasion of privacy suit brought by users of the on-demand streaming video…
  • Dec 24

    Magazine Media Giant Bolsters TV Holding

    Magazine Media Giant Bolsters TV Holding
    Image via CrunchBaseDes Moines-based Meredith Corp. has added to its stable of tv stations by acquiring two stations from Gannett Co. for $407 million, mediabistro.com FishbowlNY reported.Meredith adds Top 25 Market St. Louis' KMOV-TV and…
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The Volokh Conspiracy

The Volokh Conspiracy

By Eugene Volokh, Dale Carpenter, David Kopel, David Bernstein, David Post, Erik Jaffe, Ilya Somin, Jim Lindgren, Jonathan Adler, Kevan Choset, Orin Kerr, Randy Barnett, Russell Korobkin, Sasha Volokh, Stuart Benjamin, Todd Zywicki & Tyler Cowen.

http://www.volokh.com/
  • Oct 30

    [Eugene Volokh] Judge Andrew J. Guilford, “Modern headings to head readers the right way”

    [Eugene Volokh] Judge Andrew J. Guilford, “Modern headings to head readers the right way”
    I thought I’d pass along this very interesting article by Judge Andrew J. Guilford, from today’s L.A. Daily Journal. I think the heading style he suggests is functionally better in many ways, for the reasons he mentions. The risk,…
  • Oct 30

    [David Post] Does the stairway to heaven go through the Eastern District of Pennsylvania?

    [David Post] Does the stairway to heaven go through the Eastern District of Pennsylvania?
    A lawsuit brought against the members of Led Zeppelin on behalf of the heirs of Randy Craig Wolfe (aka Randy California), alleging that the iconic opening riff of Stairway to Heaven – a song that routinely shows up at or near the top of…
  • Oct 30

    [Orin Kerr] 2015 Supplement to Computer Crime Law

    [Orin Kerr] 2015 Supplement to Computer Crime Law
    Pardon the parochial post, but I wanted to let professors and students who are using my Computer Crime Law casebook next semester to know that a 2015 Supplement will be available for use starting in the Spring 2015 semester. I’ve been…
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this WEEK in LAW

this WEEK in LAW

Denise Howell and guests discuss technology law. From the TWiT netcast network.

http://twit.tv/twil
  • Oct 24

    TWiL 280: Touched by a Voting Machine

    TWiL 280: Touched by a Voting Machine
    Hosts: Denise Howell. Using big data to help cure Cancer, track Ebola and improve patient care, defamation and social media, why can't we vote online? And more! Guests: Greg R. Vetter, Jonathan Frieden and Lindsey Rogers Cook Download…
  • Oct 17

    TWiL 279: Blame Kevin

    TWiL 279: Blame Kevin
    Hosts: Denise Howell. Legal answers to cyber-gambling, Silk Road defendant Ross Ulbricht's catch-22, privacy implications with archiving the web and more. Guests: Michael Nelson, Ron Rychlak and Kevin Thompson Photo credit: John Seb…
  • Oct 10

    TWiL 278: Schroedinger's Crypto

    TWiL 278: Schroedinger's Crypto
    Hosts: Denise Howell. This week Denise Howell talks to a panel of experts on Cryptocurrency and how Bitcoin technology help can possibly help save journalism, the arts, and Ebola? Guests: Warren Allen, Peter Van Valkenburgh and Aaron J.…
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TIPS: Perspectives on Intellectual…

TIPS: Perspectives on Intellectual Property Law

Covers traditional intellectual property (copyrights, patents and trademarks) and more nuanced areas of law, including media, technology, franchising, e-commerce, entertainment and advertising.By Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP.

http://www.wallertips.com/
  • Aug 1

    Some Hospital Systems Under Attack By Cyber-Criminals Using Denial of Service Attack

    Some Hospital Systems Under Attack By Cyber-Criminals Using Denial of Service Attack
    Hospital emergency rooms are our first line of defense for actual attacks and emergencies, but in some cases ERs are finding themselves literally under cyber-attack. Recent law enforcement notices warn that telephone access to ER’s has…
  • Jun 11

    The TTAB Did Not Love New York

    The TTAB Did Not Love New York
    Brand owners, marketers, and in-house counsel should be cognizant of the legal implications of selecting geographical terms for the name of a product. Waller intellectual property attorney, William F. Wilson, was recently published in the…
  • May 13

    The Ninth Circuit Holds that Cancellation of a Trademark is a Remedy, Not a Cause of Action

    The Ninth Circuit Holds that Cancellation of a Trademark is a Remedy, Not a Cause of Action
    Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP attorney, Bob Felber, was recently published in the International Trademark Association’s (INTA) Bulletin where he discussed, Airs Aromatics, LLC v. Victoria’s Secret Stores Brand Management,…
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TMT Law Watch

TMT Law Watch

Features business, legal and policy developments affecting the telecom, media and technology sector. By K&L Gates.

http://www.tmtlawwatch.com
  • Oct 30

    FCC Expands Enforcement Authority Over Privacy Violation

    FCC Expands Enforcement Authority Over Privacy Violation
    By Jenny Paul The Federal Communications Commission announced Friday a proposed fine of $10 million against two telecom carriers for the alleged failure to protect the sensitive personal information of up to 305,000 of their Lifeline…
  • Oct 28

    Marriott agrees to $600,000 penalty for blocking personal hotspot

    Marriott agrees to $600,000 penalty for blocking personal hotspot
    By Nickolas Milonas Marriott International, Inc. recently entered into a Consent Decree with the Federal Communications Commission to end an investigation into whether the company intentionally disabled consumers’ personal Wi-Fi hotspot…
  • Oct 8

    Railroad to Pay $5.25 Million For Operating Licenses Without FCC Approval

    Railroad to Pay $5.25 Million For Operating Licenses Without FCC Approval
     By Jenny Paul and Marty Stern Canadian National Railway Company agreed to pay a civil penalty of $5.25 million to settle the Federal Communications Commission’s investigation into its acquisition and operation of hundreds of…
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Tom Buscaglia: The Game Attorney

Tom Buscaglia: The Game Attorney

Covers computer game and technology law.

http://gameattorney.com/blog
  • Jun 26

    Some thoughts as IGDA Board of Directors Chair

    Some thoughts as IGDA Board of Directors Chair
    Tom gives his thoughts on becoming the Chair of the IGDA Board of Directors and the core values and mission of that organization
  • Jan 29

    Don’t Tread on Spry Fox!

    Don’t Tread on Spry Fox!
    My law clerk, Andrew Berrier, sent me an email last week asking what one could do if a client came in with a complaint similar to Nimblebit’s outrage at the cloning of its Tiny Tower by Zynga. As General Counsel for indie developer Spry…
  • Oct 5

    IGDA Foundation Charity Dinner to Feature John Romero and David Jaffe

    IGDA Foundation Charity Dinner to Feature John Romero and David Jaffe
    The Second Annual IGDA Foundation Charity Dinner will be on the evening of Thursday, October 27th at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, LAX, in Los Angeles, in conjunction with this year’s IGDA Leadership Forum. This year John Romero will be…
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Watching the Connectives

Watching the Connectives

Covers telecoms and technology. By Olswang.

http://robbratby.com/
  • Oct 6

    Are Singapore’s Monetary Authority’s proposed outsourcing rules clear enough?

    Are Singapore’s Monetary Authority’s proposed outsourcing rules clear enough?
    The Monetary Authority of Singapore  (“MAS“) is consulting on a new notice and guidelines on outsourcing. Having already commented on its positive message for cloud services, this post addresses the…
  • Sep 19

    MAS Embraces Cloud: A Silver Lining

    MAS Embraces Cloud: A Silver Lining
    There should be relief at the moment felt by financial institutions and cloud service providers alike, following the release of the MAS’s consultation on the proposed new outsourcing notice and updated guidelines as mentioned in…
  • Sep 9

    Responsible investment in Myanmar

    Responsible investment in Myanmar
    Myanmar is a country with tremendous opportunities, but also tremendous risks. I was fortunate enough to host and chair a seminar in Singapore yesterday on responsible investment into Myanmar. Introduction by Rt. Hon Hugo Swire MP…
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