TOS….What’s the big deal….

Terms of service (ToS) are the rules and regulations that govern websites and apps. In general these terms are pretty standard but more importantly, users are often required to accept the ToS in order to reach the game, video, or information they’re trying to access. Clicking through the ToS has become a part of the […]

Twitter versus New York

New York State has sent a subpoena to Twitter requiring them to turn over the user information and past tweets of Malcolm Harris, but Twitter is contesting the subpoena and fighting for Harris’s right to privacy. Harris was arrested in relation to an Occupy Wall Street protest in October 2011 and allegedly tweeted during the […]

Changes in CA Privacy Law May Affect How You Do Business

As more private information is stored on company databases, states have responded with stricter laws regarding how companies must handle a security breach that puts clients’ personal information at risk. California has historically had high standards for protecting individuals’ private information, and an amendment to the existing law, effective January 1, 2012, places new requirements […]

Who owns your Twitter?

Over the past few years, social media has become much more than a personal endeavor. Companies use social media such as Twitter both to advertise to existing customers and to attract new ones. Individuals tweet on behalf of the company But the legal question of when an employee’s tweets become company property is one that […]

Way to Go Grindr

I want to congratulate Grindr for winning a TechCrunch Crunchie award for the best location application 2011. Grindr went up against a strong field of candidates in this new category, including:  AirBnB, Foursquare, Runkeeper and Uber. I was fortunate to join Joel and Scott of Grindr at the award ceremony last week.  Congratulations to a great community and management […]

The case for crowdfunding legislation: lessons from California

One of key questions that remains in the debate over crowdfunding is the extent to which proposed federal legislation should preempt state regulation of these activities. Both the House bill, and to a greater extent, the Senate bill attempt to prevent states for adding additional state regulation that could impede the implementation of a national program. […]

Crowdfunding and social media: is it a symbiotic relationship?

For crowdfunding to be successful, communities, whether local or national, must be involved.  As a result, social media has become a critical component of crowdfunding.  Indeed, one might wonder if the two are so intertwined as to be impossible to separate.  Crowdfunding relies on people of shared interests supporting an entrepreneur, what better way to […]

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