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Protecting Proprietary Systems

Businesses whose livelihood depends on proprietary technology must be vigilant in protecting that technology. Those who use others’ proprietary systems should strive to respect attendant use restrictions. Earlier this month, Office Future Systems Inc. (OFS) filed a...

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Uses of Image Search Technology

Shazura, a Spanish-based company, has developed technology that converts images, including videos and photos, into numbers to retrieve matches through its ever-increasing database. One of the potential applications of this technology is to fuel a search engine for...

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Implications of “Always On” Technology

What do Samsung’s SmartTV, the Xbox One and Google’s Chromium browser have in common? According to the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), each are among the increasing number of “always on” devices that may be recording conversations of individuals without...

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Mandating Enhanced Payment Security

Last fall, President Obama signed an Executive Order calling for federal agencies to begin implementing “chip and PIN” technology for government payment transactions. The implementation must be completed by April 2016. In the meantime, Virginia has become the first...

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Data Breach and Insurance

One strategy that businesses use to protect against data breach losses is to obtain insurance coverage. Sometimes litigation ensues over the nature and extent of coverage or even whether another party is ultimately responsible for the loss. Here are two recent...

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Service of Process via Facebook

Ossian Law P.C.   IT Law Alert April 1, 2015 Service of Process via Facebook: Since 2012, a number of federal trial courts have been asked to allow summons and complaints to be served on defendants through Facebook. Some, but not all, of these requests have been...

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Small Businesses Sued Over Software Use

Ossian Law P.C. IT Law Alert January 6, 2015   Small Businesses Sued Over Software Use: What do a dry cleaning service, web design firm and gentlemen’s club have in common? All three small businesses obtained “live” spokesperson software for their web sites from...

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Court Enforces Terms Linked in Email

Ossian Law P.C. IT Law Alert December 16, 2014   Court Enforces Terms Linked in Email: As more and more business is conducted via email, courts are increasingly finding that such communications may be binding contracts between parties. Recently, a federal judge in New...

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Online Grocer Settles ADA Claim

Ossian Law P.C. IT Law Alert December 2, 2014 Online Grocer Settles ADA Claim: Peapod, LLC owns and operates a website (peapod.com) and mobile apps that allow users to buy groceries for home delivery in various states. The federal government initiated a compliance...

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Managing Vendor Cybersecurity Gaps

Ossian Law P.C. IT Law Alert November 4, 2014 Managing Vendor Cybersecurity Gaps: Every week, we hear of another major retailer or financial institution experiencing a data breach. Your organization may take reasonable and appropriate measures to secure data and...

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LinkedIn Contacts as Trade Secrets?

Ossian Law P.C. IT Law Alert October 1, 2014 LinkedIn Contacts as Trade Secrets? About 100 million people use the business social media site LinkedIn. Could an employee’s LinkedIn contacts be considered the employer’s trade secrets? This question is pending in a...

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Scrapers Beware!

Ossian Law P.C. IT Law Alert August 4, 2014 Scrapers Beware! Scraping is the act of taking content from a web site and using it on another site, often with the help of automated software. Travel sites and social media platforms have been targets for scraping, which is...

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The Foibles of Misdirected Email

Ossian Law P.C. IT Law Alert July 15, 2014 The Foibles of Misdirected Email: The potential for sending an email message to the wrong person is ever present. Functions like auto-loading of addresses and auto- correct, while convenient, can lead to misdirected messages....

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Court Strikes CFAA Claim as Untimely

Ossian Law P.C. IT Alert: April 16, 2014 Court Strikes CFAA Claim As Untimely: The federal Computer Fraud & Abuse Act (“CFAA”) prohibits fraud and other harmful acts committed by accessing a computer. The CFAA contains a two-year statute of limitations, beginning...

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Facebook Post Voids $80,000 Settlement

March 17, 2014 Ossian Law P.C. IT Law Alert Facebook Post Voids $80,000 Settlement: Settlement agreements often include a clause prohibiting the parties from disclosing the terms of settlement. This clause would be breached if a party convened a press conference to...

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Reacting to Negative Online Reviews

March 3, 2014 Ossian Law P.C. IT Law Alert Reacting to Negative Online Reviews: Your organization may become the subject of negative comments on its social media page or a third party site. How should you react? A review of two recent contested incidents may be...

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A New Twist on Cybersquatting

Ossian Law February 17, 2014 IT Law Update A New Twist on Cybersquatting: The Anti Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (“ACPA”) is now 15 years old. Most ACPA violations involve a party who registers a domain that is the same or similar to another’s trademark who...

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Time for a Standard Data Security Law?

Ossian Law February 3, 2014 IT Law Update Time for a Standard Data Security Law? After the Target and Neiman Marcus data breaches, it’s not surprising that members of Congress are proposing new federal data security laws. Among them is the Data Security Act of 2014 (S...

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Should Your Business Accept Bitcoin?

Ossian Law P.C. IT Law Alert January 16, 2014 Should Your Business Accept Bitcoin? Recently, a number of Metro Detroit businesses started accepting Bitcoin, a decentralized currency that is created solely through cryptography. Individuals and businesses using Bitcoin...

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Google Glass: Seeing Legal Risks

December 2, 2013 IT Law Alert Google Glass: Seeing Legal Risks Google Glass, the latest in wearable technology, should be commercially available in 2014. Resembling futuristic eyewear, the device has a tiny screen located over the user’s right eye that includes...

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Are Your Online Terms Enforceable?

Ossian Law P.C. November 18, 2013 IT Law Alert Are Your Online Terms Enforceable? Businesses are increasingly incorporating online terms in contracts with customers, suppliers and others. Such terms are efficient and convenient for the contracting parties, but may not...

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The Pros and Cons of Dotless Domains

IT Alerts The Pros and Cons of Dotless Domains: Would you like a domain name free of .com, .net , etc? If dotless domains were allowed, http://strategy could be an Internet destination. What are the associated benefits and the risks? The Internet Corporation for...

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