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What Is the Metaverse and What Legal Issues Does It Raise?

The metaverse may seem like a new techie game, but it is a real and growing digital world that raises a host of financial, business and legal issues.  For those who want to take advantage of the opportunities it may offer, consulting knowledgeable professionals will be essential to help make well-informed decisions and minimize risks.

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Consumer Privacy Rights Expand with New York City’s Biometric Identifier Information Law

Beginning July 9, 2021, New York City commercial establishments must meet new requirements regarding any collection, sale, or exchange of consumer’s biometric identifier information.  The New York City Biometric Identifier Information Law is an important step forward in safeguarding consumer privacy and individuals should know their rights.  Businesses also must be aware of their new

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Mixer’s Shuttering and Lessons for the Future of Streaming

At the end of June, Microsoft announced the closure of its esports streaming service, Mixer.  Since Microsoft’s acquisition and rebranding of Beam in 2016, Mixer had a polarizing and brief existence.  Despite a technologically impressive service and a community of dedicated streamers and viewers, Mixer’s viewership numbers never put more than a modest dent in

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Finding Safe Harbor; Navigating a DMCA Takedown Notice

Updated: June 30, 2020 If you run a website that hosts user-generated content, or are yourself a user of social media or a cloud-based storage service, you have likely heard of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, or DMCA, codified as 17 U.S.C. §512.  The DMCA is the federal law that expanded the ability to enforce copyright to

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Hiding something on your private Facebook account? Not in New York

Updated: June 25, 2021 Your social media posts may have a bigger impact than you realize, especially if you have a case pending in court – even if your account is set to “Private”.  In the case of Forman v. Henkin, in 2018, the highest Court in New York State established that normal discovery rules apply to

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Hey, that’s my domain!

Business is diverted from successful websites every day.  Anyone can register a name, or any variation of an existing name, for a small fee.  There are few checks and balances with registration of a domain name, so anyone can register and even domains obviously similar to yours may be approved without question.  Registration doesn’t require

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Should Your Small Business Accept Bitcoin?

Bitcoin has been making national headlines.  Supporters of the trending peer-to-peer cryptocurrency continue to sing praises of its benefits, while critics have highlighted a number of problems that have plagued the Bitcoin movement. Since its inception in 2009, businesses have been on the fence about whether to accept Bitcoin as payment for their goods or

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POTUS’s War Against Patent Trolls Could Save Your Small Business

The White House has announced three new executive orders in its ongoing effort to shore up the U.S. patent system.  “Patent trolls”—also known as patent assertion entities (“PAEs”) or non-practicing entities (“NPEs”)—are giving inventors and business owners headaches. President Barack Obama, hoping for help from Congress and the courts, wants to improve the patent system

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Net Neutrality: What Next?

One month after the Washington, D.C. federal appeals court struck down FCC net neutrality rules, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has announced that the Commission will not appeal the decision. Following the Verizon v. FCC ruling, companies are feeling the immediate impact of Internet providers restricting the flow of their online information.  While the FCC gears

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Regulation of virtual currency: is it inevitable?

New forms of virtual currency, such as Bitcoin, continue to garner attention.  Bitcoin began to rise in popularity, presumably to some extent, because it is not currently restricted by the laws or regulations of any jurisdiction. Due in part to this lack of regulation, the rate of fraud and online scheming seems to be extremely

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