Bodies as IP: Does the Right of Publicity Objectify Women?

This article poses a question to which I honestly don’t know the answer: is it good public policy to say that being physically attractive is all someone needs to have an enforceable right of publicity?  On one hand, defining the right of publicity in that way empowers attractive people (almost always young women) to stop […]

Cutting-Edge Diva: Virtual Assistants and the Right of Publicity

Inspiration can come from the most unlikely of sources.  Newton, for example, is reputed to have worked out his theory of gravity when an apple fell on his head. And I got the idea for this blog post from watching the latest episode of Drop Dead Diva, a legal dramedy on the Lifetime Network. Let’s […]

[In Brief] Federal Agencies Pulling Out the Stops to Regulate Mobile Privacy

There is a full-court press underway among federal agencies to regulate the privacy of mobile applications.  Just a few examples: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a Public Notice requesting comments on wireless service providers’ privacy and data security practices with respect to information stored on their customers’ mobile communications devices. The comment period is […]

FCC Releases Report on Geolocational Privacy [ALERT]

On May 25, 2012, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a report with the opaque title “Location-Based Services: An Overview of Opportunities and Other Considerations.”  The report outlines the growing use of location-based services (LBS) in navigation, tracking, social networking, gaming, retail, real estate, advertising, news, weather, device management, and public safety applications, and government […]

ICANN Releases List of New gTLD Applications [ALERT]

Today the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) released its list of more than 1900 new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) applications.  Many of the applications are unsurprising.  For example, Apple has applied to register .APPLE; the Better Business Bureau has applied for .BBB; and so on.  But others will be more contested.  […]

For Your Social Media Policy, NLRB Says: Think Walmart

Walmart represents many things to many people.  For Lafe E. Solomon, Acting General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, it represents the perfect social media policy.  On May 30, 2012, the NLRB released the third of Solomon’s reports on social media and federal labor relations law (read about the first two here and here). […]