App Developers Get More Guidance for Complying With COPPA

After giving the mobile app industry a few years of heartburn over the breadth and ambiguity of its expanded Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule, the Federal Trade Commission has gradually begun to provide some much-needed clarity. Earlier this month, the FTC revised three portions of “Part H” in its online FAQs, which deal with how entities […]

Augmented Reality and the Law of Trespass

Last week I wrote about the real estate as an arena for digital interactions, and suggested that some landowners would encourage this sort of thing by intentionally developing their land for that purpose. The flip side of “digital developers” and planned AR gaming activities, however, is when people congregate on someone’s property for the same activities […]

You Don’t Have to Give in to Yelp! Bullies

Last year, a local family contacted me about a demand letter they received from a nearby business. That business had served them poorly, and they said so in a review they posted on Yelp!, the popular social media review site. As more and more companies are doing, this business responded not by improving their services or apologizing […]

Why Software Startups Need to Register Their Copyrights Now

When it comes to building an IP portfolio, patents aren’t the only–or even necessarily the most important–ingredient. I am consistently surprised by the number of software startups who spend their last nickel on patent applications, but never even consider dropping $35 to register a copyright. The fact is that copyright registration offers many of the same […]