Denise Howell

Denise Howell is an appellate, intellectual property and technology lawyer who enjoys broad industry recognition for her expertise on the intersection of emerging technologies and law.

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Public figures, private lives, amorphous standards, and indeterminate laws

Reuters held a Newsmaker Event in New York recently it would have been interesting to attend; but for it being on an inconvenient coast I gladly would have gone:PUBLIC FIGURES, PRIVATE LIVES -A panel of experts debate how far the media should delve into the private lives of public figures*Do celebrities and politicians have a right to private lives?*Where does the public interest argument stop?

October 25, 2006 by Denise Howell


Contribute to the Election Day Bloggers' Legal Guide

From the Center for Citizen Media comes this call for questions in advance of the November 7 general elections:Lots of bloggers are planning to cover the 2006 general elections on November 7. But what are the legal issues that you need to understand?

October 25, 2006 by Denise Howell


On bet the company issues, it's far better to be a litigant than a bystander

As I mentioned last week, the most telling insights for me on the news of Google's acquisition of YouTube came from EFF's Fred von Lohmann, who discussed the importance for a company like Google of participation in the judicial lawmaking process.  Members of Google's legal team underscore this point in their comments to New York Times writer Katie Hafner for her story, We're Google, So Sue Us:Michael Kwun, a senior litigation counsel at Google, agreed that "the Geico case was very important.

October 22, 2006 by Denise Howell


Good stuff I'd blog more about...

...if I weren't primarily on sick child duty this week: CC Chapman knows more about podcasts and music licensing than just about anyone, so when he talks about the two it's well worth a listen.

October 18, 2006 by Denise Howell

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Suing Grouper defies logic

It's no surprise to me that a big player plaintiff was imminently to press the issue of whether online video sharing sites may shelter safely within the DMCA's safe harbor provisions.  But why would Universal Music choose Grouper, a recent Sony acquisition, as a defendant?

October 18, 2006 by Denise Howell


Second Life may give new meaning to e-filing

Second Life and similar virtual worlds give rise to a seemingly endless stream of provocative legal issues, and now it seems even Congress agrees.  Techmeme is highlighting a complementary duo of stories on this day that happens to be the deadline for filing an '05 U.

October 16, 2006 by Denise Howell


Sign of a sea change

This is the way a titan ends, not with a bang, but with a squadron of emaciated temps brought in to march picket-like promotional signs up and down Newport Boulevard (and no doubt Sunset Boulevard); sullen attendants in a funeral procession.As Charles Andrews writes,If you read the business pages, it was not news that giant music retailer Tower Records was in trouble.

October 15, 2006 by Denise Howell