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.

Latest Posts

Kindling a controversy

Ed Champion is investigating whether certain bloggers included in Amazon's Kindle launch were made "Kindle Blogs" without authorization or licensing. He cites two examples (Daniel McGowan and Cork Gaines) of bloggers who apparently are included in the Kindle Store without their permission.

November 20, 2007 by Denise Howell


Death 2.0

The recent and unexpected passing of my grandmother (she was the only 98-year-old I've known who could, and did, blindside hundreds with her death) opened my eyes to the fact that death in 2007 has become an online, interactive experience. The mortuary partnered with MeM.

November 14, 2007 by Denise Howell


It's officially a bubble

Forget about things like the fact Google's at $741 and Apple's at $191. Were you to try to rent a car at San Jose Airport tomorrow (Wednesday), you would discover that every single vehicle — from every single carrier — is spoken for.

November 6, 2007 by Denise Howell


Are satellite shows and podcasts accessiblity-equivalent?

Robert Scoble is wondering whether accessibility laws may cripple videocasts (and presumably podcasts). Scott Bourne had an interesting (if inconclusive) post on the subject last year, and the head lemur posits that the touchstone (in the context of the Target case presently in the news) may be whether or not you're doing e-commerce.

October 15, 2007 by Denise Howell


WikiPatents: 1 year old and 10 million entries

WikiPatents, "a public community that reviews US patents and pending patent applications," is one year old and now home to information and commentary about over 10 million patents and patent applications. It also is as far as I know the only place you can sort patent data by whether the invention in question is amusing, clever, complex, efficient, historic, important, innovative, interesting, practical or simple.

October 15, 2007 by Denise Howell


In the trenches with Live Web law at EFF's Bootcamp

If you're doing business on the Live Web, get thee this Wednesday, October 10, to EFF's Bootcamp, "a one-day session for Web 2.0 workers on user generated content:"Does your interactive company have to contend with the maze of laws dealing with user privacy and publishing user content?

October 8, 2007 by Denise Howell

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Creative Commons, the Live Web, and quickie divorce info centers

Dennis Kennedy pointed me to Shelley Powers, who pointed me in turn to Slashdot and Professor Lessig. All concern a lawsuit pending in Dallas, TX against Virgin Mobile and Creative Commons concerning Virgin's advertising use of a minor's picture posted by the girl's youth counselor to Flickr under a CC-Attribution license (which permits commercial use).

September 26, 2007 by Denise Howell


Why McLuhan was right when it comes to attention

Through his always enriching podcast, I've heard Cory Doctorow give variations on his privacy talk at least five or six times over the last year. The most current iteration is available at Intel's/Josh Bancroft's BitStories.

September 25, 2007 by Denise Howell


IP and the user generated economy at TechCrunch40

Some very competitively interesting Web companies are being launched and/or featured today and tomorrow at TechCrunch40. In the wrap-up portion of the Community Collaboration session, former Napster executive Don Dodge was quick to note that many of these companies depend on user submissions and uploads to populate their services, and they need to be managing the IP considerations on the front end.

September 17, 2007 by Denise Howell