Denise Howell

<p>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. For further details please see her <a href="http://www.bagandbaggage.com/practice/">professional background</a> and <a href="http://www.bagandbaggage.com/speaking/">speaking schedule</a>.</p> <p>Denise's career is characterized by her passionate engagement in intellectual property issues, technology, media, and all forms of online communication. She writes one of the first law-related weblogs, <a href="http://bagandbaggage.com/">Bag and Baggage</a> and coined the term "blawg" as shorthand for legal weblog. She hosts <a href="http://twit.tv/twil">this WEEK in LAW</a> on <a href="http://twit.tv/">TWiT,</a> probing the areas where technology and society intersect in ways that present new, unique, or difficult issues under existing and developing law, and has a further audio series at IT Conversations, <a href="http://soundpolicy.net/">Sound Policy</a>. She is a regular columnist for The American Lawyer magazine. Denise is a member of the <a href="http://identitygang.org/">Identity Gang</a>, <a href="http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/projectvrm/Main_Page">Project VRM</a>, a board member of the <a href="http://attentiontrust.org/">Attention Trust</a>, and an advisory board member of <a href="http://lisensa.com/">Lisensa</a>/<a href="http://www.toptensources.com/">Top Ten Media</a> and the <a href="http://lpig.org/">Law and Policy Institutions Guide</a></p>

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Monetizing the urge to recommend

Monetizing the urge to recommend

Among the things given away freely by many Live Web participants during the holidays are unsolicited product reviews and gift buying advice. Is it possible to associate financial remuneration with such activity while still preserving the integrity of the recommendation process? If so, AttentionTrust may be among the first to chart the course, and open digital identity schemes will likely play a key role.

December 8, 2006 by in Amazon

UMG sues MySpace in a no-lose proposition, draws Grokster judge

UMG sues MySpace in a no-lose proposition, draws Grokster judge

After its negotiations with MySpace broke down, there was no downside to Universal Music Group suing MySpace for copyright infringement. The suit will be a significant factor in any future negotiations, and can be dismissed down the road without terribly dire consequences if UMG so chooses. Should the suit go forward, it is slated to do so in front of Stephen V. Wilson, the trial judge in MGM v. Grokster.

November 20, 2006 by in Legal

California Supreme Court says individuals not liable for defamatory online third party acts

California Supreme Court says individuals not liable for defamatory online third party acts

In a controversial and somewhat rogue decision, in Barrett v. Rosenthal the California Court of Appeal found a newsgroup user subject to defamation liability for posting a third party's comments. In a decision that brings California law in line with the realities of modern Internet usage and recognizes the desire of Congress to protect online speech, the state's Supreme Court has reversed this decision.

November 20, 2006 by in Legal

In Second Life, those on 'Candid Copybot' aren't smiling

In Second Life, those on 'Candid Copybot' aren't smiling

A CopyBot tool that replicates in-game assets has some Second Life users in an uproar. But is the best solution to ban such tools or, as with real world copy machines and digital media, let them find their place in the Second Life economy and intellectual property framework? Linden Labs' answer to this question will say much about how its in-world IP system will mirror or perhaps improve on that which exists in the real world.

November 15, 2006 by in Legal

"The Pirate and the Suit" at Web 2.0

"The Pirate and the Suit" at Web 2.0

The music industry continues to grapple with the world of user generated content, but will it change rapidly enough to ride this wave to its future? At Web 2.0, EMI's David Munns gives insights but not many reasons to hope.

November 9, 2006 by in Legal

Fenwick puts bloglaw front and center with its Web 2.0 sponsorship

Fenwick puts bloglaw front and center with its Web 2.0 sponsorship

Silicon Valley law firm Fenwick & West could have chosen to market any of its practices in connection with sponsoring Web 2.0. In the past, a brochure on its intellectual property, corporate, or litigation practices might have been offered. But this year, Fenwick wants attendees to focus on the risks and rewards of blogging.

November 8, 2006 by in Legal

Michael Crook gets publicity as defendant, but probably has no publicity defense

Michael Crook gets publicity as defendant, but probably has no publicity defense

It's not hard to dislike Michael Crook, a person who played fast and loose with the trust and personal information of various Craigslisters, then used the DMCA to stop online outlets from running an unflattering photo with their coverage. EFF has used his actions as a platform to highlight DMCA abuses by filing a related lawsuit. But does Crook have other legal grounds for objecting to the unauthorized use of his likeness? In this context, probably not.

November 3, 2006 by in Legal

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