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American Bar Ass’n to distribute FBI cyber-threat warnings

April 12, 2016 – In the wake of headlines detailing cyber-breaches at some of the most prominent law firms in the U.S., the President of the American Bar Association this morning sent a letter to its members, advising that from now on we will receive FBI Amber Alerts with intelligence that warn of cyber-threats to the legal industry.

Internet connectivity is the new “electricity”: Underwriters Labs (UL) meet The Third Wave

UL logo Underwriters LaboratoriesSince 1894, Underwriters Laboratories (UL) have been providing safety certification for products, especially those with electrical cords. On April 5, 2016, they announced that they’re extending their reach to cybersecurity.  UL will test and certify products that are increasingly becoming elements of the Internet of Things.

Steve Case‘s book “The Third Wave,” coincidentally also published on April 5th, is right on point:

“The Third Wave is the era when the Internet stops belonging to Internet companies. It is the era in which products will require the Internet, even if the Internet doesn’t define them. It is the era when the term ‘Internet-enabled’ will start to sound as ludicrous as the term ‘electricity-enabled,’ as if either were notable differentiators.”

Similar drawings, copyright infringement? Art Seidel showed a jury the answer was NO.

I’m breaking my arm patting myself on the back … at least for being quick on the draw.

I was able to come up with an additional answer to the following question, moments after it was posted on Avvo.com:

Q: Can I use mythological creatures on a card game?: Are mythological creatures, such as chimeras, wyverns, cerberus, mermaids, spirits, dragons, etc. of public domain? What I mean with this is, may I use this concepts on a card game without facing any possible sues for trademark or copyright infringements based on the character concepts?

Considering the artwork won’t be exact copies of any existing card game or illustration made before. Just the concept like: dragon.

A couple of other lawyers had already responded within minutes, but brownie points were available for a third answer if provided immediately.  I recalled an excellent article about a successful copyright infringement defense that I’d read years ago in The Philadelphia Lawyer.  And I recalled that Art’s firm had posted the article on the Web.  So I immediately found the link to it and posted:

A: Gerry’s answer: This was a good question, and attorneys Jacobson and Michelen provided some good answers.

From a copyright standpoint, you want to minimize the likelihood that you’d be creating a “derivative work.”

See this article by attorney Art Seidel http://www.drinkerbiddle.com/Templates/media/files/publications/2001/a-case-of-variations-on-a-theme.pdf

It tells the story of how he successfully defended a claim that a particular artist had created a “derivative work” depicting cardinal birds from a copyrighted work that the artist had previously sold to the Franklin Mint.

If you haven’t already read Art’s story, now’s a good time to enjoy it.  What a brilliant litigator he was!

 

Gerry Elman and Josh Waterston presented cybersecurity seminar at Delaware County Bar Association on Feb. 24, 2016

Elman Technology Law attorneys Gerry J. Elman and Joshua D. Waterston

Here is the announcement we posted for the event:

We are proud to announce that Elman Technology Law attorneys Gerry Elman and Joshua Waterston will be presenting the legal seminar “Cybersecurity Ethical and Legal Challenges: How to Protect your Clients and Your Firm” at the Delaware County Bar Association on Feb. 24 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. (2 CLE credits: 1 substantive + 1 ethics). Come be informed and entertained by our knowledgeable and interesting panelists.

To register, click here for the DCBA registration page.


DELAWARE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION CLE SEMINAR

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2016

“CYBERSECURITY ETHICAL AND LEGAL CHALLENGES: HOW TO PROTECT YOUR CLIENTS AND YOUR FIRM”

Bring your own brown bag lunch and beverage

PresentersGerry J. Elman, Esquire and Joshua D. Waterston, Esquire of Elman Technology Law.  Joshua Marpet of Guarded Risk.  Robert Wilner of Prevalent.

Law firms are treasure troves of sensitive information about their clients and themselves.  This seminar will enable you to confront today’s increased cybersecurity threats, comply with heightened legal and ethical requirements, and keep your clients’ information and your law firm’s information confidential and secure.  Topics will include:  1) compliance with PA’s requirement to understand the benefits and risks of technology you use; 2) tips to identify and secure sensitive information about your clients and your law firm itself; 3) compliance with data breach notification laws and updated HIPAA requirements; and 4) how to minimize your financial and legal risk from a data breach or data loss.

REGISTRATION: 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; SEMINAR TIME: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.; COST:  $75.00 for DCBA Members;  $95.00 for Non-Members of the DCBA;

WORTH:  2.0 CLE Credit Hours (1.0 Substantive Law and 1.0 Ethics CLE Credit Hours)

Special invitation: FREE admission to hear Gerry Elman speak on Cybersecurity Litigation

On February 2, 2016, Gerry Elman will be a presenter at a webinar about how businesses can minimize their legal exposure from cybersecurity threats.  Instead of paying $249, you can register for free as our guest, via our registration link.  For further information, see below, or click here for more details.

The Knowledge Group

Cyber Security Litigation: What You Need to Know in 2016 LIVE Webcast

Tuesday, February 02, 2016
@ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm (ET)

REGISTER NOW!

» Registration is FREE courtesy of Elman Technology Law, P.C. «

Event Synopsis

Concerns about cyber security and data privacy have grown exponentially. With them have come dramatically increased regulation and the inevitable litigation.

Potential liability for data breaches has emerged as a major issue of concern for corporations, with massive cyber-attacks cropping up regularly. The recent trends in Cyber Security Litigation suggest how lawyers capitalize on these breaches on behalf of shareholders against directors and officers in cases against Target Corp and Wyndham Worldwide Corp. It is notable that the majority of director and officer liability insurance policies don’t include cyber or data breach clauses.

Recent litigation trends call for new practices in mitigating risk exposure and protecting sensitive data. Companies and their counsel need to understand how to prevent intrusion and to detect and respond appropriately when it occurs.

In a two-hour LIVE CLE Webinar, The Knowledge Group has assembled a panel of key thought leaders and practitioners to provide an in-depth review discussion of Cyber Security Litigation. The panel of speakers will help the audience better understand the risks of cyber-attack and address how to prevent, respond to, and manage the repair and associated costs.

Key topics include:

  • Cyber Security Breaches
  • Cyber Security Regulations
  • Regulatory and Policy Developments
  • Legislative Developments
  • Breach Litigation Risks
  • Putative Class Actions
  • Privacy Law Claims
  • Common Law Claims – Tort
  • Litigation Outcomes – Standing, Class Certification, Cognizable Damages
  • Security and Breach Risk Avoidance Methods

Website for Speakers Bios, Agenda & More Info

Event Speakers

Speaker Photo Gerry J. Elman
President
Elman Technology Law, P.C.
Speaker Photo Christina H. Bost Seaton
Partner
FisherBroyles LLP
Speaker Photo Iris Fischer
Partner
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Course Fee: Registration is FREE courtesy of Elman Technology Law, P.C. .Note: CLE/CPE/CE credit requires a minimal Certificate of Attendance processing fee of $49 per participant (normally paid by the attendee) if credit is needed to apply to the bar.

Please note, complimentary passes are available for the first 30 registrants. Once all of the passes are used, attendees can register for the deeply discounted rate of $25 each courtesy of Elman Technology Law, P.C. .

REGISTER NOW!

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