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Does your business collect personal information from California residents?  A person’s name, address, email address, social security number, and driver’s license number are all considered personal information. What about digital information? Does your website track consumers’ browsing histories, search histories, or their interactions with your website or digital advertisements? How about information related to a consumer’s employment history or education? All of the aforementioned are deemed to constitute personal information under the California Consumer ...

As required by the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (the “CCPA”), the California Attorney General’s Office (the “AG”) is hard at work crafting regulations related to the CCPA to be implemented by July 1, 2020.  The CCPA will go into effect on January 1, 2020, but the AG’s enforcement will not be initiated until later that year.  In the meantime, consumers and businesses alike are anxiously awaiting the AG’s first draft of the regulations.  The AG’s regulations are intended to clarify certain ambiguities in the CCPA and outline and implement rules for businesses to ...

As you know by now, the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (“CCPA”) is California’s groundbreaking legislation that grants California residents unprecedented rights and protections regarding the collection and use of their personal information. While the breadth and scope of the CCPA is readily transparent, California’s Attorney General (“AG”) is still in the process of adopting regulations to help implement the act. The AG is currently accepting comments in a series of public forums that began in January, and the California Department of Justice recently ...

On October 11, 2018, President Trump signed the Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act (the “MMA”).[1] 

The MMA was unanimously approved in both chambers of Congress before the President’s signature and marks the first major copyright legislation since the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998 (aka the Mickey Mouse Protection Act). The MMA is actually a collection of three separate laws (the MMA, the CLASSICS Act, and the AMP Act) designed to address three specific areas of music law that have been rife with uncertainty since the Copyright Act of 1976 ...

Technology procurement is quickly evolving from a tactical, organization-wide undertaking to one that is more strategic and catering to multiple units within a company’s infrastructure. More businesses are taking advantage of things like Bellwether procurement software as a way to improve their procurement process. As a result, the skill set of the CTO, CIO, General Counsel and other members of the procurement team must follow suit. Upgrades used to be about minimizing costs and lowering risks. But those were the old days. Now, the procurement team responsible for software ...

Upgrading a large complex portion of a company’s (“Newco’s”) IT infrastructure can be a daunting task.  However, as its business grows, Newco will want and need to add new capabilities and enhance existing service offerings.  Here is a brief overview of some strategies for helping Newco navigate the process including software and hardware procurement, finding the right systems integrator, negotiating Service Level Agreements (“SLAs”), and ensuring timely on-budget implementation.  

Software and Hardware Procurement

Newco will want to work closely with the Systems ...

California now has the most sweeping and comprehensive privacy rights law in the country — The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (the “Act”).  Some might say the Act is the result of Cambridge Analytica misusing the data of tens of millions of Facebook users.  Others would suggest that the Act is merely the natural and logical progression of inalienable rights of privacy in the digital age.  Whatever the reason, California’s Privacy Bill of Rights for consumers will forever change the way businesses collect and use personal information (“PI”).

Here’s the good news ...

“We have the best mobile app on the market!” “Subscribe now and win an Apple watch!” “Download our software and we guarantee an increase in your business within 30 days!” That all sounds quite wonderful, actually. Where do I sign up? As a consumer, these statements pique my interest. However, if you are the company promoting your products through these kinds of digital advertisements, you may want to choose your words more carefully. While the Internet and an ever expanding universe of technology platforms are connecting companies and consumers at an unimaginable rate ...

As is increasingly reported, there is a battle raging in today’s marketplace between companies with new technology platforms and content creators from the entertainment community. On the one hand, are computer science engineers and programmers developing new and better code, creating more complex algorithms, and building ever expanding server farms at a breakneck pace, all to give the consumer cheaper, faster, and more mobile access to music, movies and television. On the other hand, are musicians, writers, movie and television producers and broadcasters, all trying to ...

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