Music licensing. Whether it’s a Willie Nelson sample or otherwise to use in your company’s advertisement, permission is generally needed. But does artificial intelligence (“AI”) change this? Some say AI can crawl samples and mash them — making licensing unnecessary.
That’s until your company gets sued for copyright infringement.
To find out more, an understanding of music permissions is needed. Please click here for a short presentation from the Ella Project in New Orleans. As you will hear, music licensing is tricky.
Your consumer data — how does Walmart use it? From your computer’s location to your buying habits, the commercial behemoth stores this information. Walmart isn’t alone — others you buy from on and offline use your data for predictive analytics.
How can you use consumer data to help with the growth of your business?
Many of us use computers for our work. In some cases, your company will have insurance that covers damage to the computer caused by a circumvention (a/k/a “hack”) of the software. Can your company take the software company to court when that happens — or must the case go to arbitration? The answer can depend on the contract with the software company and whether the hack was by a private actor. Please read more in this recent article from the Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center that I penned. Please click here for more.
By knowing more about the types of contracts your business enters into in connection with cyber related issues, the better off your business will be.
From retail to social media, artificial intelligence (“AI”) is increasingly being used to supplement — or substitute — human decision making.
But how much are pre-revenue AI companies worth?
Whether you are investing in this market or seeking to scale your company that uses AI technology, the question is relevant. Please click here to read a recent article I wrote for TechCrunch on the subject.
Trademarks have gotten some press. Recently, The Wall Street Journal ran an article about a dispute between Italian restaurant owners in Dallas over the word “Carbone’s” for their respective outposts.
What happens when one owner registers the mark before others?
Whether you own your own business or invest in a market, naming is important — and costly. If you launch a brand and invest in its goodwill without knowing the trademark landscape, your business can be sued and stopped.
“My AI did it.” One could imagine a company responding this way when facing a lawsuit for, say, an artificial intelligence (“AI”) powered robot gone astray. But can this response be a legally viable defense? Find out more in this article for New Matter, a publication of the California Lawyers Association, that I wrote. Please click HERE to download it.
This podcast is the second in a series entitled “AI Keyhole: Evolution, Applications & Policy.” For more information on the date and guest for the next installment about AI and fintech, please e-mail the host — Ryan — at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tim Mitchell at the Institute: email@example.com.
Digital echo chambers and filter bubbles. What are they, why should you care, and how do you know if you are in one? Artificial intelligence and search engines are more powerful forces in our digital lives. They are increasingly affecting the way how you and companies make various decisions — including mortgage interest and car loan rates. Find out more in this talk I’m doing in conjunction with analytics software company Valuenex on April 6th in Palo Alto. Please click HERE to register to attend virtually or in person.
Artificial intelligence (“AI”) applications are growing. From facial recognition technology to shopping online, AI is being used to supplement — and at other times substitute — human decision making. Where does AI come from, how was it developed, and where is it heading?
On March 7th, in conjunction with the AI Accelerator Institute in London, AI Keyhole series was launched to address some of these issues. The series will invite various members of the AI community to speak on these topics. The first guest was Professor Michael Wooldridge of the University of Oxford’s Department of Computer Science. The subject: origination and development of AI. The podcast from that talk can be listened to via the recording below. To learn more about the date and guest for the next installment, please e-mail the host — Ryan — at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Defamation. You’ve heard of it. It’s generally a false statement of fact about someone — including a company — that injures their reputation. For example, North Face’s statement that Patagonia’s Gore-Tex rain shell jacket isn’t water proof — when it is — would be defamatory. North Face could get sued by Patagonia.
But did you know a North Face’s employee’s repeating of the defamation, whether via Facebook, a tweet, or even verbally, could be used as evidence of malice — intentional defamation — in a defamation suit? It could also be a separate act of defamation.
Find out more in this article I wrote for Quill. It’s published by the Society of Professional Journalists.
In the meantime, please don’t hesitate contacting me should you or your company have any intellectual property related legal questions related to the technology or media industries.