Lawtalk is a collection of essays and observations on the intersection of business, technology, entrepreneurship and the law.

The Y of VR

Steve Masur

Managed Risks

Here’s my Y theory of the VR marketplace. Since there is no common file format for making VR content, and no common platforms, each piece of content made has to be custom-made for each platform. We saw this with computers, as well as in mobile. Until there is a common platform, the larger set of […]

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Failure to comply with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act may cost your company millions

Steve Masur

Pfizer recently agreed to pay out over $60 million to settle U.S. government investigations into whether the company paid bribes to boost business overseas in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), 15 U.S.C. §§78dd-1, et seq. The investigations prompted several pharmaceutical companies to develop anti-bribery compliance programs to identify foreign doctors and healthcare […]

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CES 2013

Steve Masur

Tuesday, January 8th Leveraging Content and Celebrity For Cross-Platform Success: Brands, Bands and Entertainers Collaborate You see it on TV all day long. It’s all over the Net! Brands, entertainment content, celebrity talent, new media startups and big marketers are teaming up in new ways for cross-platform success. In this session we will hear from […]

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Founder’s Interview: eBillity

Steve Masur

David Mazur interviewed Douglas Dweck cofounder of eBillity as part of our new monthly initiative to interview clients who have achieved breakthrough success. Take me back to when eBillity got started. How did you get the idea? Douglas Dweck came from the time tracking industry with deep operational expertise. He noticed that while there were […]

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“Reveal Day” and new gTLD’s: a prelude to the changing face of the internet

Steve Masur

By: Laura Levin-Dando About a year ago, ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, began accepting applications for new domain name suffixes, specifically generic top-level domains, or gTLD’s. At $185,000 per application, groups have applied to create new website suffixes beyond the standard “.com” or “.net”; some of the applications include “.design,” “.website,” […]

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The Dish’s Hopper: customer choice or copyright infringement?

Steve Masur

By: Laura Levin-Dando According to recent complaints filed by several major television networks, there may be a fine line between traditional time-shifting, digital video recording (DVR) technology and copyright infringement. NBC, Fox, and CBS each filed complaints in federal court in California on May 24, claiming that Dish Networks is violating copyright law in the […]

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SoundCloudability

Steve Masur

By Steven Masur (June 7, 2012) Why Should We Care About SoundCloud? SoundCloud is a glimpse at what the future of music looks like. Here’s why. You can do anything on SoundCloud, and SoundCloud can do anything. In order to get the full width and breadth of SoundCloud’s opportunity, you have to look at YouTube, […]

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