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Discovering the Cloud – Issues to Consider Before Storing on the Cloud

By: Sean Perryman Cloud computing can provide enormous benefits to some companies, but only if risks and expenses are evaluated in advance. Businesses increasingly rely on cloud computing to store documents and information. Through third-party service providers, the cloud can reduce IT management and maintenance costs, presumably maximizing operational efficiency. Companies considering moving data to the cloud typically believe these financial and operational benefits outweigh the risks. While the media has focused on security risks, litigation and discovery complications may prove even riskier factors to a third party storing and preserving your company?ÇÖs data. Normal discovery rules may apply to the cloud Sophisticated organizations recognize the duty to preserve relevant information in anticipation of litigation. They have in place litigation holds and other procedures to address this duty. As businesses transition to storing data in the cloud, they should implement similar document retention procedures. Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 34… Continue Reading

Peeved with Biebs: Justin Bieber Sued over Joustin?ÇÖ Beaver Game App

Last Friday, app developer RC3, Inc. sued Biebs, aka pop star Justin Bieber, seeking the court?ÇÖs declaration that RC3?ÇÖs game ?Ç£Joustin?ÇÖ Beaver,?Ç¥ available for Android?ádevices and the iPhone/iPad, is protected under the First Amendment.?á In a February 13, 2012 demand letter to RC3, Bieber?ÇÖs counsel asserted that the app is a blatant infringement of Bieber?ÇÖs right of publicity and constitutes trademark infringement, trademark dilution, and other violations. The game features a beaver sporting Bieber?ÇÖs (in)famous hairstyle.?á The beaver also wears a purple sweater which, as every Bieber fan knows, is his favorite color.?á (Important! ?áWe don?ÇÖt admit to being Bieber fans.)?á Joustin?ÇÖ Beaver must float down the river while signing ?Ç£Otter-graphs?Ç¥ and knocking evil ?Ç£Phot-Hogs?Ç¥ into the river with his jousting lance. A press release for the game noted, ?Ç£We wanted to create a game that appeals to Justin Bieber?ÇÖs fans.?á He?ÇÖs a hero and adored by millions.?á It?ÇÖs important… Continue Reading

February 2012