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November 20, 2017

Webinar on Open Source in Tech Contracts

Please join Tech Contracts Academy and Black Duck Software for a webinar on November 30th, at noon PST, as we discuss the implications of open source software in tech contracts. Open source issues have stood the forefront of the technology industry for many years, but as the use of open source in commercial applications explodes, […]

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November 17, 2017

California Tech Sector Law Firm of the Year

We’re very pleased to announce that David Tollen’s law firm, Sycamore Legal, was awarded Technology Sector Contracts Law Firm of the Year, for California. The awards are presented annually by Global Law Experts, which publishes a magazine and online guide on premiere attorneys around the world. You can see the awards publication by clicking here. (It’s a […]

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November 2, 2017

All Form Contracts Updated

FYI, in October and November of 2017, we updated all the forms on the Contracts page. The edits relate mostly to minor changes in our view of best practices. A few correct small errors. None involves a large-scale change. But it’s usually best to use the latest version …

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October 20, 2017

Last Chance: Re-Register your DMCA Agent by the End of the Year

by Deborah Pulido If you are an internet service provider taking advantage of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act safe harbor, you have until December 31, 2017 to re-register your designated DMCA agent. As David Tollen reported back in 2016, the Library of Congress has changed the rules for designating an agent to receive “takedown” notices […]

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October 5, 2017

Threats Your Technology Poses to Confidentiality and Attorney-Client Privilege

On October 11, I’ll be moderating a panel-webinar for lawyers, provided by the American Bar Association. It’s called What You Need to Know: Threats Your Technology Poses to Confidentiality and Attorney-Client Privilege.  The panelists and I will discuss the technology law firms use to communicate with clients and store documents — particularly professional responsibility rules surrounding […]

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June 12, 2017

Article on Modification of Online Contracts

This is a good article from the ABA’s Business Law Today publication: Online Contracts: We May Modify These Terms at Any Time, Right? In short, no, it doesn’t reliably work to tell customers or website visitors that you can unilaterally amend their contracts, just by posting a new version. You need notice and consent, as The Tech […]

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June 7, 2017

Law Review Article Cites The Tech Contracts Handbook

A South Carolina Law Review article cites The Tech Contracts Handbook — and in fact relies upon it heavily. The article is THE UNDERCOVER DETECTIVE LOOKS AT DATA BREACH CONTRACT CLAUSES: WHO SHOULD BE RESPONSIBLE UNDER THE CONTRACT FOR COSTS OF COVER? (67 S.C. L. Rev. 535, Spring 2016). The author is Professor Jill Bronfman of […]

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April 26, 2017

When Law Firms Buy Cloud Services

by David W. Tollen and Nathan Leong You’re a lawyer looking for online software and other tools to run your firm—tools like email, word processing, calendaring, timenotes, legal research, and particularly document management. You stumble across a great suite of tools from a reputable company and sign up. You love your new powers; now you’re […]

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April 20, 2017

Is Technology a Threat to Attorney-Client Privilege?

By Phil Brown and David W. Tollen Lawyers love tradition, but many clients want to communicate with 21st Century tools. Texting, Skyping, SnapChatting: all of these would mystified most lawyers ten years ago. But habits change. The flood of technological “advances” in communication methods brings new threats to attorney-client privilege and confidentiality. The truth is, […]

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December 17, 2016

New Form: Customer’s ITMA (Information Technology Master Agreement)

We’ve posted a new contract in the forms library — and it’s available in MS Word (no charge, as always). It’s meant to serve as a customer’s primary contract for purchasing any and all IT (other than hardware or IaaS): namely, licensed software, software-as-a-service (SaaS), and/or IT professional services. You can use it to acquire […]

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