DID YOU KNOW MINNESOTA ALREADY HAS AN INTERNET PRIVACY STATUTE?
The last Minnesota legislative session saw a flurry of bills introduced pertaining to internet privacy. The activity was a reaction to the repeal of FCC broadband privacy rules by Congress in January. But in addition to numerous existing federal privacy protections unaffected by the repeal of the FCC rules, did you know that the Minnesota Legislature had long ago already moved to protect the internet privacy of Minnesotans? Read more about Minnesota's existing internet privacy law by clicking on the link below.
COPYRIGHT PROTECTION OF SHORT PHRASES – IT’S ALL ABOUT ORIGINALITY
Which one of these phrases is not like the other? 1. "Clap your hands!" 2. “Everyday I’m hustlin’’’ or 3. “E.T. phone home!” First, let’s explain why all of the three above phrases have in common. They were all subjects of copyright infringement lawsuits claiming that the use of these short phrases infringed on previous works. To find out why one of these phrases is different, click below to read the entire article.
MINNESOTA SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS GOVERNOR DAYTON’S LINE ITEM VETO OF LEGISLATURE FUNDING
The Minnesota Supreme Court today ruled that Governor Mark Dayton’s line-item veto of the Minnesota Legislature’s funding was constitutional. Click on the link below for a summary and a copy of the decision.
FIDUCIARY RESPONSIBILITIES OF NON-PROFIT OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS IN TROUBLED TIMES
It is inevitable that in the life of a non-profit organization periods of internal disagreement and dissension will occur. Responsible governance during these periods is crucial to the health and even the survival of the organization. Non-profit officers and directors charged with governance during these times are well-advised to familiarize or re-familiarize themselves with the fiduciary responsibilities owed to their organizations.
A SUMMARY OF MINNESOTA’S DATA BREACH NOTIFICATION STATUTE
There is no federal or uniform law governing data breach notifications. Therefore, 48 states have separate data breach notification laws, with South Dakota and Alabama being the only states that do not. This article summarizes the Minnesota data breach notification statute.
WATCH YOUR STEP! RESTRICTIONS ON TRUSTS AS S-CORPORATION SHAREHOLDERS
Changes in circumstances relating to S Corporation stock held by a trust can pose risks to a corporation’s Subchapter S election and must be scrutinized carefully. This article discusses the policy behind restrictions on S Corporation shareholders and the types of trusts that are eligible to hold S corporation stock.
MINNESOTA TELECOMMUNICATIONS LEGISLATION PASSED IN 2017
It was a busy year for the telecommunications industry at the Minnesota Legislature this year. The Legislature considered many telecommunications-related bills, including Voice over Internet Protocol regulatory reform, internet privacy, broadband funding, streamlined right-of-way access for small cell wireless technology, and expansion of the state sales tax exemption on telecommunications capital equipment. Below is a summary of the significant laws enacted.
WILL THE BLURRED LINES APPEAL BLUR THE STANDARD FOR COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT FOR A MUSICAL COMPOSITION?
In March 2015, a jury awarded the Estate of Marvin Gaye $7.3 million in damages, finding that the song “Blurred Lines” by Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke infringed on the Marvin Gaye song “Got to Give it Up.” Williams and Thicke argue that the district court erred by submitting jury instructions that allowed the jury to improperly base their verdict on a finding of “subconscious copying." The verdict has caused great anxiety among songwriters.
JUST PUBLISHED IN MARCH 2017 ISSA JOURNAL - WHEN BABY MONITORS BECOME WEAPONS
Emily Duke and Tony Mendoza explore the legal framework of the virus vulnerabilities associated with the Internet of Things, such as the October 2016 Mirai cyber attack. The attack infected tens of millions of Internet-connected devices like cameras, baby monitors, home routers, and gaming systems. The attack caused sustained outages on major websites including PayPal, Twitter, The New York Times, GitHub, Spotify, and others.
WHY YOUR NONPROFIT NEEDS A DATA RETENTION POLICY
Developing a policy early in an organization’s history can save the organization a lot of time compared to an organization that waits until after it has grown into a more substantial organization, or worse yet if it waits until the disaster has already struck.