I'll be presenting "Representing the Web-based Business" at the 4th Annual Information Technology Law Seminar next week on Wednesday, September 21, at the Inn at St. John's, Plymouth. The seminar is geared toward lawyers and law students. More information can be found here. A seminar overview and schedule follow. OVERVIEW Global connections and technology have transformed the world for all businesses. Companies need lawyers who understand online business and technology deals and the legal issues connected with them. Navigate key legal issues and learn drafting strategies from a faculty of security experts, a law professor, plus IP and IT law specialists. Build your knowledge to increase your business development opportunities. Attend and Learn to: Avoid costly mistakes when you draft and negotiate technology license agreements Implement best practices in data security and privacy to help your clients guard customer information Effectively advise your clients on the key issues relating to operating a Web-based business Safeguard your clients' domain names and trademark rights on the Web Take a multimedia exploration into copyright protection for Web sites Understand social media in the workplace and how companies are using it themselves SCHEDULE 9:00am-9:15am Welcome and Introductions 9:15am-10:05am The Keys to Technology Licensing understanding the basics critical mistakes to avoid handling the negotiations Mark G. Malven, Dykema, Bloomfield Hills 10:05am-10:55am Trademarks on the Web selecting and enforcing domain names keyword advertising implications on the Internet Mary Margaret L. O'Donnell, Blue Filament Intellectual Property LLC, Birmingham 11:10am-12:00pm Current Trends in Data Security and Privacy dissecting ...


You probably already knew that a software license is a contract between an owner of computer software and an end user of that computer software - sometimes called an End User License Agreement or "EULA" - that specifies the scope of the rights granted by the owner to the user.  But what you may not know is the meaning behind the many different types of software and licenses out there.  Here are just a few examples of the types of software and licenses typically used: "Free software" or "open source software" is software which can be used, copied, studied, modified and redistributed without restriction.  "Free" in this sense, however, doesn't mean "gratis" but rather "free to do with as you please."  The usual way for software to be distributed as free software or open source software is for the software to be accompanied by a software license and a copy of the source code of the software. "Freeware," by contrast, is software that is available free of charge but is nevertheless generally proprietary, and therefore restricted as to its use.  The only criteria for software being classed as "freeware" is that it be provided to users at no cost, thus freeware can be subject to any licensing terms its owner deems necessary. "Shareware" is a marketing method for software, whereby a trial version is distributed in advance and without payment, either by downloading from the internet or, in some cases, from magazine cover-disks.  A shareware program is often accompanied by a request for payment, and the ...