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Fair Use in the Digital Age

The unauthorized use of copyrighted material is more widespread and more immediately a part of our lives today than ever. We need only switch on our personal computers and open our Web browsers to encounter a new world of unauthorized reproductions. As unauthorized copying finds ever new media for testing the limits of legality, the doctrine of fair use scrambles to keep up.

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Business Law Civil Litigation Legal Topics New Legal Developments Tort Law

Contributory Infringement in the Electronic World

In addition to direct copyright infringement and inducement of infringement, there is a third type of copyright infringement, “contributory infringement,” which is becoming more of an issue in the electronic world.  As one Web-hosting company recently learned the hard way, Internet service providers are more frequently being found liable for contributory infringement based on the infringing activities of their users — think Napster.

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Business Law Profiles

Profile in Practice: Helen Leah Conroy

As part of CEB’s commitment to bringing together California’s legal community, our blog will post a short interview with one of your fellow attorneys.

This week, we profile Helen Leah Conroy:

CEB: What are your practice areas and how/why did you choose or start in your practice area?
Helen: I negotiate transactions for and with internet service and media companies. Some are agreements with vendors providing traditional services, in many instances, outsourced; others involve internet-based services in support of operations (e.g., payment processing, billing and collections, etc.). I also negotiate agreements dealing with internet content, both on the provider and the publishing side, as well as agreements for software-as-a-service.  I was a commercial litigator for 15 years, trying cases involving software channel/distribution disputes. I figured it would be a lot more fun to negotiate clearly drafted agreements that are carefully thought through, than to fight over poorly drafted ones (the only ones that are ever litigated). I was right.

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Criminal Law Legal Topics Profiles

Profile in Practice: Alexander H. Lubarsky

As part of CEB’s commitment to bringing together California’s legal community, our blog will post a short interview with one of your fellow attorneys.

This week, we profile Alex Lubarsky:

CEB: What is your practice area and how did you choose it?

Alex: My firm started as an immigration firm handling deportation defense because I had lived for a period of time in Northern Argentina and learned Spanish. We now offer criminal defense and debtor-side bankruptcy and have grown in the Asian and Russian communities due to attorneys and paralegals who are natives from those areas climbing aboard with us. I am a tech geek and have a concurrent career as an electronic discovery consultant.

CEB: What CEB book or program have you found most helpful in your practice and why?

Alex: California Criminal Law and Procedure – it has clarified what was a new and nebulous area of law. I study it before almost every appearance in the criminal courts. The forms manual companion has saved me (and my client) more than once.