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Month: April 2013

Lawyer’s iPhone Apps

The iPhone is increasingly becoming one of the must have gadgets in the modern world. Not only is it stylish but also functional. The iPhone has many features designed for the modern professional and even better you can download applications that specifically assist you in your area of specialization. With the busy schedule of a lawyer, you can increase the efficiency of your iPhone using the top rated iPhone apps for lawyers. Below is a short description of the most important Lawyer’s Free iPhone 5 apps.

Pocket lawyer- This is one of the best iPhone apps in regards to legal issues we have on the market today. As its name suggests, you have a mobile lawyer with you. The application offers all the information you need to know about common crimes. You get to know exactly the sentence of the crime and the exact source of the information.

The FBI hand book- This application offers you information on some of the FBI investigation procedures and this places you in a good position if you have to battle with them in a courtroom. Even if you aren’t a criminal lawyer, you may come across a case involving the FBI and it’s better to have some information on some of their operations.

The cliff Maier reference apps- These apps are very helpful when it comes to finding a reference in the middle of a legal battle. There is no need to go about checking for reference the old fashioned way with large legal books. These apps help lawyers to access references such as the constitution, the NY CPL, Patent rules and many others.

Finally, you need to have the case date which is an important app that keeps your entire client’s information in one place. You may be overwhelmed going through paperwork trying to find out which case should be handled at what time especially if you are working with numerous clients.

 

Is the Internet Changing Copyright Law?

If you’ve ever written a blog or a website, or even posted a useful link on Facebook or Twitter – there is a very real possibility that you have assisted in infringing someone’s copyright somewhere in the world.  That neat photo or graphic you found online added to this weeks blog update?  Did you check you were allowed to post it – or did you just copy/paste/upload image and move on.

Of course in reality, even though copyright is being infringed in all sorts of ways all across the internet – most companies take a pragmatic approach.  There’s little real value in pursing thousands of bloggers or web site owners for posting a picture or video that already exists in thousands of places online.

Companies in some countries did however, aggressively pursue even the smallest infringement. Several music companies in South Korea used to heavily monitor how their material was used on the internet.  They’d trace images and movie files that appeared on forums, blogs and sites then ensure they were removed.  Nowadays they rarely bother except in exceptional circumstances – it simply isn’t worth the effort. Even if you pursue in a country like the USA where law suits are a way of life.

There are still very strict intellectual property laws in many countries across the world.  But the reality is that there’s little a company can do against the torrent of files that are uploaded across the web every minute of the day.  Unless you start operating on the level of the Pirate Bay, chances are you’ll never get any problems with using such content.

It would seem that it’s finally becoming apparent that the business model of these companies has to change.  Selling an album for $20 on iTunes when a quick visit to a newsgroup or warez site can get it you for free is never going to work.  However when the price is much lower, people tend to stay legitimate with their purchases.

You can still put some protection up for material uploaded.  Most people have come across the – video not available in your country messages which show that content is being restricted to specific countries – more examples here – http://www.theninjaproxy.org/just-interesting/video-not-available-in-your-country/.   But the amount of resources required to keep track of every uploaded copy is simply not cost effective.  The clever companies are realising that such copying can actually be used to their advantage – perhaps like the incredible success of the ’Gangnam Style’ videos which have spawned a host of imitators to create a global phenomenon.

The Law and The Internet

Every once in a while we see an interesting question as it related to the law.  Frankly, I know most of you think that we’re going to be talking about California’s contentious Prop 8 here, but I think even though Gay Rights to Marry might not be settled case law now, it is IMO at least, only a matter of time given that 70% of the population under the age of 35 think those rights need to exist.

Instead, I wonder if the internet is a basic human right.  What do you think? Does the internet belong right there with water, cleam air and much more that we have all depended on for centuries and even millenia?

How long before we can consider the internet a basic human right?

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