With Online Collaboration Always Think Twice

Writers, bloggers, auteurs: Ever look to tighten that dialogue, perhaps crowdsource an idea for that third act climax? The social interaction and sharing technologies brought about by Web2.0 may seem like an ideal platform for writers to workshop their work with others.

Beware! Here be dragons in the realm of copyright law.

Court Transfers Domain Name To Plaintiff In Wiretap Case

In a unique bit of jurisprudence, a federal court has awarded the transfer of several domain names to the plaintiff in a Federal Wiretap case.

My firm, Thompson Bukher LLP, secured the permanent injunction order on default when the anonymous defendants (predictably) failed to appear in the matter. The ruling is unique in the sense that it is one of the first cases where a federal court exercises its power to provide equitable relief pursuant to Section 2520(b)(1) of the Federal Wiretap Act. Currently, the far more frequent example of courts granting domain name transfer as remedy have been found in brand counterfeiting cases.

Happy New Year! Introducing LawTechie 2015

Because everything in the New Year should be new and improved. And because the Holidays give me extra time to tinker with new WordPress themes.

I wish you all a very happy New Year!

And I leave you with this LawTechie resolution: More Venture & Startup articles in 2015. I have spent the last few years watching and helping my clients with what works, and often seeing what doesn’t work, on every level of the venture process. It is past time I posted some observations, and certainly a few tips for the entrepreneurially-inclined.

Wishing you all the best for 2015,
Tim Bukher (the “LawTechie”)

Website Development Money Matters. Even for Startups… Especially for Startups

Lately I’ve been noticing more and more entrepreneurs with skewed expectations of the cost of software development of their SaaS or e-commerce ventures. These clients turn to services like Elance to find software development vendors — usually based in developing countries —  proposing to create websites for pennies on the dollar of what a US developer would charge. “See, Tim,” they would say, pointing to a proposal to build a Facebook clone for $5k, “And you said I should expect to spend up to a hundred grand on development!”

Of course, the resulting product, if ever completed, is a disastrous, bug-ridden clunkfest that requires the client to spend more money fixing (assuming the client has any money left at this point) than would have cost to properly develop in the first place.

This is not to say that Elance and similar services do not have their place, but SaaS and e-commerce entrepreneurs should keep a few things in mind:

Tim Bukher and Client Signal360 Co-Author Whitepaper on Privacy

I was flattered to have one of my clients, Signal360, ask me to co-author a whitepaper on privacy issues in proximity marketing. The paper, “User Privacy and Beacons: Proximity Marketing and Privacy, A White Paper on the Future of Responsible Proximity Marketing,” addresses how enterprises should think about consumer privacy in a world where companies are increasingly looking to market to and collect data from users in real­time within physical spaces (a.k.a. “proximity marketing”).

A full copy of the paper can be accessed here.