ALI-ABA webinar: Drafting and Implementing Ethical Law Firm Technology Policies

Marcus Stephen Harris, LLC will be taking part in hosting the Drafting and Implementing Ethical Law Firm Technology Policies webinar on Tuesday September 20, 2011. The webinar focuses on responsible technology management.  The faculty will identify the latest legal and ethical standards of compliance for technology policies and provide steps for creating and maintaining up-to-date…

How Much Would You Pay For A Domain Name, $10,000?

A strong and recognizable domain name is critical for a successful business.  However, coming up with a good domain name that allows you to grow your business, avoids the inadvertent  infringement of the intellectual property rights of others, but still generates brand equity is incredibly difficult. Coming up with a domain name that is both…

Ernst & Young Sued for $10M+ for Incorrect Software Valuation

Thursday, June 27, Canadian software-holding company Pan-Afric Holdings Ltd. sued Ernst & Young LLP in U.S. District Court in Maryland for over $10 million in damages, claiming the accounting giant made mathematical errors in preparing a software valuation report on which Pan-Afric detrimentally relied. In 1993, for $5 million, Pan-Afric purchased an interest (including all…

BSA Forces Settlement For Alleged Illegal Software Use

Last month the BSA reached settlements with Ron Ayers Motorsports, Sentage Corporation and TruStile Doors, LLC. Under the terms of the settlement the companies agreed to pay the BSA $72,053, $80,000 and $92,500 respectively to settle claims that they were using unlicensed copies of software on their computers. Implementing a software license management program so that you…

Study Finds Software Licenses Unfairly Biased, Confusing

The National Consumer Council (the “NCC”) in a study reported here found that software licenses are confusing and have terms that protect the interests of the vendor over those of the end user. To anyone that has reviewed or negotiated a software license these findings are hardly surprising. Signing a license without first having the agreement reviewed…