Here are some new readings that may be of interest. This week they come with a theme – legal issues relating to new computing models.
- Randal C. Picker, “Competition and Privacy in Web 2.0 and the Cloud.” This is a nice survey of the legal issues raised by the consumer-based model of cloud computing typically associated with Web 2.0 applications. (Social Science Research Network)
- Larry Wescott, “Stored Communications Act does not prohibit discovery of electronic communications stored by non-party service provider.” A good case summary about a production dispute that centred around the City of Detroit’s control over records in the custody of its communications service provider and how its control, in turn, relates to City employees’ privacy interest in the records. (Electronic Discovery Law Blog)
- Bettina M. Chin, “Regulating Your Second Life: Defamation in Virtual Worlds.” Ms. Chin argues that the real-world economic interests that are now engaged by Second Life’s “metaverse” justify the validity of real world defamation claims. She then covers some of the very complex legal issues associated with such claims. (Social Science Research Network)
- Zach Lowe, “Does outsourcing put private data at risk?” To round out our theme, a short news story on the latest developments on the legal outsourcing debate in the U.S. (Law.com)
This blog post comes to you from Halifax. I’m on a surf/construction management trip and have a lot of time to blog and work because I couldn’t imagine smaller waves than what we’ve had this weekend. So I’ve been camping out at our half-built house, reading and blogging off of an air card powered by a portable generator. This sets a new wireless standard for me. Ocean views with a horse in the paddock out front. Not bad.