GTC Law Group & Affiliates’ Tony Decicco Presented a Webinar with Black Duck

GTC Law Group & Affiliates’ Tony Decicco, Shareholder, presented a webinar with Black Duck Software on August 15, 2019. The webinar, titled “What You Need to Know About Source Licensing,” offered practical advice to help to mitigate risk associated with open source and highlighted: • The history and risk of open source software • Intellectual property law for software licensing • The most popular licenses and their obligations

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GTC Law Group & Affiliates’ Tony Decicco Presented a Webinar with Black Duck

GTC Law Group & Affiliates’ Tony Decicco, Shareholder, presented a webinar with Black Duck Software on May 22, 2019. The webinar, titled “Growth of Web Services & APIs and the Risks in M&A,” highlighted the most significant risks associated with web services and how they can affect an M&A transaction, which covered: • Typical terms of service and common pitfalls • Legal compliance, data privacy, security and business risks that come with web services • Real-world examples of these risks • How a buyer can get a better understanding of these risks in a target’s codebase or a seller can […]

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GTC Law Group hosted International Trademark Association (INTA) Reception

GTC Law Group hosted a cocktail reception at the Barking Crab on May 21st during INTA’s annual meeting in Boston. INTA’s annual meeting is the trademark community’s premier event for networking, continuing legal education and client meetings. GTC Law Group’s reception was an opportunity for over 70 trademark professionals to network and meet other professionals with common interest in trademark law.

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GTC Law Group & Affiliates’ Tony Decicco Presented at Black Duck Software’s Conference

GTC Law Group’s Tony Decicco presented at Black Duck Software’s conference in London on April 2, 2019. The presentation, titled “So You’ve Got Your Open Source Audit Report, Now What? Best Practices for Companies of all Sizes.” covered: • How to conduct an open source/third-party software audit • Strategies for getting the most out of your code scan • Key aspects of an effective open source/third-party software policy for both inbound use and outbound contributions

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EU Parliament Approves Copyright Reform

March 2019 On March 26, 2019, the European Parliament voted 348 to 274 (with 36 abstaining) to pass the European Union Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (the “Directive”). Among the Directive’s broad regulations are two key requirements that have garnered significant attention: 1) that news aggregators (such as Google News) must now pay licensing fees to use content (Article 15) and 2) that large platforms (such as YouTube) must monitor content generated by their users for copyright infringement (Article 17). The proposal had been fiercely opposed by parties concerned about potential censorship in the future and tech […]

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Copyright Registration Ruling

SUPREME COURT DECISION PLACES PREMIUM ON EARLY COPYRIGHT REGISTRATION In the United States, copyright “registration” is a prerequisite to most suits for infringement of a US-origin work. Timely registration is also a prerequisite to the important remedies of statutory damages and attorneys’ fees. But what does “registration” mean? Circuit Courts of Appeals were split on the question of whether “registration” means filing an application for registration or actually obtaining the registration from the Copyright Office. Under current practices, this can make a difference of seven months on average – an eternity in the case of a serious infringement for which […]

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GTC Law Group’s Rick Olin and Leon Schwartz Moderated Roundtable Discussions at 2018 TechGC National Summit

GTC Law Group’s Rick Olin, Shareholder, and Leon Schwartz, Associate, each moderated a Roundtable Discussion at 2018 TechGC National Summit in New York City on October 26, 2018. Rick Olin’s Roundtable discussion, titled “Customer and Vendor Contracts/Limits of Liability”, covered: The evolution of risk allocation terms, including appropriate indemnities and liability limitations for data privacy and security issues Leon Schwartz’s Roundtable discussion, titled “Managing Open Source Compliance & Contributions”, covered: Overview of Open Source Software and where it’s used Risks of Open Source Software and how to mitigate them    

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GTC Law Group & Affiliate’s Tony Decicco Moderated a Panel at the 2018 CIX Summit

GTC Law Group and Affiliate’s Tony Decicco, Shareholder, moderated a panel, titled “Successfully Navigating Open Source Software and Cybersecurity Issues in Transactions,” at the CIX Summit in Toronto on October 23, 2018.  The topics covered included: Key open source software-related issues and deal points from the perspective of buyer/investor vs. seller/investee at every stage of a transaction Key legal and security risks, as well as strategies for mitigating them Strategies to avoid protracted due diligence, get better deal terms and smooth negotiations  

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GTC Law Group & Affiliates’ Tony Decicco Presented a Webinar with Black Duck

GTC Law Group & Affiliates’ Tony Decicco, Shareholder, presented a webinar with Black Duck Software on October 17, 2018.  The webinar, titled “Effective Policies for Managing and Releasing Open Source Software,” covered: Key aspects of an effective open source / third-party software policy for both inbound use and outbound contributions Key success factors for effectively releasing code as open source Impact on transaction due diligence and integration following an acquisition   Materials available upon request. Please contact Anthony Decicco at adecicco@gtclawgroup.com.

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