blogging beyond

We have a lot of opinions and ideas—and we are not shy about sharing them. Here, you will find fresh content from the Sequel team and guest bloggers about the latest legal, Internet, technology and market developments and trends. Have an idea for a future topic to be addressed and discussed in our blog? Please contact us at with your idea.

Posted by Sequel on February 14, 2013
Topic: Finance, Internet, Social Media
Tags: crowdfunding, SEC

Crowdfunding: A Hot Potato on Which the SEC Must Make Decisions Soon

At Sequel Technology IP Law, we are calling for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to

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Posted by Sequel on February 14, 2013
Topic: blogs, Internet, Privacy, Social Media
Tags: COPPA, Fines, FTC, privacy program

FTC Fines $800,000 for Harvesting Addresses from Customer Phones Costs

Operator of the Path social networking application agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived users by collecting personal information from their mobile device address books without their knowledge and consent.  Path agreed to establish a comprehensive privacy program to obtain an independent privacy assessment every other year for the next 20 years […]

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Posted by Sequel on February 14, 2013
Topic: blogs, Digital Media, Internet, Social Media
Tags: COPPA, Personal Information

The Children’s Online Protection Act Evolves

Even if website owners don’t think they need to be concerned about the amendments to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”), the new regulations may prove otherwise.  As indicated by the FTC, the final amendments are as follows: • modify the list of “personal information”  that cannot be collected without parental notice and consent, […]

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Posted by Sequel on January 5, 2013
Topic: ICANN, Internet

New gTLD Developments

Prioritization Draw Because of the huge number of applications submitted for the first round of new gTLDs and internationalized domain names (“IDNs”), the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) held a “Prioritization Draw” on December 17 to randomly choose the order for the release of initial evaluation results of new applications. IDN applications […]

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Posted by Sequel on November 28, 2012
Topic: First Amendment, Labor, Privacy, Social Media
Tags: Personal Information, protecting employees, social media

New Social Media Privacy Law Has Wide-Ranging Possible Consequences

Following the lead of states like California, Illinois, and Maryland, New Jersey has become another state to pass legislation aimed at protecting employees from privacy concerns in the social media arena.  Particularly, the New Jersey bill, recently passed by its Senate, would prohibit an employer from (1) requiring a current or prospective employee to provide […]

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