Sound Policy with Denise Howell
with Denise Howell
Denise Howell is an appellate, intellectual property, and technology lawyer who enjoys broad
industry recognition for her expertise on the intersection of emerging technologies and law.
Please see her professional background and
for further details.
Denise's career is characterized by her passionate
engagement in intellectual property issues, technology, media, and emerging forms of communications.
Denise writes one of the first law-related weblogs,
Bag and Baggage and contributes to
Denise is a member of the Identity Gang,
and an advisory board member of the Attention Trust.
She also coined the term "blawg" as shorthand for legal weblog,
and is sometimes referred to as the grandmother of legal blogging --
though she much prefers "the Doc Searls of Blawgs."
Insurance expert Karl Susman discusses how bloggers and other Web 2.0 users are beginning to deal with and better minimize the financial risk of their activities. He talks with Denise about how the industry is now offering ways for people and businesses to protect themselves in this age of instant communications with its problems of rumors and sometimes incorrect information.
The American Bar Association provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public. The ABA Journal is read by half of the nation's 1 million lawyers every month. Recently, the organization re-launched the journal's website. Denise talks to Edward Adams, editor and publisher of the journal. He reviews the history of the site and how the changes will make it a more useful and timely source of legal news and information.
On June 29, 2006, FreeAdvice.com filed a lawsuit against an unknown user of their site because of rude and offensive behavior. Robert F. Knox is the lead attorney on the lawsuit and joins Denise to discuss the litigation. He reviews the background of the case, including how the individual was identified, as well as other issues. Given the explosion of online forums, the discussion is both informative and important for future similar situations.
Will social media kill intellectual property? Denise Howell speaks with Mark Sigal, CEO of vSocial, Inc., a social networking for video platform. He states that media is in a never ending evolutionary state and the ability of users to use copyrighted content. Sigal talks about vSocial's business strategy and how the company deals with problematic content as well as the nature of the law.
Denise Howell talks with science fiction author James D. Macdonald who tested the distinction between a traditional publisher and a vanity press when he tried to get "the worst novel ever written" accepted by PublishAmerica, a company that claimed to be a traditional publisher, but published nearly every book offered and derived most of its sales from the authors themselves. Macdonald also discusses his later experience with a true vanity press, as well as his views on copyright and the impact of technology on its enforcement.
Who owns the rights to user created content on the internet? The IPG Emerging Media Lab is trying to answer those, and other questions companies have about the interactive web. Lori H. Schwartz and Jeff Berg, director and content editor at IPG, talk with Denise Howell about providing innovation and thought leadership to companies trying to engage users in a fragmented media marketplace.
As podcasting continues to grow, companies must come up with interesting content, as well as useful ways to deliver it to the consumer. Denise Howell interviews John Furrier, CEO of PodTech.net, who discusses some of the issues that impact the company as it strives to give users what they want and also give producers the ability to profit from their work.
As issues of fraud and other similar activities continue to occur in online settings, businesses and organizations must come up with ways to secure data and establish methods to verify identities. Greg Pierson, President/CEO of Iovation, Inc. discusses these issues with Denise Howell. His company has developed methods to establish a "digital identity" for individual devices. He also discusses upcoming rules issued by the Federal Financial Examination Council regarding customer authentication.
Podcasters may unexpectedly find themselves on the wrong side of the law. In this audio interview with Denise Howell, Colette Vogele talk about a free guide for podcasters on their legal rights and responsibilities that she and her colleagues have developed to demystify the legal dangers raised by the blossoming of audio and video podcasting.
What does the future hold for citizen journalism? In a world where media is democratized, many organizations have responded by increasingly trying to control the message and the dissemination of information. In this edition of Sound Policy with Denise Howell, Dan Gillmor reveals that the distinction between the mainstream journalist and the citizen journalist has become increasingly blurred by the act of journalism itself.