Monthly Archives: April 2015

Do Email Disclaimers Really Work?

You’ve probably received an email with a legend at the bottom that reads something like this: This message and any attached documents contain information which may be confidential, subject to privilege or exempt from disclosure under applicable law. These materials are intended only for the use of the intended recipient. If you are not the intended recipient of this transmission, you are hereby notified that any distribution, disclosure, printing, copying, storage, modification or the taking of any action in reliance upon this transmission is strictly prohibited. Delivery of this message to any person other than the intended recipient shall not …

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Can I Use That Cool Video on YouTube? (Part II)

This is the second part of a two-part article (Part I is here) to try to help folks answer a common question: “I found this great clip on YouTube, and it [fill in the blank: “is really funny” or “really illustrates my point well” or “works really well in my presentation]. Can I use it?” It’s not a really easy question to answer, even in context. In the abstract, it’s even harder. But, as pointed out in Part I, there are essentially three main sources to which people can look when considering the answer to the “Can I Use It?” …

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Can I Use That Really Cool YouTube Video? (Part I)

A question I get fairly often is: “I found this great clip on YouTube, and it [fill in the blank: “is really funny” or “really illustrates my point well” or “works really well in my presentation]. Can I use it?” Many people more or less blindly assume that, if a video has been posted on YouTube (or otherwise on the Internet) and you have some purpose for which you want to use it, it’s fair game. But it’s not that simple. In reality, the answer to the question of “Can I use it?” is really: “It depends.” This is not …

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