Jon Garon, Legal Implications of the Metaverse

Legal Strategies for the Metaverse and the Evolving Media Landscape

Here is information on a recent ABA Business Law Section Cyberspace Committee presentation. I have attached the slide deck and link to the draft paper. This program will explore 2021’s significant changes to streaming, gaming, and online social engagement with an emphasis on the rapid growth of virtual reality, augmented reality, and the implications of […]

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Peloton Cannot Veto Use of Bike on TV

The use of trademarked goods in film and television always draws a great deal of attention and confusion. This week HBO’s “Sex and the City” sequel series “And Just Like That” drew tremendous attention when a favorite character from Sex and the City, “Mr. Big,” played by Chris Noth appears briefly in the debut episode […]

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Thought on the Legal Strategies for the Metaverse

I will be presenting a 90-minute talk on the legal implications of a metaverse and how the potential for the next phase of virtual worlds will be substantially different than those of Second Life and the earlier efforts. The program will be presented at the American Bar Association, Business Law Section Cyberspace Committee Jan. 19, […]

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Instagram revelations are not new, but Facebook’s duplicity has been highlighted

On September 14, 2021, the Wall Street Journal exposed internal reports of Facebook, the parent company for Instagram, that demonstrated the continuing harm to some of its adolescent users – even as the company’s CEO was testifying before Congress that no such harms existed.[1] According to the Wall Street Journal story, internal reports provided damning […]

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Johansson v. Disney on Podcast

I recently spoke to the Legal Talk Network about the ongoing dispute between award-winning actor Scarlett Johansson and the Walt Disney Company over its decision to release Black Widow on Disney+ at the same time as it released the film in theaters. You can find the podcast here: Black Widow v. Disney There is a […]

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National Cybersecurity Day Jan. 28th

This week marks National Cybersecurity Day. The National Cybersecurity Alliance is promoting public information and awareness on the need for greater understanding of individual privacy rights and the infrastructure needed to protect those rights. Civil liberties are only free if they are protected. As we grapple with the increasing power of private corporations, public agencies, […]

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Free Speech on Campus and in Online Education

Please join us for a talk on Free Speech on Campus and in Online Education presented by the NSU Shepard Broad College of Law and the NSU Fischler College of Education and School of Criminal Justice. Wednesday, February 3, 20216:00 p.m. The open webinar can be accessed here: https://www.nova.edu/alumni/events/index.html This free presentation and discussion will […]

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Online Students Outperforming Early Predictions

Data gaps also highlight different outcomes for students depending on income and race A new study of MAP Growth testing for students in grades 3-8 have provided some promising suggestions that the effort to move schools online has not harmed development in reading or math education. A comprehensive study of national test data by NWEA show that […]

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Preliminary Injunction granted against Florida’s Social Media Censorship Law

The Northern District of Florida issues a preliminary injunction against the Florida Social Media Censorship Law SB-7072, finding it to be flagrant viewpoint discrimination. As the Court concluded, “[t]he legislation now at issue was an effort to rein in social-media providers deemed too large and too liberal. Balancing the exchange of ideas among private speakers is not […]

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Moving Beyond Facebook, FTC order Probe of Social Media Sites over COPPA and other Advertising Practices

The FTC and the attorneys general across the nation have suddenly awakened to the ongoing monopoly issues driven by the monopoly power of Google and Facebook. Expanding on the actions already underway against Google, the FTC has now issued an investigative order under Section 6(b) of the FTC Act. The FTC is seeking information specifically […]

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Wearable Tech Triggers New Demands for Privacy Protections from Senator Amy Klobuchar

U.S. Senator and former state attorney general Amy Klobuchar publicly sent a letter to the department of Health and Human Services to urge guidance on the use of fitness trackers and other networked devices that capture personal data. Klobuchar’s request for guidance just weeks before the inauguration of a new administration likely signals an interest […]

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