November 17, 2014

Our Mini-Theme: Watches and Wallets, Compliance and Rebellion: The State of Cyberspace Law

Theodore F. Claypoole

This month’s Cyberspace Law mini-theme in Business Law Today combines the timely and the timeless. Management of the Internet may be in flux, with direct consequences for American business. David Satola and Michael Kelly have been attending the most important recent ICANN meetings and provide an update of a fight for power with all the drama of a telenovela. Steve Middlebrook lends his considerable expertise in payment systems to provide pointers to lawyers whose clients want to use bitcoin for payments. Middlebrook highlights the most practical aspects of the bitcoin phenomenon and places it in the context of our already familiar current payment options. 

John Rothchild glimpses the future of Cyberspace Law as he describes our new era of connectivity and automation that some are calling the “Internet of Things.” He finds new and practical legal issues, like the regulation of self-help software options that are already changing the way automobiles are sold and the loans for them are secured. Finally, I add a meditation on the eternal concerns of protecting your most valuable assets. But now, the assets are electronic, and laws, rules, and regulations command you to protect them in specific ways.

Together, these articles demonstrate directions for the future of Cyberspace Law, colored with the split between implementing cutting-edge technology and regulating practical business matters. Enjoy the mini-theme and keep your eyes on this space. The journey continues.

Cyberspace Law Institute and Winter Working Meeting

Join the Cyberspace Law Institute and Winter Working Meeting on January 23–24, 2015, at the Omni Charlotte Hotel in Charlotte, N.C. The meeting will include four hours of CLE programs, roundtable discussions and work time, as well as chances to mingle and network. Also expect excellent conversations on cutting edge cyberspace topics with some of the top technology lawyers in academia, government, corporate representation, and private practice. If you're new to the committee, this is a great way for us to get to know you and your expertise! We look forward seeing you in Charlotte.

Additional Resources

For other materials on this topic, please refer to the following. 

Business Law Today 

Cyber-Crime, -Cars, and -Coins: Hot Topics in Cyberlaw
(Nov. 2013 mini-theme)

Developments in Cyberspace Law
(Nov. 2012 mini-theme)

Topics in Cyberspace Law
(Dec. 2011 mini-theme) 

ABA Web Store 

RFIDs, Near-Field Communications, and Mobile Payments: A Guide for Lawyers

Apple Pay’s launch makes near-field and mobile payments easier than ever before. More than 200,000 retailers in the U.S. already have near-field readers ready to assist their customers with Apple Pay payments. RFIDs, Near-Field Communications, and Mobile Payments: A Guide for Lawyers covers regulation in the U.S. and abroad and divergent regimes for the protection of consumers’ privacy with regard to this new technology that many companies have adopted.

Internet Law for the Business Lawyer, Second Edition

Internet Law for the Business Lawyer, Second Edition is a great toolkit for advising clients in the electronic environment. The book contains a 10 list of statutes, relevant cases, and regulations, as well as practice tips and important issues when business is conducted in the ever-evolving electronic environment.

Theodore F. Claypoole