Federal Trade Commission Crackdown on Non-Compete Agreements

The Federal Trade Commission has fired a major shot across the bow of employers that rely on non-compete agreements. Back in January of 2023, the FTC proposed a new regulation limiting the majority of non-compete agreements in the United States.

Is ChatGPT Fair Use?

On December 27, 2023, the New York Times filed a lawsuit against OpenAI and Microsoft alleging that ChatGPT’s “large language model” neural network algorithms infringe the Times’ copyrights. What’s really at issue here is that, in order for OpenAI to

Copyright Notice

“Copyright 2023 John Smith” – you may have seen something like this on the bottom of a website, at the front of a book, or elsewhere. But, what does it mean and why is it there? A copyright notice consists

Overview of the Patent Process

Taking your invention from an idea to a United States patent can be a complicated process. But, in this blog post, I will break down the steps to help you understand the process. Step 1: Developing Your Idea Of course,

Continued Software Security Threats

Back in 2016, I wrote about the U.S. Government losing control of high-level security software (AKA, “hacking tools”). Now, the New York Times is reporting that the City of Baltimore has been hacked. You see, years ago, the NSA (allegedly)

Supreme Court Requires Copyright Registration Before Litigation

Sometimes, Supreme Court opinions make headlines. This is not one of those times. In a decision issued on March 4, 2019, the Supreme Court resolved an ongoing unresolved question that comes up often in copyright litigation – in order to

Ain’t Dere No More

New Orleans is full of old companies and brand names that simply ain’t dere no more. Can someone besides the original company make the old brand come back? Sometimes, the answer is yes, other times, the answer is no. It’s

What is Bitcoin – Part 2 – Practical Benefits

This is Part 2 of a Series on Bitcoin. Click to read Part 1 – What is Bitcoin?, where I discuss what Bitcoin is and give a basic overview of how it works. This post assumes some basic familiarity with

What is Bitcoin?

Over the past few years, you may have seen one of many news stories about something called Bitcoin (). Here are just a few of them: L.A. hospital forced to pay $17,000 in bitcoin ransom to get medical records back

Practical Tips in view of the Equation Group Hack

Last week, in a series of events seemingly a mix between Mr. Robot and Austin Powers, something fairly unusual happened that could potentially cause security problems for many people and businesses. And, perhaps because the story is a little crazy,