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Changes to the UCC Addressing Digital Assets Up for Consideration

It is no secret that buying, using and trading cryptocurrency and non-fungible tokens has become more and more commonplace. Less clear is whether crypto, like Bitcoin or Ethereum, is to be treated as money. Even more of a mystery to regulators and market participants alike is how security interests in digital assets can be perfected—this so that other parties cannot improperly claim ownership. If adopted, a newly proposed Article 12 of the Uniform Commercial Code would address these issues by governing transfers (including sales and financings) of digital assets. (Read More)

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5 Emerging Trends in Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Treatment

The business of mental health and addiction treatment is continually evolving. Here, we shine a light on five trends in the mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) space, from insurance company challenges to developing therapeutic methodologies. (Read More)

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Preserving the Confidentiality of Cybersecurity Forensic Reports

Your company’s computer network has been breached and confidential customer data stolen. Not surprisingly, this results in a lawsuit filed against you by down-the-line victims; read, customers whose personal information found its way into the wrong hands.

In response to the breach, you did all the right things, including hiring experts to investigate and provide a forensic report. But to your dismay, that report—which includes some rather sensitive and potentially damaging information—has become subject of discovery in the litigation. What are you to do? (Read More)

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5 Ways Blockchain Technology Will Change The Legal Industry

Blockchain technology is changing the world as we know it. Indeed, the investment opportunities it has spawned—namely, cryptocurrency and NFTs—have captured imaginations worldwide.

Headlines about newly minted crypto millionaires and eye-popping NFT deals aside, there are many questions surrounding blockchains (both private and public), including uncertainty about who bears responsibility for maintaining privately-owned blockchains versus public ones that are sustained by way of mining requirements or gas fees. (Read More)

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Athletes Aren’t Changing the Collegiate Playing Field, NIL Deals Are

Eight million dollars. That’s the mind-bending potential value of an NIL deal recently signed by a 2023 five-star football recruit—a kid still in high school who’s now positioned to join the seven-figure club by the time he’s a college senior.

NIL deals were also front and center during March Madness. Several men’s and women’s basketball players participating in the tournament were endorsing footwear, apparel and the like in exchange for big bucks. (Read More)

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How NFTs Are Rockin’ the Music Industry

Just over a year ago, Michael Winkelmann—better known as Beeple—shook the art world when an NFT of his work, a digital collage titled “Everydays: The First 5000 Days, sold for $69 million through an auction at Christie’s. Some would say this is the eye-popping sale that cemented the NFT craze that continues to make headlines.

Since then, NFTs have expanded well beyond fine arts. In fact, non-fungible tokens have exploded, creating new business models across industries. This includes the music space, which has joined the chorus of NFT innovation. (Read More)

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For Cyber and Data Security, Companies Are Only as Strong as Their Weakest Links 

Cybercrime is on the rise and continues to come in all shapes and sizes. Late last month, it was discovered that hackers gained access to the underlying blockchain that powers Axie Infinity, a very popular NFT-based online video game, and stole the equivalent of $625 million in cryptocurrency. The breach represents the second biggest hack in crypto history. (Read More)

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Crypto Under a Microscope: President Biden Issues Executive Order Regarding Digital Assets

Cryptocurrency prices continue to hover in the stratosphere, yet volatility remains one of the hallmarks of these digital assets. It’s this instability, along with the consumer protection issues and national security and climate-related risks associated with Bitcoin, Ethereum and the like, that have driven President Joe Biden to action. (Read More)

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Utah Joins the Privacy Law Bandwagon

Utah has enacted a privacy law, after its House and Senate unanimously passed the Utah Consumer Privacy Act. Governor Spencer Cox signed the legislation, which means Utah joins California, Colorado and Virginia as the only states in the nation that have given the nod to comprehensive privacy statutes. (Read More)

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NFTs and IP: What Owners And Sellers Need to Know

Blockchain technology is changing the world. With it has come a whole new category of investment opportunities, including non-fungible tokens—better known as NFTs—which have been fodder for headlines since breaking into the mainstream in 2021.

It’s the sky-high purchase prices of NFTs that’ve garnered most of the attention since they became popular last year. But behind these attention-grabbing transactions are the intellectual property considerations that NFT owners and sellers—brands included—must keep top of mind. (Read More)