Almost nobody reads the fine print on any website or online service, you hit the “Agree” button and move on your way, comfortable in the knowledge that you’ll soon be listening to the hippity hop, or snapchatting, or whatever it is the kids are doing online these days. Well, if you’re an Instagram user, it’s important to take a look at the Terms of Service that are going into effect on January 16, 2013, and it’s a reminder to take a look at the TOS for any service that has the potential to put your personal info out there (read: most free online services). What are these new terms to be aware of? Glad you asked…
The Law Office of Steven M. Ayr, at the ripe old age of 2 years and 9 months, has officially moved into its first office space, and I couldn’t be more excited. For the foreseeable future I’ll be working out of my new home at WorkBar Boston, a forward thinking, fully equipped, and incredible collaborative working environment just steps from South Station.
Going forward, you, loyal but oft neglected blog readers, can expect more posts, more social media updates, and generally more of the informative and snarky takes on the law that you’ve come to expect (once every few months).
So if you need me, I’ll be here:
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This morning I was alerted to an excellent article on NPR.org about the situations tenants find themselves in when their landlord has been foreclosed upon and the bank fails to keep the unit habitable. Naturally, I tweeted it. This, unfortunately, is a situation that I see all too often though, so I thought it deserved a little more in-depth discussion about a tenant’s rights here in the Commonwealth.
My practice is now coming up on its two year anniversary in a few months and, despite that impending milestone I’m still doing a lot of learning by doing and picking up new lessons every day, sometimes from successes, sometimes from failures, sometimes just from being out there. Here are some reflections on a lesson of the third kind that I learned a while back…
It’s a refrain I had heard a thousand times from everyone I’d ever heard discuss the topic, “Whenever possible, if opposing counsel asks for a continuance because of a conflict, give it to them.” I’d internalized it, I’d bought into it, I’d made it my own. I was ready to go forth and be the lawyer who protected his client’s interests while maintaining civility and a shared professional respect among my legal brethren. So naturally, the first opportunity I had, I screwed it up. [Read more…]
As you may have heard, tattoo artist Victor Whitmill is suing Warner Brothers in an attempt to gain money damages and enjoin the release of their film, The Hangover Part 2. Why? Because he put a tattoo on Mike Tyson’s face, and that same tattoo ends up on the face of Ed Helms’ character in the movie. Wow. It’s taken me a little while to process the awesome ridiculousness of this situation. One of the reasons I love copyright law is because all the seminal cases deal with terrific subject matter (A 2 Live Crew song called Hairy Woman? Yeah, that’s precedent.), but I never could have seen this one coming. Let’s delve a little deeper into the issues at play (with full complaint below)…