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May 16, 2018 -

Privacy Alert: GDPR Enforcement Effective May 25, 2018

by Matthew Klahre and Andrew Baer The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the European Union’s latest privacy regime for the protection of the personal data of EU citizens.  The GDPR is an unprecedented change in the current E.U. and … Continue reading


April 23, 2018 -

Baer Crossey McDemus Welcomes Robert Auritt as a Partner, Enhances the Firm’s Digital Media Practice and Adds Esports Focus

PHILADELPHIA, PA – April 20, 2018) Baer Crossey McDemus LLC, a Philadelphia- and Pittsburgh-based law firm, is excited to welcome Robert Auritt to the firm as a Partner.  Rob brings to the firm extensive in-house and law firm experience as a … Continue reading


February 16, 2018 -

Baer Crossey McDemus Welcomes Former Deputy City Solicitor Benjamin Mishkin as an Associate

(PHILADELPHIA, PA – February 16, 2018) Baer Crossey McDemus LLC, a Philadelphia- and Pittsburgh-based law firm, is excited to welcome Benjamin Mishkin to the firm as an Associate.  Ben is well-versed in data use and data license agreements governing the … Continue reading


August 17, 2017 -

Federal District Court Ruling Against LinkedIn Has Major Implications for Web Scrapers

In a scraping case that strikingly endorses an open, accessible Internet as a “social norm,” a California federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction blocking LinkedIn from preventing (or using technical countermeasures to prevent) a California startup from scraping publicly … Continue reading


May 25, 2017 -

Free Doesn’t Mean No Strings Attached: Open Source Licenses Are Real Contracts

A ruling by a California federal court has confirmed that open source licenses for free public software can be legally enforced as contracts and that modification or distribution of open source code in a manner that violates the license terms … Continue reading


May 4, 2017 -

Baer Crossey McDemus Welcomes Chad M. Cowan as Senior Associate

(PHILADELPHIA, PA – May 4, 2017)  Baer Crossey McDemus LLC, a Philadelphia-based law firm, is excited to welcome Chad Cowan to the firm as a Senior Associate.  Chad brings to the firm extensive experience advising a wide variety of companies … Continue reading


February 7, 2017 -

Usability vs. Enforceability – Trends in Enforcing Terms of Use

by Matthew Klahre and Jay Gantz Some classic struggles will never end – yin vs. yang, Jedi vs. Sith, and UX vs. Legal (when it comes to the explicitness of a user’s acceptance of a website’s Terms of Service (“ToS”)). … Continue reading


January 13, 2017 -

Smooth Talkers: Best Practices for Chatbot Privacy Compliance as Capabilities Expand

by Matthew Klahre, Andrew Baer, and Jay Gantz Chatbots like Siri, Google Assistant, Alexa, and other personal assistants, raise a host of novel privacy concerns as their capabilities continue to rapidly expand.  One such concern is that by directly integrating … Continue reading


December 13, 2016 -

New Registration and Periodic Updates Required for Copyright Agents

by Christopher Dodson and Jay Gantz The U.S Copyright Office has finally arrived at this millennium, offering an easy-to-use online registration system for DMCA Safe Harbor agents.  But upholding the old adage “there’s no such thing as a free lunch,” … Continue reading


December 7, 2016 -

Baer Crossey McDemus Welcomes Raymond D. Agran as a Partner

(PHILADELPHIA, PA – November 14, 2016)  Baer Crossey McDemus LLC, a Philadelphia-based law firm, is excited to welcome Raymond Agran to the firm as a Partner.  Ray brings to the firm nearly 35 years of experience advising clients on venture … Continue reading