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SXSW panel explores law on Mars

With Elon Musk’s SpaceX unveiling plans for manned missions to Mars and NASA’s Mars Exploration Program, the concept interplanetary inhabitation isn’t as far-fetched as it once was. “A new physical frontier is also a new legal frontier,” said Berin Szoka, an attorney and president of policy think tank TechFreedom and panelist for the session Making … Continue Reading

SXSW: A guide to legal-related sessions at the Austin festival

Austin’s most anticipated yearly event is back and lawyers have many opportunities to learn about legal trends and the future of the profession while taking part in the festivities. South by Southwest has been offering continuing legal education and other law-related programming since 1998, and this year it features panels on everything from cybersecurity and … Continue Reading

Four agreements: client tips for navigating music industry contracts

Musicians, songwriters, and producers packed the room for this South by Southwest session titled “Four Agreements Every Artist Needs to Understand.” The goal was to give audience members a better understanding of the music industry’s legal issues so that they don’t fall victim to bad deals and disputes down the line. Panelists—including entertainment attorneys Steve … Continue Reading

Attorney addiction and the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program discussed at SXSW

A panel titled “Substance Abuse and Dealing with Addiction” at one of the biggest parties of the year? The dichotomy was not lost on the attorneys and handful of musicians attending this Saturday morning South by Southwest event—part of the continuing legal education track—and they moved in closer to the speakers for what was described … Continue Reading

SXSW: the sharing economy, terrorism and the Internet, and drones policy

As downtown Austin was transforming for the first day of the more raucous South by Southwest Music Festival, the SXSW Interactive Festival’s last day had many legal-related sessions taking place in quiet, air-conditioned rooms across town. The three I attended shared common themes of privacy and personal freedom, liability, and the impact on technology and … Continue Reading

SXSW: Three standards for successfully claiming fair use in filmmaking

Professionals from the film industry filled the room to get tips on avoiding copyright infringement from the “legal Obi Wan Kenobi” as part of the South by Southwest Film session “FairUse-Docs & Fiction Films-Everybody Is Welcome!” Fair use is an exception that allows artists to legally reproduce or use copyrighted material under certain conditions without … Continue Reading

SXSW: Creativity, ingenuity, and knowledge will help lawyers keep jobs safe from robots

As to be expected for an event at the tech-focused South by Southwest Interactive Festival, a panel of artificial intelligence entrepreneurs voiced fearless optimism for the future job market, even though some studies predict that 47 percent of workers could be replaced by computerization. Much of the insight from the panelists of “Finding a Job … Continue Reading

SXSW legal: where to go, what to do, who to see.

It’s not all fun, games, and schmooze at the year’s most buzzed about event in Austin. Forward-thinking attorneys interested in learning about legal trends, caselaw, and the future of the industry have options—many of them. Since 1998, South by Southwest has been offering continuing legal education and additional legal-related programming, and this year features panels … Continue Reading
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