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Lawyers still can’t figure out online marketing

One of the great things that comes out of reading end-of-the-year legal tech surveys is a true overview of how slow the legal market continues to be in adopting technology. Not new technology, mind you. Any technology.
Take the case of online marketing. The 2019 ABA tech survey has some rather startling revelations regarding the ... (full story)

Can an AI contract robot engage in the unauthorized practice of law?

What? What kind of a question is that? Science fiction? Bad tech dream?
Nope. The answer is yes—at least in Germany. But the implications may be far vaster.
A German court has ruled that an AI-based platform that creates a contract out of the answers to a set of questions violates its laws on who (or what, apparently) ... (full story)

Law office cybersecurity slowly improving

The 2019 ABA Legal Technology Survey Report shows that the industry is making small, slow strides in protecting itself and its clients’ confidential information from hackers and other bad computer actors. It isn’t much improvement, but a little bit might go a long way.
The survey was taken throughout all sectors of t ... (full story)

IEEE to develop legal AI standards

Nice to see the powers that be have the same view of legal AI that I do.
The legal AI landscape is the “Wild West,” and requires standardization, according to Nicolas Economou, chair of the Law Committee of the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems. IEEE is the Institute of Elect ... (full story)

SCOTUS to hear legal text copyright case this term

It is axiomatic that laws and court decisions belong to the people and are therefore not subject to copyright.
Or is it? But about annotated statutes? Is the annotation subject to copyright by the state, or by a publisher contracted by the state? The US Supreme Court will be deciding that issue in Georgia, et. al. v. Public.Res ... (full story)