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John wears two hats – columnist and lawyer. He writes a monthly column, Leading-Edge Law, for the Richmond Times-Dispatch on breaking legal issues in the e-commerce, intellectual property and high-tech fields. He’s been writing columns since 1998.
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Firms in U.S. Navigating an IT Passage to India

Tuesday, May 21st, 2002

Published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch May 21, 2002 In May last year, The Economist magazine noted that General Electric (No. 6 in the Fortune 500) had more employees in India than in the United States. Information technology outsourcing has arrived. Outsourcing of IT functions to India by U.S. companies has mushroomed. India’s association of IT Read the full article…


What Will be the Legal Fate of the Napster Replacements?

Monday, April 22nd, 2002

Published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch April 22, 2002 The recording industry used powerful United States copyright laws to bury Napster. Now Napster’s successors are facilitating the swapping of more music than Napster achieved at its high point. Will the recording industry succeed in using the law to kill these offspring? The Death of Napster To Read the full article…


Anti-Copying Software for CDs Creates Backlash from Consumers, Congressman

Monday, March 25th, 2002

Published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch March 25, 2002 Charley Pride always has been a path breaker. In the 1960s he became country music’s first black star and now is the only black member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Recently he became the first U.S. recording artist to release a music CD using anti-copying Read the full article…


Is the Business Software Alliance’s Bite as Fierce as its Advertised Bark?

Monday, February 25th, 2002

Published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch (February 25, 2002) Should your company fear the Business Software Alliance and, if so, how much? The BSA is a coalition of the world’s largest software manufacturers, such as Microsoft and IBM. Its most visible purpose is to combat the illegal copying of its members’ software. The BSA’s mere existence Read the full article…


Does the U.S. Constitution Allow States to Have Laws Exiling Spam?

Monday, January 28th, 2002

Published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch January 28, 2002 The French playwright Moliere once wrote “Nearly all men die of their remedies and not of their illnesses.” In the realm of medicine, this phrase once was almost universally true. For example, our first president, George Washington, died in 1799, purportedly from a severe throat infection. Yet, Read the full article…