William S. Galkin, Esq.

William Galkin manages GalkinLaw. Mr. Galkin has dedicated his legal practice to representing Internet, e-commerce, computer technology and new media businesses across the U.S. and around the world. He serves as a trusted adviser to both startup and multinational corporations on their core commercial transactions.

Recent Posts

GUIDE FOR PREPARING YOUR EMPLOYEE SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY

Social media is ubiquitous. Perhaps this is an understatement. Social media provides a powerful platform to express personal, political and, yes, commercial messages. So, if you are not seriously leveraging social media to market [...]

THE NECESSITY OF HAVING AN EMPLOYEE SOCIAL MEDIA USE POLICY or “Boy, that was one rough week for social media, employees and the President!”

It’s a fact of life. Employees use social media. This use can be both personal and for business. Sometimes the line between the two usages can be blurred. However, either use can impact your business – at times substantially, as [...]

THE NET NEUTRALITY CONTROVERSY DE-MYSTIFIED

There has been a lot of dust kicked up lately in the public sphere around the impending rollback by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of the net neutrality regulations. Mixed in this dust is a lot of misinformation and [...]

"Work Made for Hire" is little known trap for the unwary in California Independent Contractor Agreements

Independent Contractor Agreements will almost always contain an IP ownership section that provides that the services are a "work made for hire" under the U.S. Copyright Act. This magic language vests copyright ownership in the [...]

WHEN EMAIL THREADS CAN BECOME BINDING CONTRACTS

It is important to be aware of how easy it is to unintentionally create a binding contract when communicating by email.

Email communications are the most common form of business communication. A large and critical portion of [...]

HOW TO “LEGALLY” MANAGE NEGATIVE CUSTOMER REVIEWS

You invest a lot of time, resources and money developing, operating and marketing your business, and building your good reputation in the market. Then someone, likely a disgruntled customer, posts a very negative review. You may [...]

THE STATE OF THE LAW ON DATA SCRAPING

LinkedIn pushed back – for now

Data is king on the Internet. Of course, real commerce does occur via the Internet in huge and increasing volumes and SaaS offerings are proliferating, but no matter what activities are occurring, [...]

NEGOTIATING LICENSE & SERVICES AGREEMENTS:Part 2–Data Breach Liability

In our cloud-centered business environment (which will only become all the more so), there are usually at least two potentially responsible parties to a data breach: (1) the business that provides services or products to [...]

WHEN SHOULD YOU REGISTER A COPYRIGHT?

I am often asked about copyright registrations and when is it worthwhile to register a copyright.

NEGOTIATING LICENSE AND SERVICES AGREEMENTS: Part 1 – Limitation of Liability Clauses

In many license and services agreement negotiations the last clause to be finalized is the limitation of liability clause. There’s good reason for this because at the end of the day, after all the details regarding obligations [...]

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