Annual IT Law Update


Date: 21 October 2010


Bird & Bird is holding its Annual IT Law Update on the afternoon of Thursday 21 October 2010 from 12.00pm at the Museum of London  in the heart of the City of London.

Our wide-ranging programme will  focus on how new developments in the delivery of IT services are starting to  impact the commercial and contractual terms for the provision of these services, together with developments in IT sector case law and Internet/e-commerce law over the last 12 months,  legal issues associated with the use of  social networking tools and contracting for "greener" IT.
 
The event will be held at the newly renovated Museum of London and a buffet lunch will be available before the start of the Update and drinks will be served after the end of the event.
 
As well as the formal sessions as listed below, Bird & Bird lawyers will be available to answer any IT legal questions that you may have. 
 
The event will attract 4 CPD hours.

Due to the popularity of last year's update, places for this year's event will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

For further information, or to register to attend this seminar please contact the Events Team at events@twobirds.com or call +44 (0)20 7415 6000.

 

The Programme

12.00 - 12.50pm
Registration and lunch

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12.50 - 1.00pm
Introduction
Roger Bickerstaff, Partner, Bird & Bird

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1.00 - 1.30pm
Cloud Computing - business perspectives
Cindy Yip, Legal Counsel, Google

Cloud Computing services are starting to move into the mainstream business environment but the new technology delivery mechanisms and commercial structures underpinning cloud delivery mean that cloud contracts have a very different risk profile to more customer-specific IT services contracts. In this session Cindy will explore some of the key rationales for the risk allocation approaches in cloud services contracts, together with an introductory focus on some of the regulatory issues which impinge on cloud service delivery.

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1.30 - 2.00pm
Social networking
Warren Wayne, Partner, Bird & Bird
 
Social networking has become an entrenched part of people's lives and part of the daily routine of millions of people. In this session, we take an overview of the issues that social networking brings into the workplace, as well as the problems that can result from innocent or even deliberate lapses by staff at all levels of seniority and age.

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 2.00 - 2.30pm
Open Source Software: Reactive & Proactive Governance Solutions
Christian Bartsch, Partner, Bird & Bird
Richard Graham, Associate, Bird & Bird

 
With Open Source Software becoming increasingly used in corporate and commercial environments, there has been an upturn in organisations requiring strategic advice on the use of Open Source Software and its impact on business models and risk management procedures. Christian and Richard highlight the main reactive and proactive Open Source Software governance solutions and identify both the questions and answers for using Open Source Software within a business environment.

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 2.30 - 3.00pm
Contract law update
Andrew White, Partner, Bird & Bird
 
Andrew White will review a number of issues arising from recent court cases which have a bearing on IT projects including the meaning of  'direct loss' after Accenture v GB Gas;  the duty to mitigate and BSkyB v Hewlett -Packard (EDS); can 'any' breach of contract be taken literally?, and preliminary agreements - RTS v Muller.

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3.00 - 3.15pm
Break

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3.15 - 3.45pm
Internet and E-Commerce Update
Graham Smith, Partner, Bird & Bird
 
Graham will provide an overview of the important international Internet and e-commerce legal cases in 2010 together with details of upcoming legal and policy developments.

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3.45 - 4.05pm
SAS Institute vs World Programming
Hilary Pearson, Consultant, Bird & Bird
 
Hilary will examine the implications of this recent High Court case dealing with the copyright infringement in "clone" software.  The High Court has decided to refer important issues of software copyright to the European Court, including whether programming languages, interfaces and functional aspects of software are completely excluded from copyright protection as constituting non-protectable ideas and principles.

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4.05 - 4.30pm
SaaS/cloud contracting models & outsourcing contracts
Howard Rubin, Partner, Bird & Bird
Chris Holder, Partner, Bird & Bird

 
Howard and Chris will review how the SaaS and cloud solutions impact on the outsourcing business model, together with a comparison of the different emerging SaaS/cloud contractual offerings in the business environment.

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4.30 - 4.50pm
The Cloud from Dawn till Dusk - Are European Data Protection Authorities recent views jeopardising the business model?
Fabian Niemann, Partner, Bird & Bird
 
There are lots of discussions and uncertainties about regulatory limits in Europe, in particular regarding data protection and non-EU clouds. Opinions vary from "not possible at all" by some data protection authorities to "nothing new to traditional outsourcing". In fact, the answer is not black and white. In the session, Fabian sets out the first practical experiences which show that issues have to be approached partly different from outsourcing and ASP and that a fresh view on data protection is needed.

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4.50 - 5.10pm
Green IT
Roger Bickerstaff, Partner, Bird & Bird
 
Whilst the economic recession has perhaps put sustainability issues on the "back-burner", IT service providers are now starting to recognise that a credible sustainability offering can provide a marketing advantage.  Roger will examine what sustainability means in an IT services context and some mechanisms for monitoring sustainability within a contractual context. 

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5.10 - 5.15pm
Close of seminar
Roger Bickerstaff, Partner, Bird & Bird

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5.15pm onwards
Drinks and canapés

 

Presentation slides

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