From the editor:
The UCLA School of Law’s Entertainment Law Review (ELR) and Journal of Law and Technology (JOLT) are co-hosting their first annual Symposium on March 18, 2012 at the UCLA School of Law. The Journals are seeking submissions for the Symposium, which will focus on legal issues related to cloud computing. Papers may address any important aspect of the law and cloud computing, including privacy concerns, antitrust violations, and intellectual property and copyright claims.
ELR and JOLT are particularly interested in the current issues and concerns regarding cloud computing. Cloud computing is the use of software as a service, rather than as a product, whereby shared resources and information are provided to computers by third parties over a network. The concerns raised in regard to privacy issues center on the increased ability of companies hosting the cloud service to keep track of the information and data stored between the user and the host. Service providers will be capable of accessing and monitoring consumers’ habits with greater ease than ever before. Another concern is antitrust as cloud computing services will provide large companies with more power to resist competition. As of right now, it is unknown whether or not a consumer will be forced to exclusively consume particular products and services once that consumer selects a cloud service provider. Many companies may use cloud computing as a way of linking the cloud service to their individual products, thus reducing the ability of consumers to use competing products. Finally, there is the possibility that intellectual property laws may interfere with the success of cloud computing, and it remains to be seen how cloud computing will comply with copyright laws.
DEADLINES TO SUBMIT:
Papers (drafts): February 27, 2012
Please submit an Abstract by December 21, 2011 to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Symposium Submission” in the subject line. Selected presenters will be notified by January 3, 2012, and will be asked to provide a polished draft of their Paper by February 27. Papers will be jointly published in the Summer 2012 issues of the Entertainment Law Review and the Journal of Law & Technology.