Businesses of all types and sizes throughout the United States, Mexico and beyond bring their disputes to Gardere's litigation team and receive practical, responsive, boutique-style attention in return. Our clients have access to the firepower and value of a well-known and highly-regarded Firm's capabilities and interdisciplinary strengths.
Gardere has a national and international energy practice formed around our Energy Industry Team, which is a multidisciplinary group of approximately 80 attorneys with diverse backgrounds, experience and skills specific to the energy industry. Our team includes attorneys who have served as in-house counsel for major energy companies, providing a depth of insight into our clients' needs, issues and concerns. We understand and regularly practice in virtually every sector of the energy, and we represent a wide variety of industry participants from multinational corporations to individuals.
From our offices in the United States and Mexico, our International Practice helps clients operate in today’s global economy. We have more than 30 professionals operating as a boutique within an Am Law 200 law firm and are able to provide focused service with the resources of a large firm. We understand that clients who are engaged in the global marketplace need lawyers who can operate seamlessly across multiple jurisdictions. Our international experts are multi-lingual, are culturally fluent and intimately familiar with various legal systems across the world, especially those in Latin America. Whether you need help with commercial transactions, regulatory matters, customs and import regulations, immigration matters, M&A and joint ventures, international disputes, or international tax planning, Gardere’s international team is here to assist you.
We represent domestic and foreign private funds in all aspects of fund formation, fund operations, platform and add-on acquisitions, and portfolio company operations. Our team has a reputation for being the go-to-lawyers for private equity funds, hedge funds, venture capital funds and family offices. We are known for our vast deal experience, the efficient way we staff and manage our work, and the way we maintain our relationships. We get deals done with sophisticated, strategic, and practical advice tailored to the needs of our clients.
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When Amazon remotely deleted George Orwell’s 1984 from the Kindle reading devices last week I’m sure that George Orwell rolled over in his grave. Orwell’s novel written in 1949 predicted that Big Brother’s censors would erase anything that the government found objectionable by sending down a “memory hole.” I’m happy to report that my paperback copy that I read in junior high school is still on my library shelf!
When Amazon discovered that its source of the Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm did not have the rights to the books, Amazon remotely deleted copies from the Kindles. This got some headlines and irritated many, but since Amazon did not have the right to distribute the books it did the next best thing, it deleted copies.
Where Are We Going With This?
The Free Software Foundation is soliciting support from many sources (including librarians, publishers and major authors and public intellectuals) to present a petition to Amazon asking that Amazon reconsider its use of software called digital rights management (DRM). DRM is software that restricts the use of copies and devices so for instance the version of 1984 that Amazon distributed could only be viewed on a Kindle and Amazon could delete copies. This runs against the grain of the Copyright Act’s "first sale doctrine" that permits a purchaser of a copyrighted book to sell that copy, but not make other copies. Many individuals are concerned about users of copyrighted materials are losing their rights guaranteed under the Copyright Act. It also seems that George Orwell’s predictions may have come true, not necessarily in 1984, but in 2009.
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