I am, with Tara Mooney Aaron, the founding partner of Aaron & Sanders, PLLC. Our missions are (1) to help technology in Nashville and Middle Tennessee succeed, and (2) help people navigate, avoid and leverage the complex challenges and opportunities presented by changing technology, the Internet and intellectual property (copyright, trademark, etc.). We carry out this mission not only through excellent, responsive and efficient legal services, but through education about the legal basics.
Rick has been engaging with the legal problems and challenges presented by software, hardware, e-commerce, social media and the Internet for his entire career. Rick’s first two cases of his career in Silicon Valley in 2001 involved the business and technology of making music available over the Internet. Rick was hooked on intellectual property (“IP”) and especially the Internet.
In 2001, Internet law was regarded as a trendy distraction from more important matters. Today, it is an essential part of nearly every company’s legal strategy. The legal areas it touches upon are notoriously complex. When combined with the rapidly evolving nature of on-line business, the applicable law becomes unstable: always well behind the curve. Despite these conditions, Rick will present you with common-sense strategies to achieve your business objectives. There are few silver bullets in IP and Internet law, and one rarely sees the same problem twice. But with custom-tailored strategies, combining legal, business and technological tools, Rick can help you overcome the challenges and grasp the opportunities presented by the Internet and intellectual property.
Although he enjoys all forms of intellectual property, copyright law has always been foremost. Rick has been the co-producer of “The Copyright Office Comes to Music City” since 2005, where he has put together panels on such hot-button issues as the payment of broadcasting royalties to artists and strategies for responding to digital piracy. Rick is also a national authority on anonymous speech on the Internet, having presented twice at the ABA Annual Conference on the subject. The subject appeals to Rick because it combines three issues near to his heart: free expression, the Internet, and civil procedure. He has also recently contributed a chapter on the Stored Communications Act to the 2011 edition of Aspatore Books’ Inside the Minds: Understanding Developments in Cyberspace Law, which is due to be published later this year.