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SXSW Interactive 2014

Is the Sharing Economy Legal?

Marking the shift in consumer values from ownership to access, collaborative consumption has emerged as a new economic model that is changing the way entire communities and cities live and operate. But it has also raised several legal questions. This panel will cover the critical legal factors entrepreneurs ought to know, such as being mindful of federal, state, and local regulations and restrictions that can hamper innovation. Panelists will discuss real-life examples of legal pitfalls sharing services have encountered and how aspiring sharing entrepreneurs can avoid them. The discussion also will cover how the law will eventually catch up to these disruptive enterprises. The panel will conclude with how sharing enterprises have been actively engaged in policy reform that favors innovation and ensures that the sharing economy continues to thrive as it continues towards the mainstream.

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  1. What are the most critical legal factors that entrepreneurs entering the Sharing Economy need to know?
  2. What legal pitfalls and opportunities have already surfaced, with real life examples?
  3. How will the law catch up with the sharing economy?
  4. How are collaborative commerce companies shaping the law and participating in government reform?
  5. What do entrepreneurs, inventors and innovators need to know to protect themselves and their sharing economy ventures?



Mike Hower, Communications Manager, Rocket Lawyer

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  • Tags: law, sharing economy
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Entrepreneurialism and Business
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate
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