Metaverse and web 3.0
As the metaverse and web 3.0 take shape they offer opportunities for growth and creativity in every sector.
What do they mean for business?
We work with some of the leading pioneers developing blockchain, artificial intelligence and AR/VR/XR technologies, and also help many other companies to navigate distributed ledger technology, NFTs, cryptography, smart contracts and their application to the world, especially in the areas of entertainment, brands, sports, art and collectibles.
Our specialist knowledge
Our legal experts support clients on the use of the technology in identity verification, security and rights attribution, and on the intersection of financial services regulation and digital transformation, including crypto-assets, ICOs and STOs. Our team also includes a member of the Steering Committee of Global Blockchain Convergence whose objectives include advocating for business, market and policy frameworks that facilitate adoption of blockchain and complementary technologies and advance entrepreneurship.
The legal considerations of the metaverse and web 3.0
In order to decipher the laws that are relevant to these new online environments and guide and support companies and individuals who operate in them, we can advise on:
- Adtech and advertising regulation
- Anti-money laundering
- AI and ethics
- Brand collaborations, promotions and virtual experiences
- Copyright, trademarks and patents
- Content licensing and rights acquisition
- Data protection and privacy
- Discrimination and harassment
- DLT, Bitcoin and other crypto-assets
- Intellectual property
- NFTs and brand strategy
- People and culture issues
- Technology and software licensing
- Smart contracts
- Reputation and deepfakes
- Regulation and compliance
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Alex Bazin discusses the intersection of technology and the legal realm on IT Labs’ CTO Confessions podcast14 September 2023
This conversation offers listeners an understanding of how modern technology augments the expertise of lawyers and simplifies transactional work, revealing the transformative effects of AI and tech innovations.
Mind-reading tech in the workplace – a good thing, or the end of the world as we know it?03 August 2023
The ICO released its first report on neurotechnology on 8 June: a fast-emerging tech that records and processes data directly from an individual’s brain and nervous system (“neurodata”).
Promoting cryptoassets: what you need to know and next steps23 June 2023
New legislation, the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) (Amendment) Order 2023 (FPO Amendment Order) has been made which brings certain cryptoassets within the UK’s framework for regulating financial promotions.
Financial promotions: final legislation, rules and guidance bringing cryptoassets within the financial promotion regime now published09 June 2023
The final version of Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) (Amendment) Order 2023 (Order) has been published. The Order relates to the regulation of certain cryptoasset financial promotions.
AI 101 - Moving fast and breaking things?22 March 2023
2022 brought the release of a series of generative AI tools that have the potential to fundamentally change our economy. 2023 is likely to be a watershed year for mass interaction with AI. From searching for information to generating copy, AI could change the landscape forever.
Checklist for a successful crypto-provider registration application07 March 2023
Any business that intends to operate in the UK as a cryptoasset exchange provider or custodian wallet provider is required to register, but many are at risk of falling short at the first hurdle: the application for registration.
ChatGPT, AI and journalism: Legal and ethical pitfalls explained. JJ Shaw writes for the Press Gazette02 March 2023
Lawyer JJ Shaw examines the potential implications of using AI in the newsroom.
AI 101: What are the key data privacy risks and rewards for this new tech?23 February 2023
This is the fifth article in our “AI 101” series, where the team at Lewis Silkin will unravel the legal issues involved in the development and use of AI text and image generation tools.