See also: Internet. Or better yet, read my interview with Brad Templeton of the EFF. He knows a million times more than me and a team of lawyers combined when it comes to cloud privacy issues.
"Compliance -- do the standards, networks and protocols behind cloud computing adequately comply with all the relevant federal, state and international laws?"
OK, here I call bullshit. Listen folks, I said it in my first blog, and I'll say it again: There is no magic in the cloud. The "standards, networks and protocols behind cloud computing" are essentially the same as those that run the Internet. Maybe the legal guys should take on the Internet instead? Or wait, maybe the Internet is the cloud? Yeah, that's the ticket. I finally figured it out. You know with all of the vendor spin, it's easy for a simple mind like mine to get confused.
"IP Issues -- as companies connect legacy systems into the new cloud platforms, are they complying with existing intellectual property arrangements, licenses, and laws?"
And there's the FUD. Intellectual property arrangements plus licenses plus laws equal legal fees. It also means you'll be getting to visit beautiful East Texas where they have a great little courthouse in which you can throw your legal battle royal. For those of you who haven't had exposure to the East Texas court, it's commonly called a "rocket docket" by patent professionals. The main reason for this is that Patent litigation's so-called "trolls," businesspeople who buy patents for the sole sake of suing someone for infringement, loved East Texas when they had a weak case. Fortunately a recently issued writ of mandamus in another case is making the East Texas court system far less appealing.
Sheesh. It's like the blind looking for ways to encourage the blind to file lawsuits. What do you think? Are these new legitimate legal issues that need to be addressed? If you're running a cloud offering or using one, chime in with your comments help open a debate. To my mind, this type of legal posturing is simply lawyers jumping into an arena they think is hot.