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If Nitrate-based film stock is in your holdings and it hasn’t decomposed extensively (yet), chances are it’s stable or at least decomposing slowly enough that now is the time to check, inspect, scan or screen. Nitrate film was made by Kodak as well as other manufacturers like DuPont and Gevaert, all with different standards and slightly different chemical formulas. In addition,...

Owners of Acetate- or Nitrate-based motion picture film collections have few good options for restoring and preserving those assets. Although Nitrate and Acetate-based film stocks are chemically different from each other, they are both highly susceptible to degradation, as well as combustion in the case of Nitrate, and should be given priority attention, before it becomes impossible to save valuable,...

Much of the focus on “big data” is devoted to transactions or machine-to-machine data. Unstructured data like documents, images, audio, video and social media streams are generally given lower priority, even though the majority of business data today is unstructured and multiplying rapidly. The Metadata Management Problem in Most Enterprises When it comes to managing unstructured information, most enterprises are either flailing or failing. They...

Hooray for Edendale? The Edendale Bowl? Edendale & Vine? The famous song, outdoor venue, and street corner of the stars might have been labeled “Edendale” instead of “Hollywood” had history taken a different course. Edendale (now Echo Park) is where the movie industry’s Los Angeles roots were planted in the 1910s, during the silent film era, before relocating to Hollywood. Studios were concentrated...

While employee conduct in relation to social media is an important issue for law firms and corporations, the leaders within those organizations all too often give little thought to copyright infringement, like employees who incorporate YouTube video clips or images from a Google search into a PowerPoint presentation.  Yes, it is commonly done every day, but at the same time,...

Opportunities for copyright infringement are greater than ever. With a couple of keystrokes, digital information can be copied and pasted anywhere. With a few more, it’s easily pushed out to a multitude via email or social media. And then there is the "save as" option in browsers, word processors and other applications that makes it more than easy to save...

Often when discussing outsourcing advantages, the talk is centered on employer benefits. The employee side of outsourcing is rarely covered, lending it status as the proverbial elephant in the room. LAC Group has contributed to this dynamic ourselves, including this recent guest post published by LAC Group CEO Deb Schwarz on 3 Geeks and a Law blog. We decided it might be worthwhile...

Self-service research, good or bad? The answer is, of course, it depends. And the true answer may be that it’s a little bit of both. In my own experience as a research professional at LAC Group, as well as that of LAC in general, time and again we have seen the best solution to be a balance of technology and skilled researchers. Yet...

Although law firm leaders are projecting a healthy 2015, the long-term consensus is that profitability will face continued downward pressure. As President Obama just delivered his State of the Union speech, I decided to turn this into a ‘State of Law Firm Profitability’ address. While doing some research on this topic, I found a few notable perspectives worth sharing and have curated...

Good news: The 2015 employment outlook is bright. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal gives advice on how to “surf the wave of good news” for job candidates. A word of caution: The good news does not apply equally to all situations and all job seekers. Having the right training, skills and capabilities are necessary in the transition from job...