Questions and Answers: Photo Evidence and Data Migration
As an attorney, you may come across a variety of technology-based questions depending on your specialization area. Whether you regularly practice intellectual property or corporate law, answers to your tech questions may be found below.
Here you will find information regarding the unauthorized use of a photograph on the web. If you want to learn how to determine if there's a record or time-stamp generated when a photograph is posted on the Internet, see the answers below. You will also find useful information on solutions to incompatible software programs and advice on how to handle migration issues.
Q: Dear IT Guy, I am an attorney defending a company with respect to its alleged unauthorized use of a person's photograph, which was posted on the Internet. I want to be able to determine exactly when the image was posted on the Internet and when it was removed. Is there any written or electronic record made when an image is posted to a web site? Is there a written or electronic record made when an image is removed from a site?
A: Dear Attorney, if you had access to the web server that the photograph was posted on, you might be able to determine when the page was modified, but it isn't something that is readily available or easy to determine. There is some archiving software that saves this information, but this too would most likely be on the web server.
If you don't have access to the web server it would be very difficult to know when something was posted or removed. There are a couple of web sites that do random archiving of pages, but whether the data you need is available is a long shot.
Q: Dear IT Guy, a recent upgrade brought our law firm systems up to Windows XP. Prior to the upgrade we used a data storage process in Symantec's Q&A program. The Q&A version doesn't work on XP, and we are in need of being able to file the increasing stack of information. Please let us know if you have a solution.
A: Dear reader, I would check to make sure that you have full installation access rights. You did not state your role in your law firm, so it may be that you don't have full installation rights to run the Q&A program.
It is also very likely that if the Q&A program is an older 16-bit program, it will not run on XP. If you do not have a copy of Microsoft Access, it may be worth your while to purchase a single version. Then, you could spend a few days reading a Microsoft Access Development book, which would show you how to use the readily available Wizards to migrate and create a similar way to store your collected data.
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