My name is Bill Wilson. I’m a lawyer helping clients with civil matters and mediations in South Bend, Indiana, since 1991. For more than 20 years I’ve been fascinated by technology, particularly Apple computers and other products. I work with the law firm of Anderson, Agostino & Keller, P.C. My practice concentrates in family law and other civil court cases with some entertainment law matters thrown in for good measure. I also teach a course in entertainment law for the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television and Theatre. I write a column for the ABA magazine GPSOLO, and I’ve been interviewed about legal issues by media ranging from The Wall Street Journal and Wine Spectator to our local public radio station, WVPE.

Third Apple is a blog covering the intersection of technology and law. Some posts will look at this intersection from the angle of interesting developments in the law. Other posts will offer the viewpoint of using technology in the law practice. Attorneys who use Macs and iOS devices will find useful information here.

The title “Third Apple” is borrowed from Jean-Louis Gassée‘s book The Third Apple, published in the 1980s. It is out of print, but if you can find a copy, you should give it a read. I own a copy, but I am not sure where it is these days.

Gassée argued that there were three apples of importance in history. The first apple was the forbidden fruit in Eden, as told in the Book of Genesis. The second apple was the apocryphal orb that Isaac Newton observed fall to the ground, leading Newton to develop his laws of motion. The third apple is Apple, Inc. At the time, Gassée was perhaps a little overzealous in claiming that Apple in the 1980s changed the world by introducing user-friendly computers. Today, however, it is hard to deny that Apple has made a huge imprint on how technology is used. From the Macintosh to the iPod to the iPhone and now the iPad, Apple has helped bring the power of the Internet into our homes and hands.

A quick disclaimer: This blog is in no way related to, authorized by, endorsed by, or probably even known to Jean-Louis Gassée. His book and this blog share a title, but that’s it. I may agree with much of what he said in his work, but all the content here is mine unless otherwise noted. All trademarks that belong to Apple, Inc. or anyone else are theirs, and no claims are made to any of the intellectual property of others.

Yet another disclaimer: Nothing you read here should be taken as legal advice. The law is very dependent on facts, and while you might think something I write about here is the same as your case, it probably isn’t. In addition, just because you read something here does not mean that I am serving as your attorney (nor is my law firm).

If you have a legal problem or question, as Shakespeare might say, get thee to an attorney’s office.


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