Author Archives: Matt Johnston

The Proliferation of Non-Disclosure Agreements

The proliferation of crappy non-disclosure agreements is driving me nuts. Aside from the clear lack of trust between humans that has driven the growth of this usually meaningless document, most are a waste of time, energy, and legal fees. The overuse of NDAs has gotten so bad, I channeled my inner Dennis Miller and had a little rant about NDAs, consideration for the NDAs, and a few things to think about to determine if you actually need an NDA.

 

Writing Contracts Requires Imagination

When your lawyers lack imagination, it could cost you $5.5 million. Cognitive psychologist and author Steven Pinker wrote that writing requires imagination. Writers, according to Pinker, have to imagine interacting with their audience without the benefit of direct feedback, such as verbal response, facial expression, or body language. Even text messages have a level of… Continue Reading