Overview

UT Law’s 31st Annual Technology Law Conference brings together a nationally-recognized faculty of technology and licensing practitioners, in-house counsel from leading tech companies, and experts in open source, data privacy and security, and emerging technology for the latest issues affecting the industry. This year’s program features:
  • A luncheon presentation by Texas Law Professor Robert M. Chesney on National Cybersecurity Policy and Security Issues.
  • GDPR is Effective Today!, with updates and discussion on compliance considerations.
  • Advanced licensing strategies and updates; plus discussion on the enforcement of open source and community licenses through copyright infringement.
  • A look at Core Aspects of Federal Procurement Law in Technology Transactions including the new cyber-security requirements for government contractors.
  • Practical tips for navigating ethical issues that arise in negotiating commercial and technical contracts abroad.
  • An in-house counsel discussion on current cybersecurity challenges and trends.
  • An easy-to-understand overview of cryptocurrencies, tokens, blockchain and other applications.
  • The latest law and policies surrounding self-driving cars and drones.
  • “Make or break” legal issues for startups, from entity formation to financing to regulatory compliance.
  • Key Considerations in the Acquisition of Private Technology Companies.
  • An essential ethics presentation on Law Firm Data Security and the Ethical Duty of Technology Competence.
  • 3.00 hours of Ethics, including a presentation on Technology and Access to Justice.
  • Multiple opportunities for networking, including the Thursday Evening Reception for all attendees.

Event Schedule

Program is subject to change.
All times are Central Time Zone.

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Thursday Morning
    Presiding Officer:
    William L. LaFuze, McKool Smith - Houston, TX
  • 7:30 am
    Austin Only
    Registration Opens
    Includes continental breakfast.

  • 8:20 am
    Welcoming Remarks

  • 8:30 am
    1.00 hr
    Advanced Licensing
    With more and more companies monetizing their intellectual property through licensing arrangements and other forms of technology transactions, courts continue to develop licensing law and contract principles at an ever-increasing pace. Review important key agreement clauses in light of recent developments, with an emphasis on practical drafting and negotiating strategies.

    Edward A. Cavazos, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP - Austin, TX
    Keith E. Witek, Tesla Motors - Austin, TX

  • 9:30 am
    0.75 hr
    Open Source and Community License Enforcement
    Enforcement of open source licenses via copyright infringement actions, in the US and abroad, is common. Address community efforts to reign in copyright trolls and describe current trolling activity.

    Heather J. Meeker, O'Melveny & Myers LLP - Menlo Park, CA

  • 10:15 am
    0.50 hr
    Core Aspects of Federal Procurement Law in Technology Transactions
    Federal procurement law mandates that U.S. Government contractors be cyber-secure, yet provide high technology products which can be seamlessly shared by multiple U.S. Government agencies for efficiency. Is this possible, and what are the new cyber-security requirements for Federal Government contractors?

    Dan Minutillo, Minutillo Law Corporation - San Jose, CA

  • 10:45 am
    Break

  • 11:00 am
    0.75 hr
    0.50 hr ethics
    International Technology Contracting and Negotiating Abroad and Ethical Considerations
    Discuss ethical issues that arise when negotiating commercial and technical contracts abroad with a focus on negotiations in Europe and Asia. Hear practical tips on how to navigate the issues while still supporting the business objective.

    Moderator:
    Mike Stimson, Norton Rose Fulbright - San Antonio, TX
    Panelists:
    Bret DiMarco, Coherent, Inc. - Santa Clara, CA
    Michael Okada, Dolby Laboratories - San Francisco, CA
    Kim M. Vo, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. - Austin, TX

  • 11:45 am
    0.75 hr
    It's 3 a.m., Do You Know Where Your Data is?
    Modern companies are awash in data. Employees generate it and are usually looking for the most efficient way to share it internally and externally. Review the myriad of problems that can occur even with the most well-meaning of employees. From the possible export control risks of emailing technical information to an overseas colleague, to using Dropbox and other file sharing sites to exchange information, to providing data to contract employees, and more, explore the state of the law as it relates to data and what can happen if you lose control of it.  

    David M. Hoffman, Fish & Richardson P.C. - Austin, TX
    Robert Arthur Rodriguez, Advanced Micro Devices - Austin, TX

  • 12:30 pm
    Austin Only
    Pick Up Lunch
    Included in registration.

  • Thursday Afternoon
    Presiding Officer:
    Jeffrey B. Andrews, Bracewell - Houston, TX
  • LUNCHEON PRESENTATION
  • 12:50 pm
    0.50 hr
    Cybersecurity as National Security
    Cybersecurity intersects substantially with national security giving rise to complex questions of policy and law. Hear Professor Chesney map the terrain and review important recent developments.

    Robert M. Chesney, The University of Texas School of Law - Austin, TX

  • 1:20 pm
    Break

  • 1:35 pm
    0.75 hr
    Patient-centric Approaches to Digital Health and Wellness: Legal, Business and Policy Considerations for Health Data Interoperability and Usage
    Consolidation and merger activity in healthcare is driving closer integration between providers, payers, retailers, and others. Central to these efforts is the emergence of patient-centric approaches to population and management and wellness integrated across all touchpoints of the care cycle. Legal considerations arising from HIPAA, FDA, state privacy, and data protection regulations and competing business needs increasingly impact how data is collected, used, disclosed, and secured. Explore emerging industry trends, key legal considerations, and practical guidance for negotiating and supporting clients working in these environments.

    Ben Landry, athenahealth, Inc. - Watertown, MA
    Gerard M. Stegmaier, Reed Smith LLP - Washington, DC

  • 2:20 pm
    0.50 hr
    Special Considerations for the Business Data Breach
    Effective response to cybersecurity incidents is critical to managing and minimizing regulatory and litigation risks, while protecting your customers and your brand. Explore developments in incident response and hear practical guidance for managing and insuring against risk while satisfying legal obligations when the inevitable breach occurs.

    Leslie C. Thorne, Haynes and Boone, LLP - Austin, TX

  • 2:50 pm
    0.75 hr
    Cybersecurity: In-House Counsel Challenges and Perspectives
    A conversation with in-house counsel discussing salient and trending topics in cybersecurity, including balancing employee privacy and effective cyber defense, finding the “right” level of supplier cybersecurity diligence, and recommended practices for implementing data security governance.

    Moderator:
    Devika Kornbacher, Vinson & Elkins LLP - Houston, TX
    Panelists:
    John D. Holmes, Forcepoint LLC - Austin, TX
    Doug Weiner, Hewlett Packard Enterprise - Austin, TX

  • 3:35 pm
    Break

  • 3:45 pm
    0.75 hr
    Distributed Ledger Technology
    An easy to understand overview of cryptocurrencies, tokens, blockchain and other applications of distributed ledger technology. Learn about exciting recent developments in the use of this technology and innovations in how funds are raised, including recent trends in ICOs, SAFTs and token pre-sales. Also hear about the securities, tax and consumer protection issues raised by these innovations.

    Samuel C. Dibble, Baker Botts L.L.P. - San Francisco, CA
    Jeremy Drzal, BLOCK512 - Austin, TX

  • 4:30 pm
    1.00 hr
    0.50 hr ethics
    A View into Trade Secret Misappropriation
    Discuss trade secret case law and related intellectual property legal issues from the perspective of three federal judges.

    Moderator:
    Jonathan Lass, Jackson Walker LLP - Austin, TX
    Panelists:
    Hon. David L. Horan, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas - Dallas, TX
    Hon. Robert L. Pitman, U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas - Austin, TX
    Hon. Xavier Rodriguez, U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas - San Antonio, TX

  • 5:30 pm
    Austin Only
    Adjourn to Reception


  • Austin Only
    Thank You to Our Reception Sponsor
    Vinson & Elkins LLP

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Friday Morning
    Presiding Officer:
    Courtney S. York, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP - Dallas, TX
  • 7:30 am
    Austin Only
    Conference Room Opens
    Includes continental breakfast.

  • 8:30 am
    1.00 hr
    GDPR is Effective Today!
    Today, May 25, 2018 is the effective date for the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, the world’s most comprehensive privacy law. On this day for which so many have prepared, we will share in-house and outside counsel perspectives on what the GDPR means for international companies that do business in the EU, which aspects of compliance efforts have been most challenging, and what lies ahead in maintaining GDPR “accountability” and in connection with the forthcoming, related ePrivacy Regulation.

    Moderator:
    Bart W. Huffman, Reed Smith LLP - Houston, TX
    Panelists:
    Whitney McCollum, AECOM - San Francisco, CA
    Sooji Seo, Dell - Round Rock, TX

  • 9:30 am
    0.50 hr
    There’s Been an Incident Involving Your Self-Driving Car 
    Having a well-thought-out incident response plan that is thorough but flexible will not only allow for prompt action but also demonstrate that the risks have been properly considered. Hear a description of some of the questions and considerations to keep in mind when preparing for that dreaded call and some of the unique issues these vehicles raise.

    Paul Keller, Norton Rose Fulbright - New York, NY

  • 10:00 am
    0.75 hr
    Legal and Policy Challenges in the Age of Drone Fever
    Technology has moved quickly forward and what used to be considered toys are now tools of industry and public agencies. Drones provide significant safety and efficiency benefits to industry, but also present novel safety, security, and privacy issues to policymakers. Learn about the latest in commercial drone law and policy as we move toward an era of "highways in the sky."

    Lisa Ellman, Hogan Lovells US LLP and Commercial Drone Alliance - Washington, DC

  • 10:45 am
    Break

  • 10:55 am
    0.50 hr ethics
    Social Media: Employee Ideology v. Company Values
    As mobile technology and social media continue to evolve, individuals are increasingly able to express their personal beliefs to wider and wider audiences. Explore the practical and legal challenges presented when agents are recorded, depicted, or seen expressing views on social media in a way that conflicts with a company’s cultural values. Hear real world situations, including the events of Charlottesville, Virginia, the viral manifesto on women in technology written by an individual engineer, and the photographs, recordings, and recountings of intolerable behavior by powerful figures in entertainment, politics, and business. 

    Jason Boulette, Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P. - Austin, TX

  • 11:25 am
    1.00 hr
    Startups - Deal Killers and Near-Death Experiences
    Discuss suggestions to help startups efficiently organize and establish legal compliance and processes in a global market. Explore various topics including issues related to entity formation, IP ownership, service providers, cap tables, regulatory compliance and other due diligence issues that can be financing or M&A "deal killers" for emerging growth companies.

    Moderator:
    Paul R. Tobias, Vinson & Elkins LLP - Austin, TX
    Panelists:
    Betsy Greytok, IBM - Austin, TX
    Daniel Jauchen, Mark Cuban Companies - Dallas, TX
    Josh Pollick, Orrick - Santa Monica, CA

  • 12:25 pm
    Austin Only
    Pick Up Lunch

  • Friday Afternoon
    Presiding Officer:
    Robert L. King, Silicon Labs - Austin, TX
  • LUNCHEON PRESENTATION

  • Austin Only
    Thank You to Our Luncheon Sponsor
    Baker Botts L.L.P.

  • 12:45 pm
    0.50 hr ethics
    Increasing Access to Legal Services Through Technology
    Access to legal services is not just a problem for the poor, it affects the middle class and small business owner too. If we want to see a meaningful increase in access, our profession must embrace technology and new models for legal service delivery. 

    Chas Rampenthal, LegalZoom.com, Inc. - Los Angeles, CA

  • 1:15 pm
    Break

  • 1:30 pm
    1.00 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Key Considerations in the Acquisition of Private Technology Companies
    Discuss important actions private sellers should take to prepare for an M&A event, including buyer and seller perspectives on key deal terms and some of the ethical issues that can arise in M&A transactions.

    Jordan J. Herman, Baker Botts L.L.P. - Austin, TX
    J. Matthew Lyons, Shearman & Sterling, LLP - Austin, TX
    J. Robert Suffoletta, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C. - Austin, TX

  • 2:30 pm
    1.00 hr
    The Coming Collision Between The Internet of Everywhere and the Law
    Data about individuals is available for enterprises to use on a larger scale than ever. Increasingly, that data is tied to voice interactions, mobile location data, and biometrics generated when consumers interact with smart devices. Combine that with smart cities, satellite-based ISPs, and an always on culture, the Internet of Everywhere is here. Discuss the legal, compliance (and some commercial) implications of a ubiquitously connected environment.

    Paul Bond, Reed Smith LLP - Princeton, NJ
    Simon Philp, Dell - Round Rock, TX

  • 3:30 pm
    0.75 hr ethics
    Law Firm Data Security and the Ethical Duty of Technology Competence
    As clients demand attorneys deliver legal services more efficiently by using technology it increases pressure to have technical knowledge and proficiency. Further, the American Bar Association and 28 states have created a model rule for the ethical duty of technology competence. Hear an overview of the significant material risks and impact on a law firm following a breach and the potential consequences from an ethics and disciplinary perspective. 

    Elizabeth C. Rogers, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP - Austin, TX

  • 4:15 pm
    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

Paul Bond

Reed Smith LLP
Princeton, NJ

Jason Boulette

Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P.
Austin, TX

Edward A. Cavazos

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Austin, TX

Robert M. Chesney

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Samuel C. Dibble

Baker Botts L.L.P.
San Francisco, CA

Bret DiMarco

Coherent, Inc.
Santa Clara, CA

Jeremy Drzal

BLOCK512
Austin, TX

Lisa Ellman

Hogan Lovells US LLP and Commercial Drone Alliance
Washington, DC

Betsy Greytok

IBM
Austin, TX

Jordan J. Herman

Baker Botts L.L.P.
Austin, TX

David M. Hoffman

Fish & Richardson P.C.
Austin, TX

John D. Holmes

Forcepoint LLC
Austin, TX

Hon. David L. Horan

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
Dallas, TX

Bart W. Huffman

Reed Smith LLP
Houston, TX

Daniel Jauchen

Mark Cuban Companies
Dallas, TX

Paul Keller

Norton Rose Fulbright
New York, NY

Devika Kornbacher

Vinson & Elkins LLP
Houston, TX

Ben Landry

athenahealth, Inc.
Watertown, MA

Jonathan Lass

Jackson Walker LLP
Austin, TX

J. Matthew Lyons

Shearman & Sterling, LLP
Austin, TX

Whitney McCollum

AECOM
San Francisco, CA

Heather J. Meeker

O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Menlo Park, CA

Dan Minutillo

Minutillo Law Corporation
San Jose, CA

Michael Okada

Dolby Laboratories
San Francisco, CA

Simon Philp

Dell
Round Rock, TX

Hon. Robert L. Pitman

U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
Austin, TX

Josh Pollick

Orrick
Santa Monica, CA

Chas Rampenthal

LegalZoom.com, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA

Robert Arthur Rodriguez

Advanced Micro Devices
Austin, TX

Hon. Xavier Rodriguez

U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
San Antonio, TX

Elizabeth C. Rogers

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
Austin, TX

Sooji Seo

Dell
Round Rock, TX

Gerard M. Stegmaier

Reed Smith LLP
Washington, DC

Mike Stimson

Norton Rose Fulbright
San Antonio, TX

J. Robert Suffoletta

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C.
Austin, TX

Leslie C. Thorne

Haynes and Boone, LLP
Austin, TX

Paul R. Tobias

Vinson & Elkins LLP
Austin, TX

Kim M. Vo

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
Austin, TX

Doug Weiner

Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Austin, TX

Keith E. Witek

Tesla Motors
Austin, TX

Planning Committee

Bart W. Huffman—Co-Chair

Reed Smith LLP
Houston, TX

Robert L. King—Co-Chair

Silicon Labs
Austin, TX

Jeffrey B. Andrews

Bracewell
Houston, TX

Walter Earl Bissex

Bissex & Watson, P.C.
Houston, TX

Steve Borgman

Vinson & Elkins LLP
Houston, TX

Jason Boulette

Boulette Golden & Marin L.L.P.
Austin, TX

Allison L. Bowers

Hutcheson | Bowers LLLP
Austin, TX

Christopher T. Brown

Attorney at Law, PLLC
Austin, TX

Edward A. Cavazos

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Austin, TX

Bert A. Greene

Duane Morris LLP
Austin, TX

Danielle Joy "DJ" Healey

Fish & Richardson P.C.
Houston, TX

Jordan J. Herman

Baker Botts L.L.P.
Austin, TX

David M. Hoffman

Fish & Richardson P.C.
Austin, TX

John D. Holmes

Forcepoint LLC
Austin, TX

Paul A. Huggins

Huggins Reddien LLP
Austin, TX

Joanna Jefferson

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Lance A. Jones

Jones & Spross PLLC
Austin, TX

Peter D. Kennedy

Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody
Austin, TX

Alice L. King

Alice L. King, P.C.
San Antonio, TX

William L. LaFuze

McKool Smith
Houston, TX

Jonathan Lass

Jackson Walker LLP
Austin, TX

Simon Lopez

Rackspace Hosting, Inc.
San Antonio, TX

J. Matthew Lyons

Shearman & Sterling, LLP
Austin, TX

Karon Macdaniel

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
Austin, TX

Heather J. Meeker

O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Menlo Park, CA

Eric L. Natinsky

Quick Technologies Inc.
Austin, TX

Elizabeth C. Rogers

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
Austin, TX

Brandon N. Satterwhite

AT&T, Inc.
Dallas, TX

J. Robert Suffoletta

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C.
Austin, TX

Michele B. Thompson

Law Office of Michele B. Thompson
Austin, TX

James M. Vickery

DLA Piper LLP US
Austin, TX

Doug Weiner

Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Austin, TX

David P. Whittlesey

Shearman & Sterling, LLP
Austin, TX

Keith E. Witek

Tesla Motors
Austin, TX

W. Reid Wittliff

Wittliff | Cutter | Austin, PLLC
Austin, TX

Lisa E. Zolidis

Dell
Round Rock, TX

Credit Info

MCLE Credit
A Texas MCLE Reporting Form will be included in your course materials. Please complete and return to the registration desk and UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the State Bar of Texas, or you can self-report your credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided at the conference to keep for your records.  
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. Self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of California at calbar.ca.gov. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the conference.
Note on Self-Reporting Your Credits in Another State
If you wish to satisfy MCLE or other professional education requirements in another state for a program offered by the University of Texas School of Law, please check with the state bar or other licensing authority in that state before taking the program to ensure it will qualify for self-reporting your credits.
Other Credit
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #250) live conferences are presumptively approved by The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for Texas Accounting CPE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. Approved for general CPE credit only.

At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Accounting CPE Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You will receive a Texas Accounting Certificate of Completion at the conference for your records. Self-report your CPE credit directly to TSBPA. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  

Contact Laura Tolin, ltolin@law.utexas.edu, if you have additional questions.
MCLE Credit
UT Law CLE will report credit to the State Bar of Texas on your behalf. If you are claiming credit in the last week of your birth month, self-report your credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com. A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you upon claiming credit.
Self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of California at calbar.ca.gov. Print and keep the Certificate of Completion for your records. A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you upon claiming credit.
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #169) live webcast presentations meet the requirements and are presumptively approved by the Oklahoma Bar Association for MCLE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. This accreditation requires attendance verification. In compliance with the rules, UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion.

To claim Oklahoma MCLE credit, Oklahoma credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the webcast.
Note on Self-Reporting Your Credits in Another State
If you wish to satisfy MCLE or other professional education requirements in another state for a program offered by the University of Texas School of Law, please check with the state bar or other licensing authority in that state to ensure it will qualify for self-reporting your credits.

To claim Other States MCLE credit, Other States credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you.

This accreditation requires attendance verification. UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion .

MCLE credit is presented based on a 60-minute credit hour.
Other Credit
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #250) live webcast presentations meet the requirements and are presumptively approved by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for Texas Accounting CPE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. Approved for general CPE credit only.

This accreditation requires attendance verification. In compliance with the rules, UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion.

To claim Texas Accounting CPE credit, the Texas Accounting CPE credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you. Self-report your CPE credit directly to the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.

Contact Laura Tolin, ltolin@law.utexas.edu, if you have additional questions.

Key Dates

Austin – May 24-25, 2018 – Four Seasons Hotel
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Live Webcast – May 24-25, 2018
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Last day for Individual early registration: May 16, 2018

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Last day for cancellation (full refund): May 18, 2018

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Last day for cancellation: May 21, 2018
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Last day for Individual early registration: May 18, 2018

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Last day for Group (10 registrants minimum) early registration: May 18, 2018

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Last day for cancellation (full refund): May 18, 2018

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Last day for cancellation: May 21, 2018

Venue

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98 San Jacinto Boulevard
Austin, TX 78701-4082
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Accommodations

$278 room rate good through April 23, 2018 (subject to availability). Please refer to the "UT School of Law Continuing Legal Education" and "UT Law Technology Law Conference" when you call the reservations department. 

Parking Information

$12 Event Daily; $16 Valet Daily; $45 Overnight Self-Parking or Valet. 

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