Sunday, December 18, 2022

Wet Words

When I play word associations, I go from "wet" to "work".  No doubt Clint Eastwood is to blame; I must have watched The Eiger Sanction at too verbally impressionable an age. 

I had not heard the expression "a wet signature" before this week, when legal blogger Sarah Phillips of the mostly UK and European law firm Abel Imray caught my attention with her globally-applicable Practical Guilde To E-Signatures.

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The blog explains what an e-signature is, the forms it can take, the advanced versions used by DocuSign or AdobeSign, and QSDCs, and best practices around the world.
Personally, I am wary of the security of a system where the signer has the choice of maybe 5 signature-like fonts. How does one remember what one chose (apart from studying the copy of the contract)? And wouldn't that give an identity thief a one-in-five chance of guessing correctly?
As for the scribble that one is asked by the HVAC service guy to fumble on his ipad with one's finger, it seems to me that an X would be just as good. 

Legal bloggers John Yiokaris and Fabrice Pilla of Sotos LLP offer a Canadian perspective on what is, and what may not be, legally binding in Canada with respect to e-signatures.
Fantasy author Bethany Atazadeh  has a video on three or four ways of doing a virtual book signing, but she appears to use actual wet words. You can do online searches for other tips about virtual signings.

When I was first traditionally published, we were warned to have a special "author" signature which is different from one's banking/voter-registration/contract signing John Hancock. It's probably yet another reason to write under a pseudonym.

All the best,

Rowena Cherry 
EPIC Award winner, Friend of ePublishing for Crazy Tuesday   


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