Internet law in America can seem like the Wild West. A vast metaphorical landscape where laws are either flimsy or rarely enforced. In the United States at least, the enforcement of copyright law has always been flimsy. Individuals are rarely taken to court or fined over their decision to illegally stream movies, download music, or utilize other people’s material on their … [Read more...] about Business Websites and Copyright
It's really basic: ownership of the copyright in work a business pays for can often be critical for successful commercialization of that work. Unfortunately, the U.S. Copyright contains arcane provisions that will often produce a counterintuitive result - leaving full copyright ownership with the contractor. How could this possibly be?? Internet attorneys, advisers and … [Read more...] about Who Owns the Copyright of Work Created by a Contractor?
Your web site has been up for a few months and you are making money hand over foot. While surfing sites one evening, you are shocked to find a competitor using your design. You find out your designer sold them the same design. They must be breaking the law, right? It all depends on whether you own the copyright to your web site design. Many site owners are shocked to find out … [Read more...] about Do You Own the Copyrights of Your Website Design?
So you've put all this work into your business: you've got a name, you've made some marketing materials, even written some things for your customers. If you don't want your competitors to be able to take what you've done and exploit it, though, you're going to need to take some steps to protect yourself. What's in a Name? Your name is one of the most important assets your … [Read more...] about Protect Your Business with Trademarks and Copyrights