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3 Easy Steps To Filing Your Own Copyright Registration

A copyright can protect “original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression”. Examples of the type of works you can protect by copyright include books you write, art work you produce, source code that you write, etc.

You can actually earn a copyright in the U.S. by just creating the work, but you can get stronger copyright interests by…

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How To Quickly Evaluate A Contract You’re Being Asked To Sign

Over the past decade or so, I’ve evaluated about every type of agreement you can think of, especially intellectual property licensing agreements, contractor agreements, employment agreements, lease agreements, and phantom stock agreements, to name a few. It amazes me to find that most of the agreements prepared by other attorneys or parties that I am asked to review are lacking…

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Will Patent Trolls Kill Podcasting, Or Make It Cost-Prohibitive?

You may have heard about the patent infringement lawsuit filed against Adam Carolla for his regularly published podcast, and his crowdfunding campaign to help raise legal fees for the defense. The patent in question is U.S. Patent Number 8,112,504 entitled “System For Disseminating Media Content Representing Episodes In A Serialized Sequence”.

On July 29, 2014, patent owner Personal Audio offered to dismiss their lawsuit against Carolla because they discovered that…

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Insurance Pitfalls That Could Be Putting You At Risk

As I’ve mentioned in previous articles, I had to deal with a house fire back in June 2011 that destroyed my entire home. I learned some valuable lessons from that experience that cannot easily be covered in just one article. So today, I’d like to expand upon what I’ve shared previously to reveal some…

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Getty Images Makes Announcement Regarding Images

One of the biggest problems that I see today is with innocent copyright infringement. Here’s what I mean. It is so easy to find any type of image online and include that image in your own products, social media posts, etc. As I’ve talked about in previous articles, just because an image is found online doesn’t automatically make it free to use without restriction. You would either need to purchase a license to use the image, get permission from the owner, or…

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Improving Staff Efficiency By 40% With Document Automation

If you know anything about me, you know that I love to tinker with technology. I’ve been programming computers since I was 7 years old, and I just turned 40 in March. I never get tired of learning new computer tricks to make my job easier, and to improve the efficiency of my team members. In this article, I’m REALLY excited to share with you my latest results with document automation.

I’ve personally used some new document automation tools to improve the efficiency of both me and my staff by…

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The Business Line Of Credit Trap: Borrower Beware

Over the past decade, there have been significant trends in the banking industry that you should be aware of. It used to be easy to get a loan for a new home or a new business as long as you had good credit and were willing to personally guarantee the loan. After all the problems began to surface in the banking industry and as the economy has continued to struggle, it has become more and more difficult to…

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Recent Changes In Text And Voice Broadcasting Laws

In the United States, there are two federal government agencies that regulate the laws and policies for certain types of communications and advertising involving telephones. Those agencies are the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

In 2009, the FTC issued new regulations that required businesses to obtain written consent before sending pre-recorded voice broadcast messages to consumers. These types of messages are often referred to as…

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Surprising Qualities Most Billionaire Giants Have In Common

I’ve been privileged to work with multiple billionaire clients over the years as both an attorney and a software engineer. When I decided to start serving businesses under $50 Million instead of the global tech giants, it really caused me to dig deeply into what allowed those giants to obtain their market domination status. Here are some of the surprising qualities I’ve discovered that…

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How To Avoid Merchant Account Freezes And Deal With Them

As you are probably already aware, in order to accept credit cards for your business, you have to open a merchant account with a bank or other merchant processor. It’s generally easy to open a merchant account, but that doesn’t mean everything will go smoothly over the long haul. Many businesses end up in a situation where a significant amount of their…

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