IP & Social Media

Tired of the time-for-dollars model in your service business? Fed up with feast-or-famine in your cash flow? Eager to discover alternative ways to have greater impact and income? Listen in as we interview Sarah Farzam, the Founder and Director of Bilingual Birdies, a foreign language and live music program for young children in New York […]

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A recent survey by online payroll service SurePayroll reveals that more than 80 percent of small business owners believe e-mail is a key element in the success of their business. But email can also cause legal problems for entrepreneurs . . . something not highlighted in the survey. Email is not reliable. In a very […]

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I recently gave a teleclass on intellectual property issues for small business owners. One of the questions that came up is whether it’s okay to use someone else’€™s content (in this case, transcribing a podcast and posting it in its entirety) on your own blog as long as you give the proper attribution. The short answer […]

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I received a query from “Cee” about using confidentiality agreements: Q.: I have every person i deal with sign confidentiality. but i have found that it does not really protect you because unless you are willing to pour tons of money into a lawsuit, and most small people dont have tons of money, then what […]

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Copying contracts from the Internet is a bit like wearing your old cousin’s hand-me-down dresses . . . in order to walk into a bee’s nest (an incongruous image, I know): yes, you’re “covered,” but the style is outdated and they usually don’t fit you well. Plus, they won’t provide you with the protection you […]

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In response to my teleclass announcement, I had an inquiry from a reader in Illinois who was wondering how she could protect her idea for a product aimed at children and young adults. The first thing to recognize is that intangible ideas cannot, in general, be protected — not by using traditional copyright or trademark […]

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Technology is a wonderful thing – sometimes. But, as one of our clients (“Samantha”) discovered, technology can create its own pitfalls. It’s a nasty surprise when the document you thought you negotiated doesn’t say what you had intended. Last year, Samantha independently negotiated the sale of her business to a multinational, publicly traded corporation. Within […]

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One of the great things about the Digital Age is the ease of doing business online for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Raking in great profits no longer requires investing in major real estate leases, huge inventory (and where would you PUT it?), or hiring extensive sales teams. But operational simplicity does not necessarily equal legal […]

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There are few things more frustrating than putting your hard-earned intellectual capital into your small business, only to find you’ve been a victim of copyright infringement or trademark infringement. For businesses with lots of online content, copyright infringement can pose vexing questions: How often do you file with the U.S. Copyright Office? What are the procedures for […]

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You’ve written a book, posted a podcast on your website, made a video that you uploaded to YouTube . . . how do you protect your creations from having people rip them off and pass them off as your own?That’s where a little knowledge of copyright can help. Check out Anthony Cerminaro’s BizBangBuzz blog (for […]

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