IP & Social Media

Post image for When Copyright Infringement Isn’t Entirely A Bad Thing

… That is, if you’re the one being infringed. Disclaimer: I am neither advocating that you rip off anyone else’s content nor recommending that you sit idly by should it happen to you. But sometimes, it can work to your advantage… especially if the people using it are “fans,” where at least some form of […]

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Post image for Trademark Traps for the Unwary

“I have the domain name. Doesn’t that count toward a trademark?” “I did a search online and no one has the name. Why can’t I get a trademark?” As Nina Yablok’s article, “Trademarks and Google,” touches on, Google isn’t the be-all and end-all when it comes to filing trademarks. That’s why, even in this high-tech, […]

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You may have had these nasty tidbits enter your inbox: e-mails that seem to come from reputable companies (I got a host of them from “Citibank”) that tout the anti-hacking and identity-theft measures they’re taking. “In order to ensure your security, we need you to verify your contact information by clicking on the link below… […]

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Collaborating with another company on a project can give your business a powerful boost in visibility, creativity (sometimes, two heads really are better than one), and potential clients. But in their excitement, many small business owners overlook the fact that, in the process, they are creating something new. And just as human children need our […]

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Picture this: you’re renovating your house (or apartment, for us city dwellers)…and it looks like a bomb just hit it: sawdust and sheetrock shrapnel is everywhere; there are open paint cans and trays and brushes dotted about the drop cloths on the floor; wires and cables snake from the ceiling and along the open baseboards; […]

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Post image for How a MySpace ‘Friend’ Request Led to a Criminal Conviction

From the department of “what part of ‘don’t contact me’ do you not understand?” comes a recent New York case, People v. Fernino [2008 WL 382348 (N.Y.City Crim.Ct. February 13, 2008), for those of you who want the citation]. Thanks to Evan Brown and his Internet Cases blog for pointing it out. Here’s the history: […]

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Post image for The End of Privacy as We Know It?

Is the rise of Web 2.0 the beginning of the end for personal privacy? While only time will tell, there are plenty of pundits crying “the sky is falling!” …and perhaps with good reason. Never before has it been so easy to circulate private information. Never before have the intimate details of so many people’s […]

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Post image for The Benefit of Confidentiality Agreements

For anyone who ever doubted the benefit of confidentiality agreements, the case of Chris Botticella, former Thomas’ English Muffin executive should put the doubts to rest. As recently reported in the New York Times, Botticella was one of a small handful of people who knew the entire “nook and cranny” secret.  He signed a confidentiality […]

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Post image for More on NDAs–From an Angel Investor

I first met David Greer, angel investor and entrepreneur, when he weighed in on my Business Partnership Central blog on the importance of having a written shareholders’ agreement–and how that freed him up (when he sold out his interest) to sail the Mediterranean for two years (drool). Now he offers some handy insights to follow up […]

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Post image for Beware of These Top 20 Internet Hoaxes!

I don’t remember who said, “never believe anything you see in print,” but the same can easily apply to e-mail. Perhaps even more so. So often we get bombarded by e-mail messages, offers for products and cries for help that we may accept as true without doing even a molecule of due diligence and checking […]

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