IP & Social Media

Post image for ‘Don’t Try This At Home’–Interview with IP Attorney Amy Goldsmith

“Why can’t I handle my own patent/trademark/copyright filings?” you ask.  “I’m getting started on a shoestring–do I really need to spend the legal fees?” Go right ahead and DIY . . . but if you’re not on target about what you’ve done or how thoroughly you’ve handled your background research, you could find that you’ve […]

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Post image for When Piracy is Legal

Rolling around through the halls of Congress may be the latest bill to attempt to stop pirating, or knockoff, designs. It’s hard to say who’s helped (or hurt) more by this legislation. But, as Fortune Small Business reports, the Design Piracy Prohibition Act is sure to keep lawyers busy. For the time being, unless artists […]

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Post image for Legal Pitfalls of Social Networking

From the BlawgIt blog of Iowa patent attorney Brent Trout comes this helpful post on the legal pitfalls of social networking. Many entrepreneurial bloggers use their blogs as an opportunity for product reviews. What’s not always known is that bloggers occasionally get paid for those product reviews. It make a difference, doesn’t it–knowing whether a […]

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Post image for Balancing Privacy and Free Speech in ‘Behavioral Targeting’

You may not know it by name, but you’ve probably experienced it before. You order a book from a website such as Amazon.com and then get a little popup ad. Or you’re redirected to a page that says, “Nina, if you liked Where the Wild Things Are, you might also like these others books/CDs, etc. . […]

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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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