How Lawyers Can Use Social Media More Effectively

There isn’t a single industry that has been unaffected by social media and its incredible power to inspire, change, and connect. However, not all industries have embraced it in equal measures. In fact, an industry that has been one of the slowest to understand the magnitude of social media and its great potential is the…

What is a Sample DMCA Takedown Notice?

Once you have discovered that your content has been copied by another website and you have contacted them or their DMCA Agent but to no avail, the next step is to file a DMCA Takedown Notice with the infringing website’s hosting company. To find the website’s hosting company and contact information, use one of the…

How Long Do Copyrights Last?

Copyrights do not last forever. If created on or after January 1, 1978, U.S. copyright law automatically protects an original work (including digital content on websites) that has been fixed in a tangible medium of expression. This includes but is not limited to text, videos, and photographs. The copyright term starts at the moment of creation and lasts for the…

What Should You Do if Your Website Content is Stolen?

There has been a rapid increase in websites being copied, from the overall design and branding assets to the text and photographs, through manual copying and pasting, source code theft, and/or automated bots (also called scraping). Though advantageous for many reasons, self-publishing is not without its perils, one of which is the misappropriation of content. Increasingly, many…

Free Resources for Entrepreneurs to Start a Business

Starting your dream business has never been easier or more affordable. The beauty of the digital age is that you don’t need thousands of dollars to start or even a fancy office. You just need to know what you’re looking for and where to look. You have to be mechanical about the early steps and then…

What is the Difference Between ™, ℠, and ®?

There are THREE commonly used trademark symbols in the United States: the letters “TM” in superscript — ™ the letters “SM” in superscript — ℠ the letter “R” in a circle — ® What is the difference between the trademarks symbols? The ™ and ℠ symbols signify unregistered marks: ™ for trademarks, or marks that represent goods, and…

How to Properly Format a Copyright Notice

Do you need a copyright notice on your website for your work to be copyrighted and protected? The simple answer is no, but it’s to your advantage to include it. Do you need a federal copyright registration to use the copyright symbol? No. As of March 1, 1989, U.S. law no longer requires the use of a…

How to Avoid Legal Issues with Your Blog

The blogging landscape has changed drastically in the past decade, moving away from amateur hobbyist bloggers and inching towards professional content creators who have established blogging as a viable business model. For some, blogging is a means to an end, but for others, it is the end. Either way, no matter where you are situated on that…