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Copyright Ownership in the Workplace: Work Made for Hire

As a small business owner, you have probably hired a contractor or employee to design your website, write articles, copy, and incorporate pictures. You may also have had additional help in promoting and branding your company. If you received assistance in these tasks, you might not be the owner of the copyrightable work product created…

Beyond your Legal Rights: Trademark Bullying

Trademark bullying is when a trademark owner zealously enforces their trademark rights outside the scope of the trademark law. Trademark bullying does not necessarily result in negative legal reactions, but the public backlash from trademark bullying can be costly. Consult your trademark counsel when determining the right course of action to infringement. Sometimes your marketing…

Ten Issues to Consider in Your Company’s Social Media Presence

Trademark, Cybersquatting or Impersonation- Social Media sites do very little to prevent anyone from adopting usernames and using trademarks that belong to someone else. They can misdirect traffic from your customers and create confusion. Trademark owner bears the responsibility of monitoring these sites. Trademark Infringement is Rampant in Social Media-   Bloggers, video posters and…

Risky Business: The Perils of Independent Contractor Misclassification

Hiring independent contractors instead of employees often has a financial benefit for businesses due to savings in payroll taxes and employment benefits, and avoidance of wage and hour regulations. However, if a state or federal agency discovers that an independent contractor is misclassified, the business faces back pay, fines, interest, civil and criminal litigation costs,…

Copyright Ownership in the Workplace: Work Made for Hire

Copyright 2 As a small business owner, you have probably hired a contractor or employee to design your website, write articles, copy, and incorporate pictures. You may also have had additional help in promoting and branding your company. If you received assistance in these tasks, you might not be the owner of the copyrightable work…