The hot new social site is Pinterest, alternately referred to as a threat to Facebook and Twitter and the biggest threat to copyright since Napster. If Pinterest would be an asset to your business, how can you ensure your customers can feel comfortable pinning your products or services?
The Creative Commons is a project initiated in part by professors at my alma mater, Duke Law, through their work at the Center for the Public Domain. The Creative Commons says that it “develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation.” What exactly does that mean?
Today’s Legal Word of the Day is “distinctiveness,” from trademark law. Black’s Law Dictionary (8th Ed.) defines “distinctiveness” as: “The quality of a trademarked word, symbol, or device that identifies the goods of a particular merchant and distinguishes them from the goods of others.” I define it for the real world.
You want to send a newsletter to your customers, or you are interested in doing some direct mailing, or you want to start your own email marketing list for your current and prospective customers. You have vague ideas that some things are allowed and others will get you into trouble, but you aren’t sure with whom or why. What to do?
This four-part series is a brief introduction to the various types of intellectual property. Today’s topic: trade secrets.
This four-part series is a brief introduction to the various types of intellectual property. Today’s topic: copyright.
This four-part series is a brief introduction to the various types of intellectual property. Today’s topic: trademarks and service marks.