Do you know what a trademark is? Some legal terms can be confusing, and the differences between trademarks, patents, and copyrights can be unclear. Trademarks, patents, and copyrights are all distinct concepts within intellectual property, and they all serve different purposes. Let’s talk more about trademarks….

Using social media is a norm for businesses in today’s world. Those who fully embrace social media find the necessity to embrace Google+ as well. The search engine giant holds a lot of power over us, so Google+ would appear as a necessity regardless of if we like the platform or not. When working in…

A copyright is the right to determine how your copyrighted creative materials can be used, distributed, sold, or otherwise interacted with. A copyright is a very broad right to control your copyrighted materials. How a Copyright is Created A copyright is automatically and immediately formed when you create something creative. Let’s break this down. Automatically: This means…

Social media is a prevalent part of our society. It is incorporated into both our personal and business lives, but do you know what happens with your intellectual property once you’ve posted something.  We’ve already provided a blog on the January 1, 2015 changes to the Facebook terms and conditions, so let’s explore how Twitter…

On January 1, 2015, Facebook updated its terms and conditions. Specifically, there were some changes regarding your intellectual property rights. The key portion reads as follows: For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (IP content), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings:…

Generally, people grasp the concept that their physical or “tangible” real and personal property contributes to what becomes their estate when they become incapacitated or pass away. However, a new concept that may be a bit more challenging to understand is that one’s estate can include “digital” property. Digital property is electronic personal data or…

Frequently, independent contractors are hired to create content for companies, but who owns this intellectual property that is created by the independent contractor? This content can be photos, written content, computer code, videos and anything creative. Typically, you would look to the contract to specify who has the ownership of the copyright. The contract would…

By default, a copyright ownership belongs to the author or authors of the content; however, there are a multitude of exceptions to this general rule. One of these exceptions is the “work made for hire” exception, which would allow the person or company that hired the independent contractor to automatically own the copyrighted material. This…

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