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Don’t Misuse Your Startup’s Trademark

As a startup owner, you should know that a trademark is a word, name, symbol, or other device that’s used to identify your company’s goods and services, and distinguishes them from those offered by your competitors. Once you successfully register your mark, you run the risk of losing your right to enforce the registration if you misuse your mark. “Misuse” …

Copyright Protection of Websites Changes with New DMCA Online Registration System

Photo Credits: medithIT Startups should be aware that a new online registration system for the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) debuted last December from the U.S. Copyright Office. Companies will note several changes and a date for the expiration of the original paper system. The DMCA allows website publishers the opportunity to protect themselves against claims of copyright infringement from user …

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Copyright Advice for Startups: Understand the Limitations of Fair Use

Copyright is protection provided by federal law for “original works of authorship.” This includes literary, dramatic, musical, architectural, cartographic, choreographic, pantomimic, pictorial, graphic, sculptural, and audiovisual creations. The U.S. Copyright Office says that “copyright” means the right to copy, but its definition has come to include a body of exclusive rights granted by law to copyright owners for protection of …

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Did my startup just unintentionally infringe upon a copyright?

You may have done just that. And legally speaking, there’s no such a thing as unintentional or accidental copyright infringement. Even the simple use of a picture that a member of your staff downloaded from the Internet—perhaps even from a “free site”—can create a liability issue for a startup using the copyrighted work without permission. In addition, if you hire …

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U.K. Warns Facebook, Google, Twitter to Better Fight Hate Speech

Source: Bloomberg U.K. Home Secretary Amber Rudd warned Facebook Inc,. Alphabet Inc.’s Google, and Twitter Inc. to improve monitoring of extremist and hate content after a panel of lawmakers urged her to consider making the hosting of such material a crime. A report from Parliament’s cross-party Home Affairs Committee, to be published Monday, said the companies are “shamefully far” from …