Embedding YouTube – Will Copyrights Get Me?
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Embedding YouTube – Will Copyrights Get Me?

YouTube is an extremely popular media.  According to their own statements, they receive over 1 billion views per month.  To keep their customer-base informed and engaged, businesses may choose to add YouTube videos in blog, Twitter or Facebook posts.  Is this okay?  Should you worry about copyrights?  How exactly does this work? This article explores … Continue reading

Proposed Law to Punish Trade-Secret Theft by Cyber-Criminals
Trade Secrets

Proposed Law to Punish Trade-Secret Theft by Cyber-Criminals

Cybercrime is estimated to cost the U.S. economy as much as $140 billion per year.  Much of that results from businesses losing competitive advantage due to theft of their trade secrets.  To combat this loss, on Monday Senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Lindsey Graham proposed legislation that would give U.S. law enforcement new means of charging … Continue reading

Advertising & Marketing / Compliance / Contracts

Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act – What Business Owners Must Know

The Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA) is a consumer protection statute that lists twenty-seven (27) specific prohibited actions, in addition to warranty violations, more general prohibitions and provides an increased penalty structure for other tie-in statutes.  Business owners should be aware of this statute and its prohibitions as many deal with advertising and pricing practices. … Continue reading

New Trade Secret Protection in Texas, Effective September 2013
Trade Secrets

New Trade Secret Protection in Texas, Effective September 2013

Until recently, Texas has been one of four states that had not adopted the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (UTSA).  Now, because of recently signed legislation, that’s all about to change.  As of September 1, 2013, Trade Secret owners will have a new mechanism to protect their intellectual property thanks to Bill 953. According to the Bill Analysis … Continue reading

Electronic Signatures
Contracts

Electronic Signatures

Perhaps an electronic signature, such as “/John Hancock/” doesn’t elicit the same sense of importance as a parchment signed in ink, but still electronic signatures are becoming more common.  This article reviews the rules governing enforceability and provides some tips for you if you’d like to use electronic signatures. Enforceability Under Texas law, electronic signatures … Continue reading