Embedding YouTube – Will Copyrights Get Me?
Advertising & Marketing / Contracts / Copyright / Trademarks

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

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

Electronic Signatures
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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

Covenants Not to Compete – Texas Style
Contracts / Trade Secrets

Covenants Not to Compete – Texas Style

Love them or hate them, if you are in any sort of competitive field, eventually you’ll need to deal with a convenant not to compete.  In this article I’ve summarized the basics of covenants restricting post-employment activities, and related considerations for both employers and employees. “The healthiest competition occurs when average people win by putting … Continue reading

Due Consideration – How Contracts Are Made Even If You Don’t Expect Them
Contracts

Due Consideration – How Contracts Are Made Even If You Don’t Expect Them

“But, we had a deal!”  Not a phrase that generally leads to anything but wasted time and energy.  Do you know what really leads to an enforceable contract, and what’s relegated to unenforceable business contemplation? Some agreements must be in writing in order to be enforceable because of what’s referred to as the “Statute of Frauds.”  However, except for … Continue reading