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

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

Copyright Basics – Federal Registration and Common Law Rights
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Copyright Basics – Federal Registration and Common Law Rights

In a previous article, we discussed U.S. federal and common law rights for trademarks.  Similarly, there are common law copyrights and federal copyright registation.  This article discusses these rights as well as the associated cost and procedures. Basis for Copyright Protection Copyrights are federal rights granted by statute and protect “original works of authorship”.  Unlike … Continue reading