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  • FINRA Investigations Under Rule 8210

    It is every registered personís nightmare. You receive a letter from a FINRA office notifying you that you are the subject of a FINRA investigation.

  • Sharing Photographs: Excessive Copyright Demands

    Technological advancements in social media sites and website development tools have allowed users to easily share and discuss articles and photographs across the globe. In parallel with these technological developments, various organizations have sprung up that claim to represent owners of these shared photographs. These organizations send a letter and make an excessive copyright demand. Users must understand their rights before deciding whether to succumb to such excessive demands.

  • Can I Have Google Content Removed?
      by HG.org

    As many people know, once information is on the Internet, it can stay there forever. However, some individuals have a legitimate interest in having certain information removed from the Internet, so they may pursue doing this through Google, the largest search engine at the time of publication. There is a certain process that individuals must usually follow in order to effectuate this, and Google does not guarantee that all unfavorable information will be removed.

  • Intellectual Property: 3 Legal Tools to Help You Protect Your Business Idea

    If the success of your small business rests with your intellectual property, then you should be very interested in how you can protect it. Filing for a patent can be costly and time-consuming; you may not be able to wait that long, especially if you need to share your idea with others for it to come to fruition.

  • When Is It Legal to Download Music, Movies, or Software Via Torrents on the Internet?
      by HG.org

    Since the rise of the Internet, the illegal sharing of music, movies, and software have been an ongoing concern. Still, not every peer-to-peer network for sharing various forms of media is illegal, and some companies have even found it desirable to begin distributing materials in this fashion. So, when is it legal to download music, movies, or software via torrents on the Internet?

  • Intellectual Property Law: Understanding the Basics

    Intellectual property law is an intimidating subject for many business owners. Sure, youíve heard horror stories about intellectual property being stolenÖ but that would never happen to you, right? Actually, if youíre in business long enough, thereís a very good chance that your ideas will be stolen. And if you donít protect yourself, the consequences could be catastrophic.

  • Trademark Law and Copyright Law - Their Use by Celebrities

    Because of the value of even the simplest phrase, celebrities today are utilizing copyright and trademark law to protect their intellectual rights in instances rarely before noticed. It is Copyright and Trademark Law which requires their lawyers to send cease and desist letters to unsuspecting entrepreneurs. A balance needs to be restored so celebrities can proceed against large scale pirates even if they donít aggressively seek to protect their intellectual property rights in every case.

  • Is it Illegal to Buy Counterfeit or Knockoff Designer Goods?
      by HG.org

    Every year, millions of Americans visit the little bodegas and shops, often located in ethnic ghettos of large cities, to purchase counterfeit or knockoff designer goods. Others buy these items online, at flea markets, or dozens of other locations. Wherever one goes, there is some question as to the legality of such transactions. After all, one is knowingly buying a product that is a copy of a trademarked and copyrighted work. Is this legal?

  • Every Book Ever Written Soon to be Searchable on the Internet Thanks to Fair Use Doctrine
      by HG.org

    Virtually anyone who has used the Internet outside of China has heard of the search engine giant Google (China blocks Google and has its own domestic search engine). But, many did not know that in 2002, one of Google's founders, Larry Page, had a plan to put every book ever written on the Internet. The plan stalled after legal troubles, but may now be back on track thanks to the Fair Use Doctrine.

  • What is Plagiarism?
      by HG.org

    Perplexing and scary, the concept of plagiarism has long been the bane of students everywhere. Whether something is plagiarized and what that means has long been a matter of some uncertainty, however. So what exactly is plagiarism and is it against the law?


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