5 Ways to Resolve Internet Business Disputes

In many cases, business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) conflicts can be resolved in a short period of time without filing a lawsuit. Here are five things you can do to make your ecommerce life easier. 1. Put your ecommerce conflict resolution policy in writing. Ideally you’ll want your written agreements for products and services to include provisions that clearly state how disputes will be handled if there’s a disagreement. That way everyone is on the same page for handling problems before they occur. If you don’t set up a roadmap ahead of time, chances are you’ll get sued by an unhappy party with a very happy lawyer collecting fees for going after you. At the first sign the other party might be considering a lawsuit, if you don’t already have an agreement in place for dispute resolution as part of a binding contract, reach out and see if everyone can […]

3 Common Legal Mistakes Nonfiction eBook Authors Make

Whether you’re writing for Amazon Kindle, Smashwords, or some other platform, there are three legal problems that you can easily avoid by taking a few simple steps. Mistake # 1 – Failing to Register Your Copyright Properly registering the copyright for your eBook with the U.S. Copyright Office (Copyright.gov) provides you with several legal advantages in case a competitor or reader tries to rip off the content of your book. For example, copyright registration enables you to sue for infringement to stop piracy plus provides the opportunity to pursue significant damages for infringement and reimbursement of your attorney fees. Having these available to you adds some teeth to a cease-and-desist demand letter sent to a pirate even if you don’t actually plan to sue. Mistake # 2 – Misusing Someone Else’s Copyrighted Material Just as important as protecting your intellectual property is making sure that your e-book doesn’t infringe upon […]

5 Costly Traps to Avoid when You Do Business on the Internet

When you’re doing business online, whether it’s buying something from a website or selling your own products and services, there are some mistakes that could cost you a fortune but can be easily avoided by taking a few minutes to protect yourself. Mistake 1 – Trusting the Hidden Con Artist There is an old cartoon that shows a dog sitting in front of a computer with the caption, “On the Internet no one knows you’re a dog.” Now imagine the word “fraud” replacing “dog” in the cartoon. That’s a fairly accurate description of at least 20% of the people you’ll encounter online when you do business. Never assume the person you’re dealing with on the Internet is legitimate. Some are frauds who intend from the beginning to take advantage of you simply because you’re based in another city, state, or country, i.e. unlikely to be able to do anything when […]