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Your Internet Legal Shield

By Internet Lawyer

What is an Internet legal shield? The concept dates back to knights fighting each other on the battle field.

To be effective, a knight needed a shield bearer known as a “squire.” An experienced squire would provide the knight with the right protection. If the knight were captured, the squire would try to rescue him.

As time went by, however, the rule of law replaced trial by battle.

Law is the safest helmet; under the shield of the law no one is deceived.
– Sir Edward Coke (1606)

Today, entrepreneurs need an Internet legal shield to protect themselves from lawsuits and government investigations while doing business online.

Internet Squire(SM) Mike Young focuses on helping business owners by providing them the right Internet legal shield for protection against lawsuits and government investigations.

Do Google Ad Keywords Violate Trademarks?

By Internet Lawyer

American Airlines is suing Google, claiming trademark infringement because competitors are purchasing AA’s trademarks as keywords to drive traffic to their sites. These type of suits are common, a cost of doing business for Google. But the issue will remain unresolved as long as the courts are split as to whether the practice of using trademarks as keywords constitutes infringement.

What does this mean for you? Unless you’ve got the deep pockets to fight in court with the trademark owner, you may want to make the decision to avoid using the marks in your pay-per-click (PPC) campaigns. Even if you’re legally right (and that’s not a sure bet), you can still be ruined in a lawsuit that eats up your time and money.

Then again, you could be one of the lucky ones who uses the keywords and doesn’t hear a peep from the trademark owners. Kind of like playing Russian Roulette. Do you feel lucky?

Licensing Agreements Can Grow Your Business

By Business Contracts, Business Lawyer

A license agreement is a contract in which one party grants another party permission to do something that would otherwise be illegal. These types of licenses are common for intellectual property protected by copyright, patent, or trademark. It can include a proprietary way of doing business, such as real estate investing or even operating a yoga studio.

Licensing agreements are more flexible than franchises because they are not heavily regulated by the government, are more flexible, and are less expensive to create and control than a franchise. Licenses promote entrepreneurs instead of suffocating them with a one-size-fits-all method of doing business one finds with franchises.

There are two primary ways to grow your business through licensing: (1) find others who are willing to pay licensing fees for what you own and make money by replicating your business through these licensees; and (2) become a licensee for the rights to something that would be profitable for your business to use.

If you’ve invented the wheel, license it and make money. If you haven’t, don’t reinvent it. License it from the inventor.

Doing Business With Cuba?

By Internet Lawyer

The Cuban government is an enemy of the United States. This is not debatable. For nearly five decades, Fidel Castro has made this point very clear.

What is also clear is that Marxists are right when they claim that a capitalist will sell you the rope with which to hang him.

The Dallas Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is hosting a doing business with Cuba event where you can learn how to get paid for agricultural exports to the island nation.

This begs the question: why are we selling goods that prop up an adversary that’s on its last legs?

Some claim that it serves a humanitarian purpose by feeding the Cuban people. That’s nonsense.

What it does do is support the tyrant in power, enabling him to hold onto the reins of his dictatorship…a regime that jails and tortures political opponents.

If money is your only goal, then by all means attend the conference and sell your products. If life and liberty are more important to you, pass on this “opportunity.”

Hat tip to AgNews.