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How To Make An Intelligent Choice When Hiring An Internet Business Lawyer

By Internet Lawyer, Website Lawyer

Is It Time To Take Your Business To The Next Level With An Internet Business Lawyer?

Are you ready to make a serious step in the right direction for your online business or company website by investing in an Internet business lawyer?

If you choose wisely, an Internet business attorney can be an essential asset to your team. Having a lawyer with experience in this area of law will no doubt push the success of your business to the next level. Here’s how to ensure that you are making an intelligent choice when you’re hiring an Internet business attorney.

What You Should Look For When Hiring An Internet Business Lawyer

Depending on what your specific business needs are, you should make sure to tailor your search for an Internet business attorney who will meet those needs. Is your business a limited liability company (LLC) with other members? Does your online business outsource work to a bookkeeper or participate in ghost writing and therefore need a confidentiality agreement to protect your trade secrets and intellectual property?

Asking yourself these fundamental questions will have you well on your way to making the right decision. No matter how convoluted or intricate your online business issues may seem, the right Internet business attorney can help to alleviate those concerns, leaving you to focus on the actual operation of your company. On the other hand, an experienced Internet business lawyer has most likely seen a wide array of Internet and Business law issues and could end up being your right guy for the job.

What The Right Internet Business Lawyer Can Do For You

Once you have made the right choice in hiring an Internet business attorney you can be rest assured that you will have the best legal protection for your online business. For instance, there may be aspects of your website that call for a certain type of legal document or agreement that your Internet business attorney can quickly spot and take care of for you. A good Internet business lawyer will not only keep your website free from lawsuit-happy consumers but will also give sound advice for your business in general.

Treat your online business with the best care possible and put your website woes to rest once and for all by making the right choice in an Internet business lawyer.

Website Protection For People Who Want To Build Their Online Businesses, Safely, Surely

By Intellectual Property, Internet Lawyer

What is website protection?

Website protection is a general term that covers a wide variety of steps and measures that business owners need to take to ensure that their websites won’t subject them to legal action and that their website content and intellectual property is protected.
Website protection requires that business websites have certain policies on things like data protection and a set of terms of use for users/clients. Further, website owners need to make sure that they have a right to use all content they use or post on their websites and that their intellectual property rights in their own content are protected.

What is the value in obtaining website protection?

Website protection ensures that business owners can remain confident that their websites and the content on them are legally safe and secure, allowing them to focus their energy on running and growing their online businesses, not worrying about having to protect their websites.
Failure to have certain policies, for instance a privacy policy, can lead to clients not giving you their business out of fear as to who their personal data is handled. Lack of such policies can also lead to lawsuits, for instance if, god forbid, you have a data breach and clients data is stolen and misused, you can be liable for their damages if you do not have protections for your business in your policies or terms.
Failure to protect your intellectual property or to secure the right to use the intellectual property of others can be quite costly also. If you have not secured your intellectual rights then someone could come to your businesses’ website and steal your content and use it however they wish without paying you for the privilege. Alternatively if you use someone else’s content without securing the legal right to do so, even something as simple as a photo from a search engine, your business could be sued and subjected to heavy financial damages, something that is easily avoided by making sure upfront that you have a clear legal right to the content on your website.

How should your business go about getting website protection?

Business owners who want to ensure their websites are properly protected should have an experienced internet lawyer perform a legal checkup on their website to make sure their websites do not have any legal red-flags and to clear any that might be present.
Internet lawyer Mike Young has been working on internet legal matters, providing website protection guidance and the necessary legal guidance to business owners since the mid-nineties and he has a wealth of experience in the field of internet law. For help with your website protection needs, you will want to schedule a telephone appointment with Internet Lawyer Young today.

Pirate Bay Co-Founder Arrested in Cambodia

By Intellectual Property

With human trafficking, genocide, terrorism, etc., you have to wonder about the misplaced priorities that have targeted Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg for copyright infringement. Yes, the Cambodian government has arrested him with plans to extradite to Sweden so that prison time can be served.

What’s intriguing is that there’s no Swedish-Cambodian extradition treaty in place. Makes you wonder if a diplomatic carrot (bribe) was offered by the Swedes to bring this intellectual property rights menace to justice.

To be sure, protection of copyrights and other intellectual property is important. But in the grand scheme of things, this is hitting a fly with a sledge hammer…and ignoring the fact there are billions more pirates around the planet. It’s an example of silliness rather than copyright protection.

Who Owns Your Social Media Content?

By Internet Lawyer

When you’re posting original content (e.g. your photos) on social media sites, who owns and has the right to use the content? You may own the copyright but have you given the social media site a license to use your content however they want to?
This is not an academic issue but has serious real world applications for your intellectual property rights and your reputation.
What’s important to note is that each of the big social media sites has different policies on how they treat the content you post…and what rights you’re giving to them in exchange for the ability to post the content in the first place.
For example, some Facebook users photos were being used in advertisements on Facebook for products. In some instances, the users clearly did not want to be associated with the products and services being promoted on Facebook using their images.
What about Google Plus? Have you read the terms governing the use of the content that you post? Are you giving Google the license to use your content however Google wants? What about Google’s advertisers and others with which Google has a business relationship? Did you give them a license to use your content too simply by posting it on Google+?
It’s important to note that sometimes even the social media site’s policy governing content use won’t necessarily determine your rights. For example, Twitter has taken the position that users own their own content (not Twitter). However, there’s a lawsuit in New York where a court may very well decide that Twitter owns the content…even if you delete your account.
Finally, if your intellectual property is important to you, and you insist on sharing it via social networking, understand that a social media’s terms governing content use may change frequently. Primary reasons for such changes include government action forcing the modifications and settlement of class action lawsuits by social media users unhappy with how their content has been used/misused.
If what you’re posting on a social media site has tremendous value to you, always read the current terms governing content use and intellectual property rights before putting the content online.

Google Analytics: Are you creating your competition by using this tool?

By Intellectual Property

If you own a website, are you creating a bigger competitor by using Google Analytics?
Google is rapidly moving into different markets beyond its search engine mainstay.
For example, Google just bought Frommer’s travel brand. They’ve been gobbling up different niches (e.g. Zagat for restaurant ratings). The company has also invested in at least two legal-related websites. In other words, there’s a grab to capture multiple markets online.
What’s that mean to you?
If Google thinks your niche looks good, the company may become your competition.
Remember – It is called Google Analytics (not Your Analytics). In other words, all of that data is being mined by Google and can be used against you. In you’re using the tool, just remember it’s your intellectual property that is being mined and Google’s concept of “Don’t Be Evil” may be very different than what you have in mind.
If the reporting benefits outweigh the competition risks, use Google Analytics…but understand that there are risks.