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Yearly Archives from 2018

Travel Alert: New US Domestic Requirement for All Travelers Starts Jan. 22

Starting January 22, 2018, the US Department of Homeland Security will not accept certain state-issued IDs for domestic travel. Passports are universally accepted and the preferred ID for all air travel. Florida state-issued IDs are compliant. However, if you plan to use an ID issued by another state for travel within the United States on or after January 22, visit this Department of Homeland Security website for details.

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Copyright Tip: I Attributed the Source. Do I Still Need to Obtain Permission?

Many people assume that they are free to use copyright protected materials as long as they provide the proper attribution for the source of the materials. Unfortunately, attribution is not a substitute for securing permission. For business purposes, you must obtain permission from the material’s copyright holders or their agents first before you can lawfully: Reproduce materials Distribute copies of material Prepare derivative materials based upon the work Display or perform the work publicly Otherwise, […]

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Public Record or Trade Secret?

Down at the crossroads where innovative private enterprise meets good accountable government, there can be collisions between public records and trade secrets. Under Florida’s strong public records laws, which protects the commercially valuable secrets of those who do business with the state, not every piece of data obtained from a company is a trade secret. A recent case in Broward County nicely illustrates the point. In a public records request, Yellow Cab asked Broward County […]

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A Challenge for Readers: Who Qualifies as ‘the News Media’?

A perennial question in this internet age is, “Who exactly does qualify as the news media?” In the days when Gutenberg invented movable type, the number of printing presses could be counted on fingers and toes. Today, with the internet as every man or woman’s printing press, the number is infinite. For access to normally public records, forums, and events, such as public meetings and court hearings, the news media and the public have about […]

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When Does Joint Authorship Apply to a Copyright

How much do you have to contribute to a creative project to claim joint authorship? Periodically individuals call me and explain that they have been working on a book or a screenplay with a friend, and now they are not getting along due to a dispute over the content of the piece. They want advice on copyright issues and how to resolve the dispute. A great example of a very public dispute involves the authorship […]

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Required Minimum Distributions Part 2 – How Qualified Charitable Distributions Can Minimize the Tax Impact of RMDs

As discussed in part 1, the IRS requires you to begin withdrawing a minimum amount annually from traditional IRAs (and from most 401ks) once you reach age 70 ½. These minimum withdrawal amounts are called Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs). If you are one of the 3.4 million Americans who turn 70 in 2018 and own one or more of these accounts, you know that RMDs are in your near future. When RMDs are distributed from […]

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