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Tips for Business Owners: Your Website Means You Operate in the Global Market

It is easy to think of yourself as a small, local business, especially if you never leave the house to run it. However, the reality is the second you create a website you are operating in the global marketplace. This also means you are subject to many of the same laws and regulations as huge multi-national corporations. Consider all the places where you plan to manufacture, transport, and distribute products. You should understand the rules […]

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Tips for Business Owners: Get All Agreements in Writing

As a business owner, you should ensure that all agreements are in writing. This is important not just for issues relating to intellectual property but for all aspects of your business. Here are a few reasons why. It eliminates incorrect assumptions. Imagine you start a t-shirt business with a colleague. He creates the designs, and you handle operating and marketing. After a year, one particular shirt design has become so popular that a major clothing […]

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Broughan Presents at FSU’s JMI for Global Entrepreneurial Studies

On January 30, 2018, Crystal Broughan gave a presentation titled “Intellectual Property 101” to a class of non-profit executives at Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurial Studies in Jacksonville. The Jim Moran Institute at the FSU College of Business aims to “cultivate, train, and inspire entrepreneurial leaders through world-class executive education, applied training, public recognition and leading-edge research.” The institute offers programs, expert speakers series, and an annual leadership conference for small business owners and […]

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Do You Need a License to Show That Movie?

A homeowner’s association has a pool movie night. A dentist plays movies in their waiting room. A church shows a film in their community room. In each of these situations, material protected by copyright law is shown in a public setting. If the organization did not obtain a license prior to the showing, it could be subject to penalties for copyright infringement. This is because U.S. copyright law protects original works of authorship fixed in […]

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Trademark Tip: Why to Register in Black and White

  Consider registering your trademark in black and white. This protects trademark use in all colors, rather than only limiting protection to the colors provided in a color image. If color is vital to your brand, consider two applications: one in black and white and one in your brand colors.

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Copyright Tip: When There’s No © Symbol

All original works of authorship are protected by copyright as soon as they are created and placed in a fixed format. This is true even if there is no © symbol used. Be safe. Always obtain permission before: Reproducing the work Distributing copies of the work Preparing derivative materials based upon the work Displaying or performing the work publicly

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