Digital law

Sale contract negotiation: The laws of e-commerce

Most people don’t spend much time reading into laws and paragraphs of legal jargon. But for online business it is extremely important to know your rights and obligations, both as a merchant and as a customer. Even for simple matters such as an online sale contract, there are some regulations which differ from physical retail. The law has laid out some important duties for online merchants that are intended to protect the customer – transparency and disclosure of information are a must in e-commerce. [...]  

Steps to Verified Trademark Registration

Any member of the economy has the right to apply for trademark registration for products or services that they use in the course of their trade. Whether these rights are granted depends on an evaluation by the federal authorities and the application’s compliance with legal requirements. This article shows how this process unfolds in the context of trademark registration, the registration costs associated with application, and the protection given to certified registrations. [...]  

Creative Commons made easy

Whether it’s music, photos, or graphics: an engaging website is full of visual elements and multimedia content. But not every website operator has the means to fill their site with their own professional images or music. A good alternative here are works published under a Creative Commons license – they’re free to use and some can even be used commercially. [...]  

EU cookie laws and how they affect your business

Online cookies used to track behavior online are commonplace in the modern internet world, serving many functions, from storing login information to telling websites which pages you visit. In 2011, EU member states implemented their respective cookie policies, dictated by amendments made in 2009 to the EU directive for privacy and data protection online. But what do these rules mean for UK businesses? And do they affect US website operators? [...]  

Impressums for Facebook pages

When operating a business from an English-speaking country, it’s easy to overlook the finer details of legal requirements overseas. However, if your business also has a base in Germany, Austria, or Switzerland, you will more than likely be required to provide an impressum on your online presences. Failure to do so could lead to disciplinary action, which could have serious consequences for the future of your company. But don’t panic! Creating a legally valid impressum could be easier than you think, especially with the help of the new impressum section for Facebook pages, which enables users to add the required information quickly and easily. [...]  

The main points on trademark law and brand protection

It makes sense for companies to protect their brand as early on as possible. This is how they safeguard themselves and their legal department from any troubles, and stop their competition from profiting from their good image and reputation. It’s also worthwhile for young online companies to do the same because the brand name doesn’t just carry prestige, but also security and money. Read on to learn the basics behind trademark law. [...]  

My program, your program: copyrighting software

Many developers are now idolized, and with the right idea and snippet of code you could be as successful as most of Hollywood. Musicians and writers often find themselves having to deal with plagiarism, imitators, and free-riders, which is a problem that many developers also face. Their software can easily be stolen and copied. Register your software and you can rest assured that you’re covered if any third parties attempt to infringe on your copyright. [...]  

The most important facts on image copyright online

Just because a photograph or artwork is available to view on the internet, doesn’t mean that you can use it for your own purposes. The creator’s consent and payment for royalties are often required. The rules don’t solely apply to sharing images that don’t belong to you; even if you use your own, you have to stick to certain guidelines. [...]  

Registering your business: what’s in a name?

The name of your business is critical for success. A good company name can create a strong brand that will allow you to stand out among the competition. But what happens after you’ve found the perfect name for your company? Read on to find out more about registering a company name and registering a trademark. [...]  

Getting a privacy policy for your website

Website owners often underestimate the importance of privacy policies, but they are essential for clarifying what kind of user data the website collects, and what happens with it. But is a privacy policy essential for your website, and if so, what details should it include? [...]