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COPYRIGHT TROLLS

Today we introduce you to the cousin of the infamous patent troll, the copyright troll. Similar to the patent troll, copyright trolls are people or organizations that contract with multiple copyright holders in order to obtain the right to litigate on their behalf. These “trolls” then track down copyright infringers,…

USING THE COPYRIGHT SYMBOL

When thinking of the copyright symbol ©, many people might associate the symbol as the obligatory stamp added on to the end of every book title or album cover, but what exactly does it mean? More importantly, how can this symbol be used to protect the work of artists, authors…

SEVEN COMMON CLAUSES IN SHAREHOLDER AGREEMENTS FOR CALIFORNIA CORPORATIONS

Although there is no legal constraint limiting the topics in a shareholder agreement, many California shareholder agreements address the following seven clauses: 1. Registration Rights Many California corporations have shareholder agreements stipulating the conditions in which the corporation must file a registration statement under the U.S. Securities Act for the…

DRAFTING LLC OPERATING AGREEMENTS

A limited liability company (LLC) operating agreement is similar to corporate bylaws in that both types of documents define the terms of how your business will function. The operating agreement sets forth the internal rules for governing a limited liability company, including the respective rights, obligations and duties of its…

10 MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW

How well do you understand intellectual property law? While many people may have a general idea of what patent, copyright and trademark rights protect, it is important to consider when and how they are actually used. Click on the statements below to find out the truth behind ten popular claims…