IT’S AN ENTREPRENEUR’S NIGHTMARE TO FIND THEIR CONTENT BLATANTLY BEING USED ON ANOTHER WEBSITE WITHOUT PERMISSION. Luckily, it is possible to remove stolen content from someone else’s site. When someone steals your stuff, whether it’s your copyrighted content (articles and blog posts, images and photographs) or your company’s trademarked property (company name, logo, tag line), […]

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7 Tips For How To Protect Your Business Online

protect your business from hackers

Like I always say, your business is your baby. You need to protect it. I’d bet that if I asked you if your business was worth protecting you’d say, “Hell yeah!” I know you put a lot of work into it. You’re proud of it. What’s missing, I suspect, is knowing how to protect your business […]

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IRS deductions for home office

Ahhhhhhh, the joys of being your own boss! One of the best parts of running your own business is having the option to work from home….  or anywhere else for that matter. In fact, with a 13 x 9 inch “portable office,” it’s easy to work from just about anywhere you can hook up your computer. Some […]

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“What Should I Name My Business?”

how to name your business

One of the questions I am asked most often is, “What should I name my business?” followed by, “Should I trademark my business name?”  I always give this answer to the first question: “When you’re first starting out and so many things are up in the air, use your own name to name your LLC or […]

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legal testimonials

We all know how powerful a testimonial can be. If done right, it can make people want to instantly sign up for your products and services. There’s nothing like “social proof” to improve your “Know-Like-Trust” factor. The higher your KLT, the more successful you’ll likely be. So… what is it, exactly, that makes a testimonial […]

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employee or independent contractor

Is your business growing to the point where you’re having to hire people to work for you? Fantastic. Congrats. Sending you a virtual slap on the back! Now, listen up, because this is no joke.  If you misclassify a worker as an independent contractor (self employed) when, legally, he or she is an employee in the eyes of […]

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how to register your website's copyright

Ah, yes, fair use. I hear people use that phrase all the time based on their opinion of what they think is “fair” under the circumstances. Unfortunately, it’s way more complicated than that. Indeed, the United States Supreme Court has gone on record as saying that the Fair Use Doctrine is “the most troublesome in the whole […]

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How to protect your website legal

I’m a lawyer, not a dentist, so I don’t argue when my dentist tells me that if I don’t get my teeth cleaned I’ll probably end up with holes in my teeth. Likewise, when an Internet lawyer (me!) tells you that if you don’t take steps to “cover your assets online” (the legal equivalent of taking preventative measures to protect your […]

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Amazon’s Affiliate Program Rules: BLOGGERS BEWARE

bloggers beware of amazon's associates program rules

This is one of those “how-can-you-know-what-you-don’t-know” moments. If you’re a member of AMAZON’S ASSOCIATES PROGRAM take note: there are rules you’re probably not aware of and they could be leaving you exposed to an Amazon slap on the wrists for abuse of its policies. Your site must be “suitable” according to clause #2 of Amazon’s Associates […]

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