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July 2014 Archives

Are non-disclosure agreements necessary?

Non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) are commonly used to protect company information. These agreements are needed to prevent employees, contracted workers and others from taking private information to other companies or competitors. Non-disclosure agreements are legally binding, and violation of them could result in legal and financial repercussions.

The basics of protecting Internet intellectual property

Protecting Internet intellectual property is one of the most important things that a company or business can do. However, this process can seem daunting and unnecessary to some business owners. Simply by better understanding how to protect Internet intellectual property, start-up business owners can make the necessary and proactive steps for the benefit of the company.

Copyright law and how it could change the music industry

New Mexico readers who stream online music could be noticing some major changes in the industry. Congress is considering an overhaul of the U.S. copyright law and these changes would have a direct impact on music and how artists get paid for the use of their copyrighted songs. While there can be no guarantee on the outcome of any proposed changes, most people agree that the laws pertaining to the music industry are outdated and too complex.

Does spending qualify as a "trade secret" of a company?

After Hurricane Sandy swept through the East Coast, the American Red Cross collected millions of dollars, but the organization claims that how it spent that money qualifies as a trade secret. New Mexico readers will note that this is an interesting trade secret claim because many feel that the charitable organization should disclose how and where those contributions were dispersed. Typically, the Red Cross does not release many details about how it spends money, especially after a disaster.

Aereo streaming services actually copyright infringement

The United States Supreme Court has recently ruled against Aereo, stating that their services violate copyright law. Aereo is an internet service designed to allow television viewers to watch shows by using signals that are transferred through the air. The reason why this act of "grabbing signals" for broadcast is considered infringement of copyright law is because neither sponsors nor the owner of the content receive compensation from Aereo's streaming service.

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