Copyright laws and the Internet seem almost at odds. After all, how can anyone monitor the over half a billion (yes, billion) websites that exist? Moreover, if your original work does end up on another’s website, how do you file suit? Then again, if someone sends you a DMCA Takedown Notice, what the heck is it and is it binding?
The way we do business has vastly changed compared to just a decade ago. While business men and women used to carry large briefcases and quarters for the pay phone, now we can access all of our information regarding payroll, purchase orders, inventory spreadsheets, and end of day summaries from our mobile device. The reason that we have this incredible advantage is because of the Internet “cloud.” So what exactly is the cloud and is your information safe?
One of the biggest indicators of a successful startup or company are its employees. Without hard-working and dedicated employees who believe in your cause, it will be very hard to lead your company to the top. Unfortunately as part of the growing process, finding these type of employees isn’t always the easiest task and it may come time to let a certain employee or two go. To protect yourself and your company when firing an employee, you can take the following precautions:
Is it just me, or does the world seem like it keeps getting smaller and smaller? You can get to any country in the world in about 30 hours, use free apps on your phone to talk to anyone, anywhere, and it’s never been easier to connect with fellow business people around the globe to achieve your company’s goals (including suppliers, computer programmers, investors, etc.). While virtual borders are getting easier to cross, there are still key points that you need to keep in mind when planning to conduct business overseas.
Creating, testing, and refining an idea may take hundreds of hours, but for many inventors that just may be the easy part. Once a prototype is pieced together, many creators don’t have a clue as to what the next step is towards marketing their product.
Software patents came into existence in the early 1990′s and have been extremely overbroad and vague. In fact, lawyers, judges, inventors, and engineers have never truly known what software patents actually cover and because of that, thousands of meaningless and low quality software patents have been issued every year.
Corporations and startups have many different options when they’re looking to mine additional funding to supplement or expand a project. Selling stock to shareholders can be a great option, but it’s critical to know what you are trading in exchange for those much needed dollars.
Recently on the news there was a story about how a dentist was suing a former patient and her ex-husband because they posted on Yelp that he was a “butcher” and a “crook.” The dentist stated that he believed it was an attempt to gain money from a medical malpractice suit and that they wanted to destroy his reputation. The couple said that they just wanted to warn others about this doctor’s terrible work. As a business owner, this case could really affect you.
Security breaches and privacy leaks from cyber attacks by hackers are becoming a bigger and bigger concern for customers and users of apps and big companies. We’re signing up for much more than we’re bargaining for when we sign ourselves up for a simple app or a service that is meant to make our lives easier or just a little bit more fun. It certainly seems like electronically stored information will never be safe again.