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Securing and Protecting Software Code for Start-ups

One of the most important issues for a technology start-up company is ensuring that it is adequately securing and protecting its proprietary software code. Securing Your Software Rights A start-up must first be sure that it has secured all rights in any software code...

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Practice Discretion When Posting on Social Media

Social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter allow us to communicate instantaneously with people around the world. With a few taps of a finger or thumb, we can share status updates, pictures, and political commentary with friends any time of day,...

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Get Off My Property!! The Counter-Arguments.

We’ve all heard that commonly yelled phrase “get off my property!!” Some of us may have even been the intended listener of that order, which is to say some of us have been troublemakers on someone else’s property. In either case, that demand by the property owner is...

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Estate Planning After The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which became effective on January 1, 2018, is considered the most significant overhaul of the U.S. Tax Code since 1986.  The changes will have a profound impact on individuals, trusts, estates, and businesses in a variety of ways. Generally,...

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Surface and Subterranean Water Rights

(This is the final part of a three-part series of columns on water rights.) When I was a boy a neighbor of ours built a wooden fence around his horse pasture. It had large posts and wide rails, and was painted with dark paint right down to the ground. When spring came...

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The Case of the Mischievous Monkey Selfie

A cynic in my house once described a selfie as a portrait of a monkey taken by a jackass.  For those of you still trying to get reception on a television set with a rabbit ears antenna, you might have missed the case of the monkey selfie.  Naruto, et al v. David John...

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Ten Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Copyrights

Everybody knows that January 1st is New Year’s Day, but did you know that January 1st is Copyright Law Day as well?  Like New Year’s Day, Copyright Law Day is an international observance, intended to celebrate the laws that protect the efforts of authors of all forms...

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