December 30, 2017

Last time, we talked about copyright and video games we discussed how copyright protects the literal computer code of the gaming programs, as well as what you see on the screen. Certainly, copycatting in the video game industry often has been rampant. This article will get a bit more legally technical and go back and explore in great detail *how* courts determine if two computer programs are actually similar enough that one program used the other...

November 29, 2017

Haha! Got you on that one, didn’t I? I bet you wanted to read the next few lines. Well, I wasn’t entirely exaggerating, but neither was I necessarily telling the full story on that one. This is a new series I am starting on the broad subject of “Intellectual Property” as applied to video games. We will cover copyright, trademarks and some aspects of patent law, as well as other boring stuff. However, a lot of this information is applicable to oth...

November 29, 2016

I have been wanting to write an article on one of my passions - video games - for awhile now.  What better time than in advance of the holiday season? So, let’s start with a brief history and examine some business and legal issues in my very favorite industry!

Disclaimer: The following information does NOT constitute legal advice and is only for general educational purposes.  Each situation is different and specific legal issues usually require ad...

December 30, 2015

“In the kingdom of glass everything is transparent, and there is no place to hide a dark heart.”

- Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration.

“No one likes to see their name on a government folder.”

- Stephen King, Firestarter.

In keeping with the holidays, I thought you might like to know a little bit about how Santa gets the goods on you.  More importantly, as a business owner (or maybe someone running a nonprofit) you have certain dut...

October 30, 2015

This is the second article on the pitfalls blogging operators face. 

A very popular type of blog is the news aggregation website.  you know those websites with headlines that beg, borrow or steal content from other actual stories and may or may not click through. According to Wikipedia, “a feed aggregator, feed reader, news reader, RSS reader or simply aggregator, is client software or a web application which aggregates syndicated web content such...

August 31, 2015

You’re a software developer.  You have an awesome product.  But your potential client is having trouble with some of the terms: maybe payment; maybe the form of deliverable; or the timing of production.  You go back and forth.  Phone calls.  Meetings.  And, emails.  You both really want this deal.  Finally, the last piece of the puzzle falls into place.  An oral “understanding” is reached, and everyone thinks “huzzah!”...

August 30, 2015

So, you operate a website or a blog on someone else’s website and you really enjoy it or you use it as a main source of revenue.  You are not alone. 

Some estimates put the number of blogs out there at 450 million.[1]  One source claims the following statistics: small businesses with blogs generate 128% more leads than those without, that interesting website content is one of the top three reasons people follow brands on social media, that n...

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