Steps to Verified Trademark Registration

Steps to Verified Trademark Registration

Any member of the economy has the right to apply for trademark registration for products or services that they use in the course of their trade. Whether these rights are granted depends on an evaluation by the federal authorities and the application’s compliance with legal requirements. This article shows how this process unfolds in the context of trademark registration, the registration costs...

How to use Creative Commons correctly

Creative Commons made easy

Whether it’s music, photos, or graphics: an engaging website is full of visual elements and multimedia content. But not every website operator has the means to fill their site with their own professional images or music. A good alternative here are works published under a Creative Commons license – they’re free to use and some can even be used commercially.

Facebook impressums

Impressums for Facebook pages

When operating a business from an English-speaking country, it’s easy to overlook the finer details of legal requirements overseas. However, if your business also has a base in Germany, Austria, or Switzerland, you will more than likely be required to provide an impressum on your online presences. Failure to do so could lead to disciplinary action, which could have serious consequences for the...

The basics of trademark law

The main points on trademark law and brand protection

It makes sense for companies to protect their brand as early on as possible. This is how they safeguard themselves and their legal department from any troubles, and stop their competition from profiting from their good image and reputation. It’s also worthwhile for young online companies to do the same because the brand name doesn’t just carry prestige, but also security and money. Read on to...

Copyrighting software

My program, your program: copyrighting software

Many developers are now idolized, and with the right idea and snippet of code you could be as successful as most of Hollywood. Musicians and writers often find themselves having to deal with plagiarism, imitators, and free-riders, which is a problem that many developers also face. Their software can easily be stolen and copied. Register your software and you can rest assured that you’re covered if...

Image copyright online

The most important facts on image copyright online

Just because a photograph or artwork is available to view on the internet, doesn’t mean that you can use it for your own purposes. The creator’s consent and payment for royalties are often required. The rules don’t solely apply to sharing images that don’t belong to you; even if you use your own, you have to stick to certain guidelines.

A case for thinking global: Germany’s Impressum laws

The need for a global touch

In today’s globalized world, strong bull markets on the home front simply aren’t enough if you wish to turn your company into a true Unicorn. Branching out into the world is a task that requires understanding and respect for different cultures and their laws. Failing to take such nuances into account may not only turn potential clients and customers off, it can also be the source of other, more...


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