Do You Own Your Web Site Design?

Written by Richard A. Chapo

Your web site has been up for a few months and you are making money hand over foot. While surfing sites one evening, you are shocked to find a competitor using your design. You find out your designer sold themrepparttar same design. They must be breakingrepparttar 119281 law, right? It all depends on whether you ownrepparttar 119282 copyright to your web site design. Many site owners are shocked to find out they do not.

What is Copyright?

Copyright is a method of protection for authors of original works such as literature, computer programs, music, artistic pieces and photographic images. The protection provided by copyright arises under Title 17 ofrepparttar 119283 United States Code. A copyright givesrepparttar 119284 ownerrepparttar 119285 exclusive right to do or authorize others to: reproduce, prepare derivative works, distribute copies, publicly display and generally userepparttar 119286 material that carriesrepparttar 119287 copyright in exchange for something, typically a royalty or fee. The copyright owner often grants this use through a license agreement, but can sell it outright.

Who Can Claim Copyright?

Copyright protection is created IMMEDIATELY uponrepparttar 119288 creation of a fixed form ofrepparttar 119289 material in question and granted torepparttar 119290 person that createdrepparttar 119291 material. For instance, I automatically ownrepparttar 119292 copyright to this article upon completing it. I am not required to file for an official copyright withrepparttar 119293 US Copyright Office to prove that I amrepparttar 119294 owner ofrepparttar 119295 content. However, if I want to sue a person for using my article without permission, I must first register it.

What If I Hire Someone To Create A Web Site For Me?

If you hire a person or company to handlerepparttar 119296 design of your site,repparttar 119297 complexities of copyright become a major issue for you. Specifically,repparttar 119298 issue of "work for hire" is critical in determining whether you ownrepparttar 119299 design.

"Work for hire" refers torepparttar 119300 relationship between your business andrepparttar 119301 person creating your web site. If this person is an employee of your business and createsrepparttar 119302 material within their scope of employment, then your business ownsrepparttar 119303 copyright. However, what happens whenrepparttar 119304 designer is not an employee? In such a situation,repparttar 119305 following must occur forrepparttar 119306 copyright to automatically transfer to you. The work must be specially ordered or commissioned for use as:

How to Start a Bankruptcy Forms Processing Service

Written by Victoria Ring

P R E S S R E L E A S E For immediate release

How to Start a Bankruptcy Forms Processing Service

Work at home for bankruptcy attorneys nationwide. Documents are filed electronically online. Attorneys save money and drastically reduce their overhead expenses.

The majority of bankruptcy courts nationwide now require all documents to be filed electronically in PDF format. This has opened up an exciting opportunity for professionals to work from their home and draft Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy petitions for attorneys acrossrepparttar United States. The average consumer bankruptcy attorney operates on a very tight budget. Providing him or her with your service will not only lower their overhead costs but maintain consistency in their document preparation procedures.

A typical bankruptcy forms processing business might operate like this:

1. Client downloads or is emailed a set of Client Intake Forms in PDF format to print and fill out inrepparttar 119280 comfort of their own home.

2. Client will fax or email their completed forms torepparttar 119281 attorney for review. Ifrepparttar 119282 attorney decides to acceptrepparttar 119283 bankruptcy case,repparttar 119284 forms processor begins draftingrepparttar 119285 bankruptcy petition fromrepparttar 119286 information provided onrepparttar 119287 Client Intake Forms.

3. Areas ofrepparttar 119288 Client Intake Forms that are not properly completed byrepparttar 119289 client or containing statements that require a more detailed answer would easily be solved with a simple phone call torepparttar 119290 client to obtainrepparttar 119291 missing information. No face-to-face appointment would be necessary.

4. Afterrepparttar 119292 drafting ofrepparttar 119293 bankruptcy petition,repparttar 119294 forms processor savesrepparttar 119295 document in PDF format and sends it torepparttar 119296 attorney as an attachment on an email.

5. At this pointrepparttar 119297 attorney may wish to meet withrepparttar 119298 clients to review their bankruptcy petition before filingrepparttar 119299 petition, but it is not absolutely necessary.

Note: Electronically filed documents do not requirerepparttar 119300 client’s handwritten signature so it is not necessary forrepparttar 119301 attorney to meetrepparttar 119302 clients face-to-face before filingrepparttar 119303 bankruptcy petition. An attorney is provided with an electronic signature byrepparttar 119304 court that he or she uses for electronic filing purposes.

6. Afterrepparttar 119305 attorney receivesrepparttar 119306 bankruptcy petition by email fromrepparttar 119307 forms processor, he or she will save it on their computer underrepparttar 119308 client file name and beginrepparttar 119309 review. The attorney can either print outrepparttar 119310 bankruptcy petition and make changes with an ink pen, or review it onrepparttar 119311 computer screen and note any changes in an email torepparttar 119312 forms processor.

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