Is Your Intellectual Property Protected?

Written by Susan Dunn, Certified Emotional Intelligence Coach

THE NOODLE-HEAD The other day I had quite a shock. A student who was taking one of my Internet courses e-mailed me to tell me that it was so beneficial “I emailed copies to all my friends and family.” Thereby circumventing my $29.99 per course, and violating my copyright.


THE KNAVE I also market coaches. I design websites, including search engine optimization. In doing some work for a client, I discovered suddenly someone had overtaken them onrepparttar search engine. When I checked, it turned out they had completely copiedrepparttar 109401 source codes I’d done, keywords and all. Not one word was changed.

Double yikes!

THE NERVE Another client was checking outrepparttar 109402 competition onrepparttar 109403 web one day – he cuts plastics – and found someone had copied his entire entry page, just changingrepparttar 109404 logo and company name where needed. Same photos, same placement, same ad copy, same menu buttons ...



Check with your attorney, because it’s confusing. Even being a certified paralegal, I find intellectual property law daunting.

According torepparttar 109405 Cornell Law School website, “under current law, works are covered whether or not a copyright is attached and whether or notrepparttar 109406 work is registered.” (This means registered withrepparttar 109407 US Copyright Office.)

HOWEVER,repparttar 109408 American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association [AIPLA] saysrepparttar 109409 “registration … is not required for existence of copyright; however, it is a prerequisite to a lawsuit for copyright infringement and to certain legal remedies.” [Source: ] They recommend you have a specialist draftrepparttar 109410 document.

10 Tips for Investing in Distressed or Foreclosed Properties

Written by Elaine VonCannon

10 Tips for Investing in Distressed or Foreclosed Properties

1. Search onrepparttar world wide web for distressed or foreclosed properties as a starting point. Use a professional REALTOR to identify great foreclosure deals for you. You may be successful at searchingrepparttar 109400 web on your own, but keep in mind some ofrepparttar 109401 information is outdated, some may be incorrect, and some ofrepparttar 109402 available properties are not even listed. A REALTOR subscribes to updated MLS listings and can offer yourepparttar 109403 most current information available.

2. If you search yourself for distressed properties and purchase fromrepparttar 109404 selling agent, you are paying a commission to someone with a vested interest. Obtain objectivity inrepparttar 109405 sale by working with your own REALTOR. You won’t pay any more. Technically, everyone works forrepparttar 109406 seller, since they payrepparttar 109407 commission.

3. With distressed or foreclosed properties, time is ofrepparttar 109408 essence. Purchasers must close onrepparttar 109409 date specified byrepparttar 109410 agency, and cannot close after this without penalties of $25-200 per day.

4. It takes 1-3 weeks to qualify a loan. If you are approved for a loan, make sure you are qualified by your lender as soon as possible. If you are paying by cash, make certain funds are available. If finances are in order,repparttar 109411 REALTOR will then submit an offer. Whenrepparttar 109412 offer is accepted by both seller and buyer,repparttar 109413 REALTOR will submitrepparttar 109414 ratified contract torepparttar 109415 lender and closing agent. These steps will beginrepparttar 109416 process of a successful real estate transaction.

5. When purchasing a distressed property, always obtain 3-4 bids from different contractors to estimate costs of repairs, if you do not plan on doingrepparttar 109417 work yourself.

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