Digital law

Design rights: protecting your design idea

Ever wondered why products never have the same shape and ornamentation, even when it comes to everyday items like toilet paper or bottles of beer? The answer lies in design right and registration. Though the UK’s independent body for copyright and design, the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), offers their design right policy free of charge, design registration is a more legally binding way to ensure the protection of the uniqueness of your design. So how do you register a design and how much does it cost? We’ll take you through the key steps to registering a design. [...]  

Sale contract negotiation: The laws of e-commerce

Most people don’t spend much time reading into laws and paragraphs of legal jargon. But for online business it is extremely important to know your rights and obligations, both as a merchant and as a customer. Even for simple matters such as an online sale contract, there are some regulations which differ from physical retail. The law has laid out some important duties for online merchants that are intended to protect the customer – transparency and disclosure of information are a must in e-commerce. [...]  

Creative Commons made easy

Artists use Creative Commons licenses to publish their work for free – but there are certain restrictions. Here’s how CC licenses work. [...]  

EU cookie laws and how they affect your business

Online cookies used to track behavior online are commonplace in the modern internet world, serving many functions, from storing login information to telling websites which pages you visit. In 2011, EU member states implemented their respective cookie policies, dictated by amendments made in 2009 to the EU directive for privacy and data protection online. But what do these rules mean for UK businesses? And do they affect US website operators? [...]  

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 future of your company. But don’t panic! Creating a legally valid impressum could be easier than you think, especially with the help of the new impressum section for Facebook pages, which enables users to add the required information quickly and easily. [...]  

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. [...]  

The need for a global touch

In today’s globalised 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 substantial headaches. A look at Germany’s Impressum law. [...]  

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 any third parties attempt to infringe on your copyright. [...]  

Registering your business: what’s in a name?

The name of your business is critical for success. A good company name can create a strong brand that will allow you to stand out among the competition. But what happens after you’ve found the perfect name for your company? Read on to find out more about registering a company name and registering a trademark. [...]  

Getting a privacy policy for your website

Website owners often underestimate the importance of privacy policies, but they are essential for clarifying what kind of user data the website collects, and what happens with it. But is a privacy policy essential for your website, and if so, what details should it include? [...]