Daily Archives April 25, 2015

Google’s Book Scanning and Copyright Laws

Google’s Book Scanning and Copyright Laws

by: Richard A. Chapo

As you may know, Google is making an effort to scan every book in the world. The goal is to create a giant online database of every book that can be searched. One small problem is the fact that Google is violating copyright laws.
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Google argues its book database doesn’t violate copyright laws. The company suggests it only shows short passages and accompanies the text with ads showcasing where the full books can be purchased. Of course, the ads are Google Adwords from which the company makes a tidy profit.
On Tuesday, the search goliath rolled out stand-alone book search services in 14 countries...

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New Website For Consumers

New Website For Consumers

by: News Canada

Does my infant’s car seat meet the latest Canadian safety standards?
How can I lower my bank service charges?
My letters of complaint aren’t being answered. Now what?
How can I protect myself against consumer scams?
Getting accurate, reliable answers to these kinds of questions is the name of the game if you want to be a smart consumer. Being informed is especially important if you’re shopping for a big-ticket item like a house or a car, or when there is a risk to your financial security or safety.
Until now it has not been easy to get answers to all of these questions in one place. Now you can go to the Canadian Consumer Information Gateway, at http://ConsumerInformation.ca.
The site contains clear, concise consumer information from nearly 300 dep...

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How To Avoid Copyright Infringement When Registeri

How To Avoid Copyright Infringement When Registering Domain Name

by: Stanley Spencer

One of the most important aspects of choosing a domain name is that it should be non-infringing. This is not an easy task since most unique names have already been registered. The number of useful domain names from the marketing point of view have become extremely limited. Several companies now register variations of their trademark names as a preventive measure against infringement. For example, check www.coke.com, www.coca-cola.com, and www.coca-cola.com, or try www.3m.com and www.mmm.com.
All these factors have led to a crisis of domain names and given rise to increasing cases of infringement of domain names...

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Consumer Tips: Debit Card Fraud

Consumer Tips: Debit Card Fraud

by: News Canada

(NC)-With approximately 36,000 ABM machines, and some 460,000 direct payment terminals in more than 350,000 businesses across Canada, it’s not surprising that Canadians are the highest per-capita users of debit cards in the world. Recent media stories have reported debit card fraud and the need for consumers to take proper precautions to protect themselves.
Beware of retailers that swipe your card twice. The second swipe may be on a card reader that skims your personal bank information from the magnetic strip. Thieves create fraudulent cards with this information, which enables them to take money from your bank account. First, however, they must get your personal identification number, or PIN.
They do this by what is termed “shoulder-surfing”...

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The Pros and Cons Of Hiring A Real Estate Lawyer

The Pros and Cons Of Hiring A Real Estate Lawyer

by: Dascar Daniel

You’re travelling in a foreign country and you get arrested for something that you didn’t even know was against the law. The potential fine is huge, more than you earn in 10 years. Would you represent yourself in front of judges who might not even speak your language? Not if you had any sense you wouldn’t. You’d probably hire a lawyer.
Let’s think about that. Most people are not willing to risk 10 years salary when they’re in front of the judge, yet those same people are willing to risk that same amount of money, or more, whenever they buy real estate in a foreign country.
What’s the risk? There are plenty.
Not being fully aware of the laws that affect the ownership of real estate for starters...

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