Daily Archives April 30, 2015

Intellectual Property Law

Intellectual Property Law

by: Joe Regan

Intellectual Property Law can be quite confusing at times. Copyrights, trademarks and patents all have a role in protecting your hard earned content and knowing their role is half the battle.
Intellectual property in itself refers to the creations of the mind, including such things as: artistic works, literary works, inventions, names, images, symbols, and designs used in commerce. In other words, the intellect that is the possession of an organization or an individual is considered intellectual property.
Intellectual property is divided into two categories, copyrights and industrial property.
Copyrights give the authors of an exclusive work, exclusive rights to that work for a limited amount of time...

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Are you ready for Your Student’s Student Loans?

Are you ready for Your Student’s Student Loans?

by: Mike Yeager

Your son or daughter is a high school senior and your worried about the coming year, and more importantly, the coming student loans? College has become so important in your children’s future that parents have begun to plan for it at their child’s birth. But, not all of us, as new parents thought that far ahead or could afford too. So, now what? Student loans, whether they are federal loans or not, are options to considered, but to understand first.
Many students that enter college need financial aid. College financial aid provides for instruction as well as the costs of books. But, usually, it does not provide for living arrangements or meals. These are added expenses most of the time.
Federal financial aid or Federal student ...

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The legal fiction of common law marriage

The legal fiction of common law marriage

by: Johnette Duff

During a radio-talk show appearance, a caller told me about his unfortunate brush with the legal fiction of common-law marriage. He had been living with a woman for several weeks when he came home one evening to find the woman, his TV and assorted other property missing. He called the police, who mistakenly informed him that the woman was his common-law wife and so they couldn’t help him.
What qualifies as a common-law marriage? Take your pick:

Leaving too many clothes at your girlfriend’s house?
Living together six months
Living together seven years?

Chances are you picked the third answer, but all three response are equally wrong. A common misconception is that the length of cohabitation creates common-law status...

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What To Do When Claims For Supplemental Security I

What To Do When Claims For Supplemental Security Income Are Disapproved?

by: Jinky C. Mesias

The supplemental security income is one benefit that can be considered as pro-poor benefit. But like any other Social Security Benefits, there are some requirements needed in order to qualify for the supplemental security income and these are as follows: a) must be living in the United States or the Northern Mariana Islands, b) must be a citizen of United States or is legally living in the United States, c) must be age 65 or above doesn’t matter if blind or disabled and must meet the required base level of income.
The required base level of income for supplemental security income depends on whether or not the recipient works...

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Copyright – What Can You Protect?

Copyright – What Can You Protect?

by: Richard A. Chapo

The legal protection known has “copyright” has come front and center over the past few years with major legal rulings regarding peer-to-peer networks on the Internet. Copyright protection, however, can be a confusing area of the law. This article details what can and cannot be protected by copyright.
Copyright Protection? – Yes
Copyright protects “original works of authorship” in a tangible, fixed form of expression. The material does need to be directly perceptible as long as it can be expressed with the aid of technology. A good example of this is a movie, which requires a projection device of some sort.
Materials that can be copyrighted include:
1. Literary works;
2. Musical works, including any accompanying words
3...

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