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Posting hyperlinks to copyrighted content is not direct copyright infringement of that content; some similar acts may create liability for your business.

Many types of businesses, namely those who operate blogs or otherwise deal in information, send links and post to copyrighted material. Many of these businesses are aware that merely posting a link to copyrighted material is not direct infringement of the copyright in that content; indeed, many of these businesses make a living off the advertising on their pages, which pages essentially offer as their only value a link to copyrighted material. This article is an attempt to identify the limits of the rule that posting a link to copyrighted material is not direct infringement, and to help indicate where pitfalls may lay. 

The General Rule

A federal court in New York  recently held that sending an email with…

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Copyright Infringement

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This post discusses what you should know about voluntary, administrative, and judicial dissolution of a business entity in Washington.

As a business owner, you may find yourself in a situation where you either need to dissolve your company, you are being forced to dissolve your company (either by other owners or by the state), or you simply want to know what your potential exits are. This post will explain dissolution in Washington, and how it can affect your business.

In Washington, closely-held corporations may be dissolved in one of three ways: 1) voluntarily, by vote of the shareholders or directors; 2) by administrative dissolution; or 3) by judicial dissolution.

Voluntary Dissolution

To voluntarily dissolve a corporation, generally the corporation’s board of directors may propose dissolution for submission to a vote of the shareholders. Two-thirds of the authorized shareholders then must approve the proposed dissolution….

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Business Entity Dissolution

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This post discusses the element of consideration and its importance for contract enforcement.

Consideration is a bargained-for exchange of something of legal value. “Something of legal value” ranges from a promise to do something or refrain from doing something, an action, or the creation, modification or destruction of a legal relationship. All enforceable contracts must have consideration.

For an example, Abel is need of a loan. Baker promises to lend Abel $1000 if Abel promises to return the $1000 along with $100 in interest. Abel agrees. This is consideration: Baker has promised to loan Abel $1000 as the price for receiving Baker’s $1100 in return and Abel has promised to give Baker $1100 in return for Baker’s promise of a $1000 loan.

In contrast, a promise to make a gift is not enforceable, because there…

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This post discusses guns in the workplace, firearm regulation, and what business owners can do to minimize gun related workplace risks.

The debate over firearm regulation is as old as firearms themselves. Recently, the debate has been brought to the forefront because of the actions of mentally ill people in Colorado, Connecticut, Washington D.C., and Arizona, among other places. But how does firearm regulation affect you day to day as a business owner or employee in Washington? That is, what should you know about guns in the workplace?

What can your employees do lawfully with their guns?

Business owners and employees are subject to the general carry laws in Washington. These gun laws allow a person to open-carry (visible in a holster) in most places or conceal a pistol while in that person’s fixed place of business without a concealed pistol license (“CPL”)….

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