Author Archive | Leigh Gill

Is Your Copyright Safe Harbor Departing? Changes to the DMCA registration process.

Changes to the DMCA Procedure If your company offers a website, app or service that allows others to post content, or if you’re a content creator, you’re probably familiar with the safe harbor provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The Copyright Office recently adopted new rules that update the process that has been […]

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Voltage Pictures Lawsuit & BitTorrent Infringement

Voltage Pictures Lawsuit & BitTorrent Infringement This post is an updated version (UPDATED 4/24/14) from the previous post Copyright Scheme. In 2013, several copyright infringement suits were filed in the Federal District Court of Oregon, alleging that defendants downloaded copyrighted films using a technology called BitTorrent. Two such noteworthy cases are Elf-Man LLC v. Does […]

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Admitting a New Partner to a LLC

Are there tax consequences when admitting a new partner to an LLC? Imagine that a friend from college calls you up with a great idea for a new business. Your friend asks you to join his business as the CEO and, although he can’t pay you for your services, you will be a 50% owner […]

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2014 Social Media Law in Oregon

Is there a change to social media law in Oregon in 2014? Social media law is changing: effective January 1, 2014, Oregon Law will offer additional protections to employee social media accounts. House Bill 2654 was enacted in May of 2013, effective 2014, to prevent employers from compelling their employees to provide passwords or other […]

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Copyright Scheme

In recent months several copyright infringement suits have been filed in the Federal District Court of Oregon, alleging that defendants downloaded copyrighted films using a technology called BitTorrent. Two such noteworthy cases are Elf-Man LLC v. Does and Voltage Pictures, LLC v. Does. Both cases add to a growing trend of similar cases filed in […]

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What is a Trademark?

Trademarks are all around, and you probably even know them when you see them, but what are they? To answer this question we will look at (1) what they are not, (2) how you get them, and (3) how they’re used. The difference between trademarks and copyrights A trademark is not a copyright, though both […]

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What is a Trade Secret?

Individuals and businesses have a variety of legal rights in the intangible things that create, invent, design or write. These are generally known as Intellectual Property and most people are familiar with the big three: copyright, trademark and patent. Lesser known, trade secrets can also offer substantial protection and represent a valuable asset that must […]

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B-Corps

With Governor John Kitzhaber’s signature of House Bill 2296 on June 18, Oregon passed a law recognizing the Benefit Corporation as a legal entity. This new legislation marks the culmination of an ongoing effort by members of the business community to gain legal recognition of business motives other than financial gain. It seems fitting that […]

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