About Leigh Gill

Having worked as a business analyst, project manager and then as software consultant to fortune 500 companies, Leigh’s desire is to understand the business need and apply effective real-world solutions to solve business problems.

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 [...]

By |2018-03-22T19:21:36+00:00December 1st, 2016|Business, Copyright, Intellectual Property|Comments Off on Is Your Copyright Safe Harbor Departing? Changes to the DMCA registration process.

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 [...]

By |2018-03-22T19:21:37+00:00April 25th, 2014|Copyright, Intellectual Property, Internet, Schemes|Comments Off on Voltage Pictures Lawsuit & BitTorrent Infringement

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 [...]

By |2018-03-22T19:21:39+00:00April 21st, 2014|Entity Formation, LLC|Comments Off on Admitting a New Partner to a LLC

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 [...]

By |2018-03-22T19:21:39+00:00January 9th, 2014|HR|Comments Off on 2014 Social Media Law in Oregon

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 [...]

By |2018-03-22T19:21:39+00:00January 9th, 2014|Copyright, Schemes, Small Business|1 Comment

Privacy Policy for Websites and Mobile Apps

Short answer-Yes. It’s a typical story for a new business: step one in forming a new company is to name the company. In this modern era, choosing a name requires that you check what domain names are available and secure your digital presence. From the first day of your company you’ll probably be thinking about [...]

By |2018-03-22T19:21:39+00:00October 21st, 2013|Business, Contracts, Internet, Small Business|Comments Off on Privacy Policy for Websites and Mobile Apps

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 [...]

By |2018-03-22T19:21:40+00:00September 4th, 2013|Business, Intellectual Property, Trademark|Comments Off on What is a Trademark?

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 [...]

By |2018-03-22T19:21:40+00:00August 22nd, 2013|Business, Intellectual Property, Small Business, Trade Secret|Comments Off on What is a Trade Secret?