OVERVIEW OUTLINES OF THE LAW

Ivan Hoffman, B.A.,J.D.

Attorney at Law


        The law can be confusing.  I have written many, many articles about various aspects of intellectual property and Internet law.  Even though I write in as little legalese as possible, since I wrote these articles over the space of many years, you may not have a sense of the overview of how each piece fits into the larger picture.

        Thus, I have now organized the articles into an overview outline.  This may help you see the interrelationships among the many, seemingly diverse issues presented by these areas of the law.  Hopefully this can help take some of the confusion out of the law.

        I have 3 such outlines as described below.  While there is clearly some overlap in the general legal issues, each outline has a somewhat different "spin" in terms of the particulars depending on what the focus of that outline is.  The outlines are in html format with all the articles and other materials set up as links so accessing those articles and other materials is but a click away.

            1. Intellectual Property Law.  This is a broad overview covering many but certainly not all of the aspects of the issues presented by copyrights, trademarks, contracts, trade secrets and the like including how the Internet has impacted upon such areas of the law.  It also covers entrepreneurship in regard to these issues so that you can see the value of these rights within that context.  Patents are not included in this outline since it is a separate area of the law.  The general topics are:

                a. Copyrights including issues related to work made for hire agreements, joint works, third party materials and contributors, database issues, fair use, infringement, copyright expiration, termination of transfers and issues related to the Internet and copyright laws including email issues and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act;

                b. Trademarks including issues related to protection of trade dress, characters, slogans, infringement, fair use, infringement and dilution issues, fair use, domain name disputes and issues related to the Internet and trademark laws;

                c. Contract issues including issues related to online agreements, online advertising, nondisclosure agreements;

                d. Other issues such as defamation, privacy, publicity, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act; and

                e. Issues related to selling the company.

        2. Publishing and Writing Law.  This too is a broad overview with an emphasis however on the law related to publishing and writing.  It covers many but certainly not all of the aspects of the issues presented by copyrights, trademarks and contracts and the like including how the Internet has impacted upon such areas of the law.  It also covers entrepreneurship in regard to these issues so that you can see the value of these rights within that context.  The general topics are:

                a. Copyrights including issues related to work made for hire agreements, joint works, third party materials and contributors, fair use, infringement, copyright expiration, termination of transfers and issues related to the Internet and copyright laws including email issues and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act;

                b. Trademarks including issues related to protection of trade dress, characters, slogans, infringement and dilution issues, fair use, domain name disputes and issues related to the Internet and trademark laws;

                c. Contract issues including foreign publishing, use of third party materials, failure to publish provisions, royalties including cross-collateralization issues, issues related to electronic rights, next book provisions, reversion of rights provisions, warranties and indemnities, on demand publishing, out of print provisions, contracts with cover artists, illustrators, editors, joint authors, ghostwriters, interviewees, agents, distributors,

                d. Other issues such as insurance, defamation, advertising, privacy, publicity, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act; and

                e. Issues related to selling the company.

        3. Web Design and Internet Law.   As with the other 2 outlines, this one is a broad overview but with an emphasis on the law related to web design and includes many but certainly not all of the aspects of the issues presented by copyrights, trademarks and contracts and the like including how the Internet has impacted upon such areas of the law.  It also covers entrepreneurship in regard to these issues so that you can see the value of these rights within that context.  The general topics are:

                a. Copyrights including issues related to work made for hire agreements, joint works, third party materials and contributors, database issues, fair use, infringement, copyright expiration, termination of transfers and issues related to the Internet and copyright laws including email issues and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act;

                b. Trademarks including issues related to protection of trade dress, characters, slogans, infringement and dilution issues, fair use, domain name disputes and issues related to the Internet and trademark laws including keywords and meta tags, linking and crawling issues, domain name transfer agreements; and

                c. Contract issues including designer/client agreements and subcontractor agreements, agreements related to taking over a web design project, use of third party materials including on multimedia web sites, nondisclosure agreements, online advertising agreements; and

                d. Other issues such as defamation, privacy, publicity, spam and the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.
 


If you are interested in purchasing (inexpensively) the rights to download any of these outlines, email me for details.



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