Do you own the work your employee and contractor create for you?

Elliott Stapleton Copyright

Business owners may use employees or independent contractors to produce websites, software, logos, articles, or other unique creative works for use by the company. It may surprise you to know that, without a Work for Hire Agreement, your company does not own the work created by an independent contractor. Who owns work created by an Independent Contractor? By default, independent …

What are Fair Use Copyright Laws?

Elliott Stapleton Copyright

I am frequently asked what protection “Fair Use” provides under Federal Copyright law.  But Fair Use is not a protection or license to use the work of another, it is merely a defense to copyright infringement. What are the Standards for Fair Use? In general, infringement can be defended by showing that proper credits were given to the author of …

What Does a Confidentiality Agreement Protect?

Elliott Stapleton Confidentiality and Nondisclosure Agreement

A confidentiality agreement can protect any type of information that is not generally known. Types of information that is not generally known include intellectual property, such as trade secrets, copyrights, trademarks and patents. A trade secret is a formula, practice, process, design, instrument, pattern, or compilation of information by which a business can obtain an economic advantage over competitors or …

Protect your Idea with a Confidentiality Agreement

Elliott Stapleton Confidentiality and Nondisclosure Agreement, Our Services

Confidentiality Agreement (also known as Non-Disclosure Agreement or NDA) For a new business, it is important to protect your confidential information; which includes an invention, idea, trade secret, trademark, copyright, or patent. As with most startup businesses, to get the company off the ground you need to use designers or independent contractors.  In some circumstances you will need to provide …