I have been talking a lot recently about the importance of protecting your business online. An important piece of this is to understand how to use copyright and trademark laws to your benefit.
It is easy to get confused about the differences between copyright protection and trademarks.
The best way that I can boil it down is that Copyright protects your content. Trademarks protect your brand.
Copyright laws (in Canada and internationally through treaties) protect the original content that you create and publish. Online courses, blog posts, photos, podcasts, ebooks, songs can all be copyrighted works.
Copyright protection is automatic upon publication of an original work. Registration is possible (and easy!) but not required.
Using the © symbol along with a copyright notice is a good preventative measure. i.e. © Legal Essentials Inc. 2020. All Rights Reserved.
Trademarks protect elements of your brand which can include business names, product names, slogans,...
In this video, I am talking about how I use Affiliates to promote my digital programs.
As with any legal relationships, it is good to get all of the expectations in writing so that you are both on the same page.
This video gives you an overview of how your content is protected by copyright law and where to put your copyright notices.
For more information about copyright (as well as trademarks and trade secrets), you can check out this free download - Download Here.
And a reminder that this content is protected by copyright law :)
(c) Legal Essentials Inc. 2020. All Rights Reserved
This video addresses three different ways that you can get a contract signed digitally.
These include the following:
(1) Sign on paper and scan (or take a picture)
(2) Use an e-signature program
(3) Use a checkbox to get someone to agree to terms
It is important for your business to create processes that work for you and your clients.
In this video, I talk about the three main types of business contracts to have in your business:
1. Client Contracts
2. Hiring Contracts
3. Rental Contracts
If you have any questions about this topic, you can reach me at [email protected]
If you incorporate your business in Canada, you have a choice between incorporating federally or provincially.
Below is a listing of each of the corporate laws across Canada, along with a link to the government agency who administers the corporate law in that jurisdiction.
- Federal - Canada Business Corporations Act (Canada) - Corporations Canada
- Newfoundland & Labrador - Corporations Act (NL) - Service NL
- Nova Scotia - Companies Act (NS) - Registry of Joint Stock Companies
- Prince Edward Island - Business Corporations Act (PEI) - Corporate and Business Names Registry
- New Brunswick - Business Corporations Act (NB) - Service NB
- Quebec - Business Corporations Act (Quebec) - Quebec Registry
- Ontario - Business Corporations Act (ON) - Service Ontario
- Manitoba - The Corporations Act (MB) - Companies Office Manitoba
- Saskatchewan - The Business Corporations Act (SK) - Corporate Registry
- Alberta - Business Corporations Act (Alberta) - Corporate Registry
This week’s video blog is on the topic of copyright and how to protect your business creations.
Click on the video link here to view.
You can find the website for the federal agency CIPO (Canadian Intellectual Property Office) referred to in the blog can be found here.
Happy New Year to each of you! Thank you for signing up, reading, watching and commenting in 2017.
As we tend to do, I have made some personal and business resolutions for 2018. My personal resolutions include eating less chips and swimming more.
For the first blog of January, I have picked the theme of Legal Resolutions for 2018. Have you thought about making resolutions for your business relating to legal issues?
You can watch my Legal Lunch video on this topic here –
The above video has 8 topics for your consideration in making your legal resolutions for 2018: