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Important Differences Between Trademark and Copyright Protection in Canada

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,...

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Do you use Affiliates to help you promote your online products?

 

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.


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Why You Should Put Copyright Notices on Your Content

 

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

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Get it in Writing Series - Three Ways to Get a Contract Signed Digitally

 

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.

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Get it in Writing Series - Three Main Types of Contracts

 

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]

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Can Emails Back and Forth Form a Contract?

 

In this second part of the "Get it Writing 2020" series, you will learn whether emails back and forth can form a legal contract.  You will also learn things to look out for using e-mails to form agreements.

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Get It in Writing Series - Part 1 - Why Writing?

 

This video discussed the "why" of getting your legal agreements in writing and gives you three reasons why writing is better than a hand shake.

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Incorporating Across Canada

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

- British...

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Protecting Your Creations with Copyright

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.

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Less Chips, More Swimming and Other Resolutions for a Healthy 2018

Uncategorized Jan 04, 2018

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:

  1.  Website – Is your business website compliant with all legal requirements? If you have not received my freebie “5 Legal Bits to Have on Your Website”, you can download it here.
  2. Tax – Do you have any weird letter from CRA to be dealt with?  Have you talked to your accountant about the 2018 tax changes?
  3. Estate Planning – Do you need to make any updates to...
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