One of my close relative contacted me asking if I can do a 'Shore Interface'(used on ships for management) project for him in .net after that he started talking about registering a company under us, saying "if required we can hire someone for coding". Which makes me feel he only contacted me so he can register company with my help. My concerns are, previously he did same project with his colleagues which never worked for them. These guys had big salaries, 2-3 times of well paid people. Initially they had contacted me to work on it but later they hired …

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Advert blocking software is thought to be used by something in the region of just five per cent of online users, or 150 million people of you prefer. It is, however, on the up; research conducted by Adobe and anti-adblocking campaigners PageFair suggests that ad blocking use rose by 70 per cent last year. Of the various options out there, Adblock Plus is one of the best known and most used. Which is why the company behind it, Eyeo GmbH, recently found itself on the sharp end of a court case in Germany seeking an injunction to prevent it from …

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Hi! I have created my wordpress blog named c-ation[Click Here](http://www.c-ation.com) (I'm not advertising the my blog but, just telling you about it). It's new and has not yet much content. I was thinking of using Google Adsense on it. I have a category of "*Website Reviews*" inside the "*Reviews*" menu. I was thinking of posting some posts on Websites as if I was reviewing them for my users. So, when I'll post a review of any website; should I take permission from that very website to post its review on my website or is it not legal to post reviews …

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I want to create a website to sell software over the internet. I know i can use paypal to receive payments. I've been looking at the paypal documentation and i can't find the answer to my question. I don't have a company, i'm a freelancer doing my own work for one day, with luck open my own company. Is there any way, using paypal, or some other system to generate an invoice to a client buying a product in my website? What can / should i do in order to be legal? My thanks in advanced

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I want to create a website to sell software over the internet. I know i can use paypal to receive payments. I've been looking at the paypal documentation and i can't find the answer to my question. I don't have a company, i'm a freelancer doing my own work for one day, with luck open my own company. Is there any way, using paypal, or some other system to generate an invoice to a client buying a product in my website? What can / should i do in order to be legal? My thanks in advanced

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Hi everyone, My friends and I are looking at getting a domain and hosting (at least vps or cloud, minimum). I would like to know everything I need to know before even handing our money over. I really don't want to break any laws in any countries, I want us to be legally protect and ensure no one else can take derivatives of our name. We wish to get a registered trademark soon, to assist stopping people from using our name and brand. I want us to have a scalable hosting solution, a few years down track we will run …

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I am making a guide and was thinking of instead of using the full links to the programs that I just use adf.ly. Can I do this? They are not my programs or my website but I want to shorten the url, but is this legal? Because I would be making money on the links to the open source programs. Thanks!

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[URL="http://apple.com"]Apple's[/URL] suing a number of manufacturers of Apple accessories, saying of their products, "many are of inferior quality and reliability, raising significant concerns over compatibility with and damage to Apple’s products." Apple says the manufacturers are infringing multiple patents and violating the Apple trademark.[ATTACH]16426[/ATTACH]The suit involves companies [URL="http://www.accstation.com/"]Accstation[/URL], [URL="http://www.boxwave.com/?gclid=CPfI8KGOo6MCFQMmawodbyY95Q"]Boxwave Corporation[/URL], [URL="http://crazyondigital.com/"]Crazyondigital[/URL], [URL="http://www.eforcity.com/apple-iphone-accessories.html"]EforCity Corporation[/URL], [URL="http://www.everydaysource.com/"]Everydaysource[/URL], [URL="http://www.itrimming.com/"]Itrimming[/URL], and [URL="http://www.unitedintegral.com/"]United Integral[/URL], but it's possible that it may expand to include as many twenty additional companies. All of the companies are US-based. Apple's royalty from licensed accessories in its [URL="http://developer.apple.com/programs/mfi/"]Made for iPod[/URL] program ranges around 20-25 percent. Developers in the program have access to …

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A lawsuit filed against Facebook in 2008 has had its day in court -- and lost. [ATTACH=RIGHT]16247[/ATTACH]Ohio-based [URL="http://www.leader.com/"]Leader Technologies[/URL] filed suit against Facebook, charging that it had infringed on their 2006 patent for "a method and system for the management and storage of electronic information” developed by the company's founder, Michael McKibben and Jeffrey R. Lamb. It took six days to hear the trial in a Delaware court, but in the end the eight-member jury ruled in Facebook's favor, finding that although patent infringement had taken place, the original patent was invalid. The patent abstract describes the tool as: [QUOTE]A …

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The Washington State Supreme Court [URL="http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2010/may/06/libraries-can-filter-porn-washington-high-court-sa/"]ruled [/URL]earlier this month on a 6-3 decision that libraries had the right not only to use Internet blocking software, but to refuse to lift the block for a particular site even when an adult requested it. The case was significant because it's thought that Washington's freedom of speech act is even broader than that of the First Amendment. The suit was brought against the North Central Regional Library District, which covers Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Grant and Okanogan counties with 28 branch libraries, some of which double as school libraries, according to the legal [URL="http://www.courts.wa.gov/opinions/index.cfm?fa=opinions.showOpinion&filename=822000MAJ"]opinion[/URL]. …

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See SCO keep going. Stop SCO Stop. Seriously Stop SCO Stop. In a seriously OMG moment yesterday, [URL="http://www.sco.com"]SCO[/URL] lost another battle in its UNIX ownership claims. The Utah jury decided that [URL="http://www.novell.com"]Novell[/URL], in fact, did not transfer the UNIX copyrights to SCO when they sold UNIXWare to them years before. But they're not done yet. Oh, not by a long shot. Just when, three lawsuit defeats ago, we thought we were done with SCO; they're back. Again. My first question is, "Just how long can they keep doing this?" The second question is, "How much money do they have?" Lawsuits …

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Now that [URL="http://www.microsoft.com"]Microsoft[/URL]'s big operating systems, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008, are on store shelves, is it time again for them to pick up the legal sledgehammer and go after Linux? I think the evidence for it is mounting. Microsoft has signed a deal with [URL="http://www.novell.com"]Novell[/URL], penned an agreement with [URL="http://www.redhat.com"]Red Hat[/URL], sued and won against [URL="http://www.tomtom.com"]TomTom[/URL], signed a secret deal with [URL="http://www.amazon.com"]Amazon[/URL], has lost costly suits against [URL="http://www.uniloc.com"]Uniloc[/URL] and [URL="http://www.virnetx.com"]VirnetX[/URL] and lost an appeal in its case against [URL="http://www.i4i.com"]i4i[/URL]. But this time, they're going to go for the jugular with a broad and sweeping patent infringement suite against …

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You might be forgiven for thinking that Activision would be more than just a little pleased with game developers Infinity Ward which is responsible for the Call of Duty franchise, and which Activision acquired back in 2003. Forgiven, but wrong. Modern Warfare 2 is more than a game, it's [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story252883.html"]the most successful and profitable video game ever[/URL] sold. Since hitting the shelves in November 2009, Modern Warfare 2 has sold more than 15 million copies and earned owners an amazing $3 billion is sales. yes, you read that right, $3 billion! It makes that [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story263971.html"]$41,000 NES game[/URL] look positively cheap. …

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Legislators around the country are scrambling to look at their states' laws about lewd messages to minors after the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court overturned a conviction, saying state law didn't support it because it didn't specify online messaging. “The online conversations in this case, as they were not written with pen or pencil, cannot be considered `handwritten’ materials,’’ Justice Francis X. Spina wrote on behalf of the Supreme Judicial Court, in a unanimous decision. “If the Legislature wishes to include instant messaging or other electronically transmitted text in the definition, it is for the Legislature, not the court, to do …

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Online legal experts are salivating over cookies. Specifically, they are leaping to comment on the legal precedents involved over a lawsuit by Dr. Sanford Siegal, creator of the "[URL="http://www.cookiediet.com/"]Cookie Diet[/URL]," and his company, Dr. Siegal's Direct Nutritionals, LLC, against celebrity, model, socialite, and actress [URL="http://kimkardashian.celebuzz.com/"]Kim Kardashian[/URL] over what they allege is libelous material in a Tweet. “According to the complaint, Dr. Siegal's company sent diet samples to Kardashian's publicist last Spring after the company's CEO read an article claiming Kardashian, and other celebrities, had lost weight using the cookie diet,” noted David Obrien on the [URL="http://www.citmedialaw.org/blog/2010/kim-kardashian-finds-herself-low-calorie-twitter-mess"]Citizen Media Law Project[/URL], which …

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[url]http://mashable.com/2009/10/10/facebook-poke-arrest/[/url] In a society that has become as litigious as ours, this was inevitable. If you read the link above you will find out that a woman has been charged with violating an order of protection for poking someone on Facebook. If found guilty, the woman could get a month in jail and a $2,500 fine. Based on the court order the logic behind the charge is solid but this is sad from the point of a view that we have become so sensitive that we will sue for anything at the drop of a hat. While I am on …

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A judge has said a lawsuit can be delivered via [URL="http://twitter.com"]Twitter[/URL]. It's an interesting case, an odd idea and a pity there are going to be so many logistical obstacles. The scenario is simple. Someone is posing as a (real) right-wing blogger - they've effectively 'borrowed' his name for a Twitter account and are putting notes up that the actual blogger finds objectionable. In British law, and I have no doubt other territories will have their equivalents, there is a thing called 'passing off', which means I can't pass myself off as someone else, they can't pass themselves off as …

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It's been known for a while that current and potential future [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry2555.html"]employers[/URL] look at people's profiles on social networking sites such as Facebook. And it's also been known that people are using social networking sites to announce the status of their relationship -- or [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3874.html"]lack of one[/URL]. Now the two uses are getting together, with divorce attorneys mining social networking sites for evidence supporting their clients. "Lawyers, however, love these sites, which can be evidentiary gold mines," said a [URL="http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1904147,00.html"]recent article[/URL] in Time. "Did your husband's new girlfriend Twitter about getting a piece of jewelry? The court might regard that …

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A company has been awarded a patent for providing episodic media downloads, which essentially gives it a patent on all forms of podcasting. The company, VoloMedia, calls itself the "leading provider of advertising and reporting solutions for portable media, extending the reach of video and audio from the PC to devices such as smartphones (e.g., iPhone, Android, BlackBerry), media players (e.g., iPod, Touch) and set-top boxes (e.g., Apple TV, Vudu) whether connected or offline." The patent was filed in 2003. In a [URL="http://www.volomedia.com/blog/"]blog entry[/URL], company founder Murgesh Navar said it had filed a dozen patents since 2003 and this is …

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Strange but true, usually the best of enemies it would seem that [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4331.html"]Microsoft[/URL] and the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4219.html"]Linux Foundation[/URL] are in full agreement over something for a change. What is more, they are working together in order to find a solution as well. According to Horacio Gutierrez, the Microsoft Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, the two are ganging up to voice concern regarding the 'Principles of the Law of Software Contracts' that has been drafted by the American Law Institute. Microsoft and the Linux Foundation have sent a joint [URL="http://microsoftontheissues.com/cs/files/folders/5090/download.aspx"]letter[/URL] to the ALI which asks for more time for interested …

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The embattled WiMAX communications standard is taking another hit as WiMAX vendor Clearwire Communications is the recipient of a class-action lawsuit by users contending that its service is [URL="http://clearwiresucks.com/blog/"]slow and unreliable.[/URL] While the lawsuit is not about Clearwire's WiMAX service specifically, [URL="http://newsroom.clearwire.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=214419&p=irol-overview"]Clearwire[/URL] is the main company providing WiMAX services in the U.S., after taking over Sprint Network's XOHM service in the fall of 2008. Currently Clearwire offers WiMAX in two cities, Baltimore and Portland. Damage to the company from the lawsuit, even though it is about a service Clearwire refers to as "pre-WiMAX," could affect the company's ability to support …

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Taser International, which makes electric stun guns, is [URL="http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=aR6xHcnBMn9M&refer=us"]suing[/URL] Linden Research Inc., the owner of the [URL="http://secondlife.com/"]Second Life[/URL] virtual environment, for selling unauthorized virtual versions of its product. The trademark infringement case claims that the online sales of virtual products are damaging the company’s reputation and hurting its sales. Second Life is “selling virtual weaponry in a fully fledged copy of plaintiff’s real ones for use in the Second Life computer simulation," the lawsuit said, adding that this is particularly harmful because the online stores also sell adult-only explicit images and drugs. The complaint also names Linden founder and Chairman …

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The non-technical world is starting to understand the concept of Twitter -- which means that they're starting to try to control it. Courtrooms have [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4148.html"]already begun dealing[/URL] with jurors Googling, Facebooking, and Twittering their way through the case. Now, some courtrooms are starting to set regulations ahead of time. The [URL="http://www.ktvb.com/news/localnews/stories/ktvbn-mar2809-twitter.7e70b2a2.html"]Associated Press[/URL] is reporting that the Idaho Supreme Court's criminal jury instruction committee is discussing guidelines that would prevent jurors from using electronic devices to post their thoughts or do research on cases that are in progress. While nothing has yet been approved, if instructions for jurors are approved, they …

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Unless you were unplugged and on living on a Himalayan mountaintop last week, you no doubt heard about the Great Facebook Flap of 2009. If not, then be sure to read [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4008.html"]Ron Miller's excellent recap[/URL] at TechTreasures. ComputerWorld's Frank Hayes posted a great article this morning that takes a look at how the [URL="http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=334476"]"Facebook fiasco shows how much is out of IT's hands[/URL]." Hayes says last week's issues with Facebook speak to a increasing problem facing IT departments these days -- there's no longer a simple linear relationship between computers users and IT professionals. Now there business partners, vendors, suppliers, …

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Yesterday I blogged about a blogger who didn't seem to realise he'd become a de facto publisher by putting his stuff on the Internet. He'd taken someone to court over a comment they'd made on his blog and - understandably - the judge considered that if he hadn't felt strongly enough to remove the comment from his own blog then it wasn't a court matter. Today I want to redress the balance a bit and talk about a blogger who has certainly found his 'responsibilities' catching up with him. Michael Arlington of Techcrunch - I know it's not usual to …

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I've been watching the blogosphere or whatever we're calling it with interest for a fair while now. Not because I think it's going to take over from 'proper' journalists like me; I have 20 years' experience and although this can of course be duplicated, it kind of takes 20 years. One of the things about being experienced and trained is that you don't make silly mistakes like the [URL="http://www.out-law.com/default.aspx?page=9741"]guy who's just tried to sue the Tolkien family[/URL]. He's made allegations I'm not going to repeat because I know nothing of the truth of them; the thing is, one of the …

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Facebook can claim many things, from [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3523.html"]defeating the Nazis[/URL] to [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/20914/53/"]recruiting spies[/URL] and even helping to [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/20618/53/"]elect Barack Obama[/URL]. Now it can add serving legal papers to the list. These days, it would appear, the legal process is catching up with the technological reality of the world we live in. Being served with legal papers has already, in some parts of the world, become less about throwing a document at someone and more to do with clicking a mouse button and sending an email. Nowhere is this change more obvious than Australia where the courts have even given permission to …

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Is the time that it takes to boot up and power down a computer at the beginning and the end of the day work? [URL="http://www.law.com/jsp/nlj/PubArticleNLJ.jsp?id=1202426038668"]A number of lawyers[/URL] are trying to settle that question. On the one hand, users start rebooting the computer and then spend up to 15-20 minutes chatting, getting coffee, and so on during the process, which adds up to a lot of unproductive time for the employer, contends one side. On the other hand, the bootup process -- which may be required due to security or power concerns, and can include a variety of programs required …

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It’s a new day for open source developers. A U.S. Federal appeals court yesterday ruled that someone releasing code under an open source license can control future use of that code using copyright law. That’s important because copyright laws carry stronger remedies—including court injunction—along with the monetary remedies available for breach of contract. The [15-page ruling](http://www.cafc.uscourts.gov/opinions/08-1001.pdf) in *Jacobsen v. Katzer* favored Robert Jacobsen, a model train hobbyist who gave away his [Java Model Railroad Interface (JMRI)](http://jmri.sourceforge.net/) software under the [Artistic License](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artistic_License) for free software. “Through the collective work of many participants,” according to the ruling, “JMRI created a computer programming …

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Erik Anderson and Rob Landley are at it again. The guys who brought us the [URL=http://busybox.net/]BusyBox[/URL] toolset for resource-constrained Linux and Unix systems, together with the Software Freedom Law Center, have filed yet another GPL enforcement lawsuit for copyright infringement. This time it’s against [URL=http://www.extremenetworks.com/index.aspx]Extreme Networks Inc.[/URL], a maker of high-performance network switches and other connectivity and communications gear. Without even reading [URL=http://www.softwarefreedom.org/news/2008/jul/21/busybox/extreme-networks.pdf]the complaint[/URL], I would put my money on the FSLC; the previous four such cases resulted in out-of-court settlements in favor of the plaintiffs. In those cases, defendents were ordered to distribute source code in compliance with the …

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