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Dear Rich: Contracts and Quarrels

Dear Rich: Contracts and Quarrels

    Dear Rich: At what point is a contract made? Can you get out of a contract if everybody didn’t agree on something or if there high pressure tactics to do the deal. My company was negotiating with a web design company for two different web sites. While I was on vacation, my counterpart sent an e-mail, asking the website company “to proceed with construction,” without having the proper approval, because the company was putting unreasonable pressure on her…

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40 Years of Copyright Law Changes

40 Years of Copyright Law Changes

Ah, 1971, the good old days when nobody, except for a small group of attorneys and judges, even knew that “intellectual property”(IP) referred to copyrights, patents and trademarks. More importantly, back in 1971, consumers had no means of infringing intellectual property unless they owned a record pressing plant, a printing press, a film processing machine, or some other manufacturing device. Flash forward to 2011 and anyone with a smart phone can copy Nolo books, podcasts and Nolo videos. Intellectual property…

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