Digital law

Creative Commons made easy

Whether it’s music, photos, or graphics: an engaging website is full of visual elements and multimedia content. But not every website operator has the means to fill their site with their own professional images or music. A good alternative here are works published under a Creative Commons license – they’re free to use and some can even be used commercially. [...]  

EU cookie laws and how they affect your business

Online cookies used to track behavior online are commonplace in the modern internet world, serving many functions, from storing login information to telling websites which pages you visit. In 2011, EU member states implemented their respective cookie policies, dictated by amendments made in 2009 to the EU directive for privacy and data protection online. But what do these rules mean for UK businesses? And do they affect US website operators? [...]  

Impressums for Facebook pages

When operating a business from an English-speaking country, it’s easy to overlook the finer details of legal requirements overseas. However, if your business also has a base in Germany, Austria, or Switzerland, you will more than likely be required to provide an impressum on your online presences. Failure to do so could lead to disciplinary action, which could have serious consequences for the future of your company. But don’t panic! Creating a legally valid impressum could be easier than you think, especially with the help of the new impressum section for Facebook pages, which enables users to add the required information quickly and easily. [...]  

The most important facts on image copyright online

Just because a photograph or artwork is available to view on the internet, doesn’t mean that you can use it for your own purposes. The creator’s consent and payment for royalties are often required. The rules don’t solely apply to sharing images that don’t belong to you; even if you use your own, you have to stick to certain guidelines. [...]  

The main points on trademark law and brand protection

It makes sense for companies to protect their brand as early on as possible. This is how they safeguard themselves and their legal department from any troubles, and stop their competition from profiting from their good image and reputation. It’s also worthwhile for young online companies to do the same because the brand name doesn’t just carry prestige, but also security and money. Read on to learn the basics behind trademark law. [...]  

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