Starting an internet business in California is relatively straightforward so long as you take the time to develop a plan and follow it. Let’s take a look at some general steps and issues you need to consider. [Read more…] about Starting An Internet Business In California
The Anthem Blue Cross data breach has puts millions of people who have health insurance with the company at risk. It appears the hack is sufficiently pervasive for hackers to gain access to nearly all customer information maintained by the health insurer including the holy grail of identity theft – social security numbers. If you are or have been insured by Anthem Blue Cross, following is a plan of attack for limiting the damage of the hack. [Read more…] about Anthem Blue Cross Data Breach – Millions Exposed
Should you copyright your software before releasing it to the public or using it? Whether you are a large or small developer, you need to worry about your software being ripped off. One way to fight back is to copyright your code. Do so and you are sitting in the catbird seat from a legal perspective.
Why copyright your software? To start, it is inexpensive. If you can figure it out on your own [which you can], the fee is as low as $35. Are you really such a tightwad that you won’t spend $35 to protect yourself? Even if you use an attorney, the cost is going to be in the hundreds of dollars at most in most cases. This cost is a small amount to pay for the massive benefits you gain under the Copyright Act. [Read more…] about Should You Copyright Your Software?
The federal government’s failure to pass any useful internet laws in the last 15 years is inexcusable. Predictably, states are rushing to fill the void with California leading the way. The California Automatic Renewal Law represents a perfect example of this trend and the madness that can result.
Who Will Save The Children?
The California Legislature did not restrict the California Automatic Renewal Law to children, but the same mentality gives rise to it – someone must protect innocent consumers from evil online businesses. While I am all for putting an end to shady online practitioners who double bill credit cards and such, creating questions about the legality of automatic renewals is going a bit too far. [Read more…] about California Automatic Renewal Law – Recurring Billing Requirements
Clients changing their mind in the middle of a project is a common occurrence in the web design field. It is essential to protect yourself legally when this occurs. If you fail to do so, you risk not getting paid for the extra work you put into the project. To prevent this painful scenario, every web designer needs to have a procedure in place for documenting changes requested by clients in writing.
Client Changes Mind
A potential client contacts you about developing a social media site. The two of you meet multiple times and work out the specifications for the project. The client accepts your cost estimate and signs your contract. [Read more…] about Web Designers – Protect Yourself When Clients Changing Their Minds