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Internet privacy laws in California

The internet has been tricky for lawmakers because of its inherent nature. It is difficult to police something so large and versatile. The technological aspects only make this more difficult. However, the federal government and some local governments have worked to put laws in place to protect U.S. internet users, including those in California.

What is the difference between patents and trade secrets?

Protecting your intellectual property in California probably weighs heavily on your mind. Keeping others from using your inventions, ideas, written works, brand images and other proprietary information is made easier through protections offered by the federal government. Two of those protections are patents and trade secrets.

Are copyright infringement and plagiarism the same thing?

If you are a writer in California, then you may have heard of both copyright and plagiarism. While these two things may seem very similar, they are not, in fact, the same thing. According to Plagiarism Today, plagiarism is a violation of ethics whereas copyright infringement is breaking the law. The distinction between ethics and the law is a huge one. Breaking ethics simply ruins your credibility and reputation, but breaking the law can carry stiff penalties.

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