When hearing about copyright infringement claims, it is only natural for individuals here in California to think of companies and celebrities facing these issues right along with many others across the country. In reality, anyone can become the target of such a claim. Simply using the internet creates that risk.
The internet now provides a steady income for many people in California and across the country. Just a decade or so ago, no one would have thought that people could make hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars a year posting videos on YouTube. Now, there seem to be others out there who are trying to get popular channels shut down by claiming the owners commit copyright infringement.
For many California residents, the internet is an essential part of their everyday lives. A computer and online access can be necessary to conduct business and do a person's job and can also facilitate many aspects of one's personal life such as travel, hobbies and interpersonal connections and relationships. The ubiquity of the internet cannot be denied any longer yet that also means that the concerns about personal privacy online only continue to grow.
Californian entrepreneurs and business owners like you have a much wider audience now than anyone who came before. The age of the internet has brought on a lot of great and innovative changes. However, as we at Peterson Watts Law Group will discuss, it has also brought about a lot of new risks and potential issues.
According to Webroot, a phishing attack involves sending a seemingly legitimate email that directs the recipient to visit a fraudulent link for the purpose of stealing information. This can include things like credit card numbers, banking information, and account passwords, and many companies and their employees are subject to surprisingly effective phishing scams to collect sensitive data. Being able to identify a phishing email is the first step towards protecting your business from cybercrime.
If you’re a small business owner in California, chances are you use social media to interact with consumers and provide information. Some consumers may take this opportunity to complain about some aspect of your business, and it’s essential that you respond correctly to mitigate damage. In this case, Marketing Land offers the following advice.
Any business based in California that has an online presence knows there are specific laws and rules that must be followed surrounding user privacy. Some of these rules are specific to ecommerce sites, some are specific to online advertising, and some are more general. While it is important to protect consumer privacy, it is also interesting to see some of the potential ramifications of expanding online privacy laws.
The legal battle over net neutrality is something that most people in California have been well aware of during the past year. The state of California along with many businesses headquartered in California have voiced strong opposition to the federal government's action to disband net neutrality. Exactly what will happen to net neutrality in California or throughout the country remains to be seen. In the meantime, however, the Federal Communications Commission has made a dramatic change in how text messages are classified.
It seems there are often reports about social media accounts being hacked. When hackers gain access to your social media account, they are able to get a wealth of information about you and everyone you connect to through the platform. Since hackers can be located anywhere, not just in California, it is difficult to track them down and stop them. Your best defense is to prevent hackers from ever gaining access to your account.
California business owners like you have a vested interest in protecting your intellectual property, and for good reason. However, it can be difficult to do that when the internet seems like it runs on its own set of laws and logic. Millstone, Peterson & Watts, LLP, are here to help you guard your ideas from being stolen or abused online.