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August 2016 Archives

The detection, prosecution and prevention of internet crimes

For years, deceptive people in California and throughout the nation have been able to gain access to peoples’ private information through the internet. These cybercriminals steal personal financial information, medical data and other crucial details simply by hacking into a software system or performing some other act of internet fraud. In an attempt to stop this criminal activity from happening, the United States government created the Internet Crime Complaint Center, or IC3. Not only does this agency help to detect and intercept internet crimes, but it focuses on prosecuting and preventing internet misconduct.

Understanding California’s Uniform Trade Secrets Act

From small business owners to people who are responsible for running larger corporations, companies are protected under California’s Uniform Trade Secrets Act. This law prohibits people and/or businesses from obtaining a company’s trade secrets and using them in an improper manner. At Millstone, Peterson & Watts, LLP, we understand the importance of trade secrets to a company’s ultimate success and how damaging it can be to a business if this information is released into the wrong hands.

The debate over who should enforce copyright laws on the internet

When people in Sacramento create a piece of art, music or written work, one of the most effective measures they can take to protect it is to obtain a copyright.  The U.S. Copyright Office states that once the item is copyrighted, it is illegal for anyone to use that material without the express permission of the owner of the copyright. If people or companies violate that law, the owner can pursue them for appropriate compensation.

Intellectual property 101: What is it and what does it do?

When you hear the term intellectual property, you may think of various patents and copyrights used by both small companies and large corporations in California. However, the term intellectual property encompasses a number of ideas that are ultimately protected under certain laws. According to the World Intellectual Property Organization, any idea or creation that comes from a person’s mind can be considered intellectual property. This includes trademarks, designs, symbols, inventions, art, literary works and even names and images.

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