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Sharing your photos online can be problematic—especially if you are hoping to retain your rights to credit and royalties. Photographer Daniel Morel learned this the hard way when his dramatic photos of the Haitian earthquake went viral—credited to someone else. more...

- - Intellectual Property Basics

If you’ve ever gone fishing, you have some insight into the cyber crime of phishing. Rather than you tossing out your line to hook your catch, you are the prey targeted by fraudsters. Find out more about how to recognize when you’ve been phished or scammed and what you can do about it. Anyone using the Internet (yes, that’s you) should read on to be prepared. more...

- - Technology

Despite tax evasion being a serious crime that can bring steep penalties and even jail time, there are still those who try to avoid paying their taxes. As we finish up our own taxes this tax season, here are 10 high-profile tax evasion cases that are a reminder of what can happen when you don’t pay your taxes—even to the rich and famous. more...

- - Celebrity Lawsuits

When someone famous suffers an untimely death, how they managed their personal affairs comes to light. For these ten celebrities, the effects of their lack of planning had far-reaching consequences. For one, Jimi Hendrix, the legal battle over his estate has lasted for 30 years. Read more about this and other real-world examples of what not to do as you plan your own estate. more...

- - Celebrity Lawsuits

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Ever dreamed of having an exotic pet like a Siberian tiger or a Burmese python? They may seem cute and cuddly when they’re young, but they grow into full-sized wild animals, sometimes with tragic results. Check out a few recent cases of killer pets. more...

- - Trends

Force fields are no protection against copyright and trademark lawsuits. Many of our best-loved superheroes (and the millions of dollars they rake in) have been the subjects of intellectual property disputes. It takes authors, comic book publishers, and movie studios to build iconic superhero franchises, but who gets the credit—and the cash—for bringing our heroes to life? more...

- - Intellectual Property Basics

Laws have cracked down on corporate-owned life insurance (COLI) policies in recent years, but that doesn’t mean companies are no longer profiting from the deaths of employees. A recent report found one-fifth of all life insurance sold is COLI policies. Is your boss trying to collect on your death? And is it legal? more...

- - Corporate Lawsuits

What do Jersey Shore’s The Situation, OctoMom, and 50 Cent have in common? Famous names. And big names make big money—literally. Fights over trademarked names and phrases can result big pay days and bitter disputes between celebs. more...

- - Trademarks

No doubt, you’re aware the 2010 US Census is underway. You’ve probably even filled out some forms or answered some questions to do your part. So what’s the point? What is the US Census doing for you? Find out why you should care how many people in Alabama ride bikes to work. more...

- - Running Your Business

Louis Vuitton and Burberry have both filed trademark infringement cases recently, claiming their brands are being diluted by other companies. What can you learn from these luxury brands about protecting your trademark? more...

- - Trademarks