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10 ways to become a cyber-criminal

The great thing about cyber-crimes is that they're so easy to commit. With a computer and an internet connection, you can commit all manner of crimes from the privacy of your bedroom. You don't need shot-guns, bolt-cutters, getaway cars or gangs of desperados. If you follow the instructions in this post, you can be a master cyber-criminal in no time at all.

Copyright – how long does it last?

The law of copyright protects creative output. It is a property right which prevents copying and arises automatically even ‘before the ink is dry on the paper’. In an age of unlimited electronic access to information and imagery of every kind, the danger of infringing someone’s copyright is ever-present. However, the law on copyright only protects material for a limited amount of time. The question is: how long?

How to register a UK trade mark without a lawyer

It is sometimes thought that a solicitor or trade mark attorney must be instructed to register a trade mark. While this is a misconception, anyone thinking of applying to register a mark without a lawyer would do well to study the legal and procedural issues, as there are plenty of pitfalls for the unwary.

Should I instruct a lawyer, or use a template?

I'm often asked whether a lawyer is needed for a particular contract job, or whether a template document would be adequate. It can be a frustratingly difficult question to answer. In seeking out legal services, small businesses usually want reassurance that they are "covered" for legal risks, but aren't necessarily interested in learning about the exact nature of those risks. However, all business involves risk, and no contract is perfect.

Marketplace websites and UK regulations

I've just finished working on a new template terms and conditions of use document for marketplace-type websites. This process has not been as straightforward as it should have been. Both the Ecommerce Regulations and the Distance Selling Regulations are poor fit for this kind of website, because of the range of different contractual relationships that this kind of website can give rise to.

Legal notice generators

We have just published two new legal notice generators: a privacy policy generator and a website disclaimer generator. These generators will be available for free on our website for a limited period (to be determined). The legal notice generators should make creating new legal documents for a simple website even easier.

What legal documents do I need for my new website?

Website legal documents are like vitamins: you know they're good for you, but you probably don't know exactly what they do. With a bit of research you could find out what they do - but, let's face it, even lawyers can find legal research a little boring.

Choosing a solicitor

How should you go about choosing a commercial solicitor? At a minimum, you should be looking for someone who is expert in the relevant area of law, works efficiently, avoids errors, is able to communicate effectively with everyone else involved in the matter and produces documents and performs other work promptly and in accordance with any agreed or imposed timetable.