Entries by Matt Chambers

How the CCPA, CalOPPA, and GDPR impact North Carolina businesses: California and EU information privacy laws

Whether you call it information privacy, data security, or more generally understand the topic from a privacy policy posted on a website, businesses have amassed a considerable amount of private data on their consumers, customers, website visitors, and employees. In the wrong hands, that information could lead to identify theft, blackmail, discrimination, lawsuits, and a […]

“Gray area” IP: Trademarks for marijuana, hemp, CBD, and cannabis

States have rolled back laws restricting marijuana use, with many jurisdictions now allowing recreational cannabis usage. North Carolina is not among those states and has more recently pushed back on popular CBD foods and stores. According to the Charlotte Observer, Charlotte businesses sell CBD, less commonly known as cannabidiol, in oils, smoothies, burgers, smoothies, cocktails, […]

Fighting YouTube copyright claims from trolls and scammers

Google has some of the world’s most advanced technology, ranging from advanced search algorithms, satellite imaging, to artificial intelligence. Which is why it’s surprising to see their video service, YouTube, so susceptible to copyright trolls and scammers. Even if you have written authorization to use background music, video clips, or sound clips, there is a […]

Cybersecurity and Privacy Primer for Businesses and Startups

Cybersecurity may sound like an IT issue but businesses are finding out this is a major issue for top management. Large corporations, small businesses, and even startups maintain a range of sensitive data, ranging from personally identifiable information to confidential financial and client information. Computers produce a lot of information on clients. Look at Yahoo’s […]

Lessons learned from The Office about protecting your company from former employees

There are few guarantees when running your own business. However, as soon as you hire your first employee, you are guaranteed to eventually lose them. You hope that former employee leaves on good terms but that’s not always realistic. Even if you ensured the employee was happy and well paid, they may decide to use […]

Copyright infringement demand letter: what to do when threatened for using a copyrighted image or video

The Internet allows startups and small businesses to have a 24/7 storefront. The site can be found by new customers easily accessible and located through social media and search engines. Instead of spending 9-5 at a brick and mortar location, founders can work flexible hours, rent a virtual office, setup at a coworking workspace, or […]

Startup strategies: Why every small business must protect their trade secrets

Startups and small businesses must constantly push to outdo their competition, or they can quickly become former competition. Trade secrets can be the key to prevent business extinction. What happens if the competition steals your ideas, plans, and products? Trademarks, copyrights, and patents can protect big parts of a small business, but how do you […]

5 mistakes small business make on their terms of service and privacy policy

Starting a business takes an extreme amount of work. There’s countless hours spent on developing your product, graphics, websites, business cards, apps, partnerships, and operating agreements, and this is usually before the company earns its first dollar. Somewhere in that tornado of activity is the website’s terms of service and privacy policy. Usually a quick […]