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What is 'fair use' of copyrighted material?

Sometimes it's okay to use someone else's copyrighted material for your own purposes. "Fair use" is the unlicensed use or copying of someone else's original work without their permission. As long as your use of the material can be considered fair use, it isn't a violation of copyright law -- nor subject to penalties for infringement.

What does that mean, exactly?

Adding to your small business team

It may have seemed like a dream that was a lot farther away when you were starting your business, but it has become clear that it’s time to expand. The profits seem stable enough to bring another person on board, and there is more work than you can comfortably accomplish alone.

Bringing on a new employee is something that can make your life easier, but also comes with a significant amount of stress. There is a certain sense of nervousness when someone new will be relying on a business that, not so long ago, was just an idea in your head.

Tenant rights and service animals: What you should know

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), tenants with disabilities have a right to have a service animal -- even if animals aren't normally permitted in the lease.

However, tenants need to understand the limitations on the law and exactly what rights they do -- and don't -- have.

Arizona couple loses $12 million lawsuit to Nintendo

Don't start a business that makes money off of another company's intellectual property rights -- even if the property is old and you don't think the company is going to do anything with it.

That may be the primary lesson behind a lawsuit between gaming giant Nintendo and an Arizona couple who hosted pirated read-only versions of the company's old games and provided users with the emulator tools to play their favorites from decades ago. Many of the games, including favorites like Mario Kart 65 and Pokemon Yellow, are no longer accessible through ordinary means.

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When a business that owes you money goes bankrupt

What happens when a company that your enterprise does business with files for bankruptcy protection?

Unfortunately, this is a common problem that almost all business owners face at some time or another if they have any business-to-business dealings. Changes in the market, managerial mistakes and even something that causes a company bad press can throw a once-thriving company into financial chaos. That's why it's important to know how to handle the situation.

Featured in 2018 Women in Law in Attorney at Law Magazine

AAL-CONGRATS-PROMO.jpgCongratulate Kindra Deneau on her featured article in last months 2018 Women in Law in Attorney at Law Magazine. We are all proud to be apart of her journey and can't wait to keep seeing her successes grow with the future to come. To all your dedication and hard work, Cheers!!

Real estate marketing and the Fair Housing Act

As a realtor, the last thing that you want to do end up being accused of discrimination.

Facebook allegedly enabled discriminatory practices by allowing realtors to exclude certain ethnic audiences from their target market when they sent out their ads. In the wake of that scandal, it seems wise to reiterate the best way to make sure that your real estate marketing efforts aren't in violation of the Fair Housing Act.

Guest Speaking with The Barrett Women's League

BWL.pngKindra Deneau will be a guest speaker tonight for the ladies at the Barrett Womens League at ASU. She is honored to share for her second year with these wonderful upcoming women her experience in being an alumni and where her journey has taken her since. To the women of Barrett Women's League she is excited to get to meet you all. 

Crowdfunding your new startup

Crowdfunding is a way to raise money through public donations -- and sites like Indiegogo and Kickstarter have allowed entrepreneurs of all kinds to take their fundraising efforts directly to the internet, potential investors and future consumers.

However, there's a number of critical legal issues that need to be addressed before you start crowdfunding. These include:

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