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31st March 2011
By Marion Maynard in Law
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If they intend to lower their interest rates on your current account or instant access account, banking institutions must give you two months notice before the reduction, unless it works in your favour. For other accounts, such as notice or term deposits, your bank is still under legal obligation to notify you in advance of their rate reductions if it will " make a significant difference" to your finances.

Products such as ebooks were initially sold online. However, today software, audio and video are also sold online and have a higher tech appeal, they are also much in demand compared to ebooks. Reselling software application products is also very lucrative as people are constantly looking for ways to enhance their performance and efficiency.

If an injury does occur and the assigned workers compensation doctor states that the employee must be off work for a certain amount of time, the employee can receive financial benefits. Financial payments that are generated are based upon the worker's average weekly wages. For the State of Oklahoma and, the most current (year 2010) State of Oklahoma Permanent Partial Disability or PPD rate is computed at 70% up to a maximum of $323.00.

Paying an attorney who concentrates their practice on the drafting of software license agreements and other business contracts may seem like the last thing a software developer wants to do. Most attorneys will charge in the neighborhood of $300-500 per hour for their services. But, there are some attorneys that will provide more affordable legal services due to a variety of reasons - likely the fact that they do it on the side or even for fun. Also, and while maybe not recognizable at first, the importance of an attorney as a software license drafter should become evident down the road - especially if the software is ever going to be sold or at least desiring to be not copied with out permission.

The following publishing industry article addresses some of the legal issues arising for publishing lawyers, entertainment attorneys, authors, and others as a result of the prevalence of e-mail, the Internet, and so-called "digital" and "electronic publishing". As usual, publishing law generally and the law of the digital right and electronic right specifically, governing these commercial activities, has been slow to catch up to the activity itself. Yet most of the publishing industry "gray areas" can be resolved by imposing old common-sense interpretations upon new publishing lawyer and entertainment lawyer industry constructs, including the digital right and electronic right, and others. And if after reviewing this article you believe you have a non-jargonized handle on the distinction between "digital right" and "electronic right" in the publishing context, then I look forward to hearing from you and reading your article, too.

Up to now, this article discussed how phrases like the "digital right" or "electronic right" should not be assumed to be self-defining, even by and between publishing lawyers and entertainment attorneys, and how it is incumbent upon authors to reserve needed rights like the digital right or the electronic right to themselves in the context of a publishing deal. Next up, let's examine concepts such as the digital right or electronic right from the perspective of the publishing lawyer and entertainment attorney, and the standpoint of fairness - who between author and publisher should in fact hold on to the digital right and electronic right, once and assuming that they are first properly defined?

Nevertheless, electronic media and specifically the digital right and electronic right, have already changed our history. You can be sure that they will have some effect, at a minimum, on most author's individual publishing deals henceforth, and will be the fodder of publishing lawyer and entertainment attorney discussion for years to come. The fact is, electronic uses inherent in the digital right and the electronic right already do compete with older, more traditional uses - particularly because digital and electronic uses are cheaper and faster to deploy, and can potentially reach millions of users in less than, as Jackson Browne might say, the blink of an eye.

The process of U.S. copyright registration is just an after-occurring formality, though it is one which entertainment attorneys (from New York, and yes, even elsewhere in places like Hollywood) handle for their clients often. In other words, the work is already copyright-protected prior to one's mailed submission of the work from New York or any other city, to the U.S. Copyright Office and Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Yes, U.S. copyright registration does thereafter provide certain advantages over unregistered works, as your entertainment lawyer will tell you. But copyright registration is not itself a pre-requisite for copyright protection. The copyright protection exists first. The copyright filing comes second.

Entertainment lawyers draw up contracts for their clients and review those from their managers, studios, publicists and such. Their knowledge of entertainment law ensures that these contracts keep their client's best interests in mind. If not, then these lawyers help clients negotiate these contracts. In addition to this, these lawyers create relationships with studios and record labels. This helps them stay aware of deals that may be viable for their clients. Also, this way they are aware of who in the industry has a stronger presence and they can use this knowledge to establish deals for clients with ease.
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