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It’s become an annual tradition to re-post this at this time of year.
As my Gray Reed colleague Michael Kelsheimer explains in a prior post on his Texas Employer Handbook blog, you have to be careful when using unpaid labor.
UNPAID INTERNS, VOLUNTEERS AND TRAINEES
Who, What, Why . . .
Who does it apply to: Every employer who has or intends to hire unpaid interns.
When must an … Continue Reading
Regular readers know I am a fan of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. The show has done multiple segments relevant to our topics of discussion. They recently did a segment on patent reform.
The guys over at Mintz Levin’s Global IP Matters Blog, suggest John Oliver’s information is outdated and that the proposed Innovation Act, … Continue Reading
As expected, the FCC passed the net neutrality rules today. Other than spokesmen for the large telecoms (and perhaps some politicians who listen to that lobby), you don’t hear much reasoned opposition to net neutrality.
I have to admit that my views have been changing on the issue from a position of: (1) a solution in … Continue Reading
Today, we have a guest post from Gray Reed & McGraw attorney Cleve Clinton (the one on the far left). He is one of the writers of the enlightening and entertaining blog over at Tilting the Scales where they share common sense, practical insights and a little humor, all to help clarify interesting and timely business … Continue Reading
5. Using Images Without Permission is No Monkey Business
From the Wikimedia Commons website
This was one of the more interesting stories of the year – does the photographer who set up everything to allow for a monkey to take a selfie own the copyright to that selfie? This year we learned that no, the photographer does … Continue Reading
1. You Haven’t Lawyered Up.
OK, that may be a little dramatic, but the worst case scenario is that you have a handshake deal with your co-founders. After all, we are all buds, this won’t go wrong. Even if it never goes wrong, you need to have your agreements done and done correctly. Too many times, … Continue Reading
As you probably read, the Texas Securities Board approved intrastate crowdfunding yesterday without limiting it to accredited investors. You can read the rules here.
For those wanting to issue equity through intrastate crowdfunding:
Companies may raise up to $1 million per 12-month period
Offerings must be carried out online through a registered dealer or crowdfunding portal.
The company must be … Continue Reading
I’ll admit, General Mills did not go that far. What they did, according to The New York Times was notify customers that if they downloaded a coupon, joined a forum or entered a sweepstakes, the customer would waive their right to sue in court and would have to go through an online “informal negotiation” or arbitration.
Since … Continue Reading
Open source software sounds like a good idea. Your create some code and then put it out there for the public to use and let people build on it and improve. The only condition is that if someone improves on it and build from it, they often have to share their improvements with the world. … Continue Reading
I’m proud of the city where I grew up and am now raising my own kids. Although not a popular tourist destination, there are a lot of great things happening here, and here, and here, and here, and here–including a burgeoning start-up scene. Houston Tech Street is just more evidence of that.
Houston Tech Street is … Continue Reading