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Not all images on the internet are in the public domain

Many members of the public treat images that have been posted on the internet as if they have been dedicated to the public domain by the authors. While that might be the case in some instances, the mere posting of an image to the internet does not indicate that it has been dedicated to the public domain or prevent the author from suing for copyright infringement. Unless the author has expressly indicated an intent to put the work into the public domain, such an intent will not be implied merely because the work was posted online—even if the work was posted without a copyright notice.
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If I Pay Someone to Create Something for Me, Don't I Own the Copyright?

Businesses routinely hire creative professionals to generate new content, whether for internal use or for distribution to the public at large. If you pay these individuals either an hourly or flat fee to generate this content for you, don't you own any resulting copyright?
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Poor Record Keeping Can Make It More Difficult to Prove a Lack of Production in Paying Quantities

Ohio courts have long held that a well is producing in paying quantities if the revenues from the well exceed the expenses involved in maintaining the well. Unless production from the leased property has ceased in its entirety, mineral owners face an inherent disadvantage in deciding whether to argue that wells on the property are no longer producing in paying quantities and the lease has therefore terminated.
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Failing to Conduct a Trademark Clearance Search Before Selecting Your Business Name Can Cost You

Before finalizing the name of the business and investing in things like signage, advertising, or website design, it's important to determine whether someone else may have prior rights to the name.
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Andrew Lycans Elected to Ohio State Bar Association Board of Governors

Critchfield, Critchfield & Johnston, Ltd. (CCJ) is pleased to announce that Andrew Lycans has been elected to serve on the Ohio State Bar Association’s (OSBA) Board of Governors.
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Ohio Supreme Court Rules the Dormant Mineral Act of 1989 was Not Self-Executing

On September 15, 2016, the Ohio Supreme Court issued decisions in twelve cases concerning the proper interpretation of the Dormant Mineral Act of 1989 (the "1989 Act").
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Should I Register My Trademark With the Trademark Office?

You can establish rights in a trademark based solely upon the sale of goods bearing that mark to the public.
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