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The Max Interest for Late Assessments in a Georgia HOA

January 27, 2023   |   By: David Ludwig The Georgia Property Owners’ Association Act—shortened to POA—was established to bolster the collection capabilities of homeowner associations. Covenants used to expire after 20 years in Georgia, but POAs allow them to renew automatically which reduces the need to facilitate costly renewal votes. Typically, the POA provides the explicit… Continue reading The Max Interest for Late Assessments in a Georgia HOA

Domain Name Disputes: How to Protect Your Domain Name

January 24, 2023   |   By: David Ludwig Disputes regarding domain names can emerge from legitimate commercial competition as well as from misunderstandings, business opportunism, and domain brokers. Cybersquatters may try to put your domain name up for sale or auction. Or they may attract internet visitors to their own site and away from yours. In… Continue reading Domain Name Disputes: How to Protect Your Domain Name

Why Copyright Registration Matters

January 20, 2023   |   By: David Ludwig Creative works of expression are likely your most valuable assets if you are a film studio, photographer, software developer, writer, musician, or visual artist. To fully protect against copycats, you need federal copyright registration. Copyright law protects creative works of expression such as music, the written word, photographs,… Continue reading Why Copyright Registration Matters

Does the Georgia POA Apply to My Homeowners Association?

By: David Ludwig  [11/19/22] What is the POA? The Georgia Property Owners’ Association Act—or POA—was adopted in 1994 to define the authority of homeowners associations (HOA) and strengthen their collection abilities. One of the benefits of submitting to the POA is that the HOA is no longer responsible for filing liens at the county courthouse… Continue reading Does the Georgia POA Apply to My Homeowners Association?

Recovering Legal Fees After Suing a Georgia Homeowners Association

By: David Ludwig  [11/18/22] The first step in challenging any homeowners association should be to carefully review their governing documents in the Declaration of Covenants, Conditions, Restrictions, and Easements (CC&Rs) to determine if there are any pre-established stipulations regarding disputes between homeowners and their HOAs. There may be a specific clause that addresses who will… Continue reading Recovering Legal Fees After Suing a Georgia Homeowners Association

Can an Inadvertent Error on a Copyright Application Kill Your Infringement Case?: Supreme Court Says No

By: David Ludwig  [7/25/22] For creators who hold copyrights, the Supreme Court has issued a decision that will have wide-ranging benefits for years to come. The court’s decision in Unicolors, Inc. v. H&M Hennes & Mauritz, L.P., issued this past February, marked a notable change to the effects of inadvertent errors on copyright applications. In this… Continue reading Can an Inadvertent Error on a Copyright Application Kill Your Infringement Case?: Supreme Court Says No

The Copyright Claims Board is Here! But Will Anyone Use It?

By: David Ludwig  [7/4/22] Later this month, the newly formed Copyright Claims Board (CCB) will officially start accepting cases. The CCB was formed in 2020, when Congress passed the CASE (Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement) Act. The CCB is intended to provide an efficient and cost-effective alternative forum for copyright disputes. It offers streamlined proceedings… Continue reading The Copyright Claims Board is Here! But Will Anyone Use It?

Trademark Use and Trademark Infringement in Domain Names

By: David Ludwig [2/4/22] Trademark rights and domain name ownership overlap in many ways, but they are not the same. Domain name ownership does not necessarily establish trademark rights, and trademark ownership does not necessarily give you the right to own the corresponding domain name.  I am often approached by clients who have received a… Continue reading Trademark Use and Trademark Infringement in Domain Names

Protecting Your Business Against Defamation

By: David Ludwig [1/28/22] What is defamation?  Your reputation is one of your business’s most valued assets. Reputation damage can result in grave financial losses. Business owners have legal rights against damaging false statements made about their business by competitors or other people. These lawsuits are complex, and business owners need to understand what defamation means.… Continue reading Protecting Your Business Against Defamation

The CASE Act Makes Copyright Enforcement More Accessible to Independent Artists … Sort Of

By: Lisa MacBeth and David Ludwig On December 27th, 2020, the Copyright Alternative Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019 (“CASE Act”) was signed into law. The Act established the Copyright Claims Board (“CCB”), which will listen to small copyright claims beginning December 27, 2021. However, in CCB cases, actual damages awards are capped at $30,000 total,… Continue reading The CASE Act Makes Copyright Enforcement More Accessible to Independent Artists … Sort Of

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