Friday, March 22, 2013
Tim Cushing of TechDirt.com has written an article about my write up below, Tim seems to think Charles Carreon is paying me money to write this article. The exact opposite is true, I hire and pay Charles Carreon to do legal work for me and Charles Carreon does not pay me any money whatsoever. In fact if Tim Cushing would like to do another article, I will be happy to show him the canceled checks proving that I hire and pay Charles Carreon for his legal services. Perhaps Tim is too busy looking for a better job than TechDirt.com, or maybe he can not find a better job than the crappy useless site TechDirt.com, since Tim writes like a little whining bitch.
This article is about the importance of having a great Internet attorney.
I have one, and he is my friend and an outstanding Internet attorney that has done wonderful work that protects me and helps me grow our business. His name is Charles Carreon, and I highly recommend him based on the merit of his excellent work.
He has strong expertise in:
I own many hundreds of domains and web sites and software that my development teams have developed over the years. This all must be legally protected and each web site that is important should obtain a Federal Trademark. I really do not like to write about law except from my own experiences and from the perspective of a businessman and entrepreneur that hires attorney's to do work on these types of projects.
Many Internet entrepreneurs resist the proper legal procedures to register Trademarks, file Patents for their software, properly protect expensive domain names, set up Corporations or LLC's, etc.
I can tell you from personal legal experience and several law suits I have had to file, that this is a "Pay me a smaller amount now, or Pay a big old bag of money later" proposition.
We know you think you are saving money by not hiring a lawyer to take care of this, then years later when you are in a law suit you wish you would have listened to previous good legal advice and properly protected your Internet and software assets.
This is also true for software developers who should hire a good Internet / Software attorney to draw up proper legal license agreements.
You want and need an attorney that has many years of strong experience doing this, and Charles Carreon is this type of attorney.
I would recommend against giving any perpetual software license agreements, it is wiser to license your software by the year, or at the longest, a five year software license.
Today a hot topic of law and SEO is the strange and difficult issue of reputation management. How do we know what to believe on the Internet when we have sites like RipoffReport and Yelp, etc.
Please read this interesting article from NPR.org on this topic.
The debate over anonymous comments has been building in newsrooms for a decade. Old-school journalists argue the optimistic predictions of Internet comment boards brimming with the wisdom of the crowd haven't panned out. Instead, they say, news organizations tarnish their reputations by hosting comments that are often snarky and factually inaccurate.
More major news papers are saying no to anonymous comments on the Internet.
Interesting video of an Internet troll confronted and interviewed.
These evil trolls use names like "Anonymous Coward", etc. then it is very difficult to track them down to take legal actions against them.
I have talked and emailed with Ed the owner of RipoffReport, and even though his believes and morals on this topic are different then mine. Frankly Ed's position (the owner of RipoffReport) upsets me because there are many more cases of false, negative attacks, then grandmothers wanting to comment anonymously because they are afraid some big company might file a law suit against them. I guess it is at least 10 negative and false to 1 true concern about facing legal action by a big business, perhaps worse because of the huge increase of negative SEO methods in the last few years.
Ed of Ripoff Report is a very clever guy with a good team of attorneys that fight everyone as long and as hard as they can so he does not give out any information about who files the reports. This is where you need a good attorney if a lot of money is on the line and you need to legally force RipoffReport to disclose information about who really wrote the complaint(s). It will cost you at least $20,000 and most likely much more to prove who wrote something negative and false about your company, and then to take them to Court and collect will cost even more money, at least $50,000. So this is not an inexpensive endeavor, it is less expensive to hire a good SEO company to push down the negative and perhaps false articles and complaints. This can also work the other way, you can push up negative complaint articles about your competitors if you so desire. I am linking to a good article that describes the various options, however I do not agree with SearchEngineLand about option #4 on his list. Yes SEO does require ongoing continuous work, however it is not short lived if done properly. If fact Search Engine Optimization is the best and least expensive of the six options presented in his article. Furthermore if you Google this attorney's name, Kenton Hutcherson who wrote this article for SearchEngineLand, you will see a RipoffReport showing as #1 in Google for his name, which proves he would be wise to hire a good SEO company to push down the RipOffReport that shows up #1 on Google when you do a search for his name.
Like I said, Ed the owner of RipoffReport has a good team of attorneys to fight anyone. For the record I am against RipoffReport and if Google completely deleted RipoffReport and other sites like it from the Internet it would be Google's freedom of speech right and a good thing as far as I am concerned. I do not like how RipoffReport can publish false complaints and they do not care. Just because it is legal and they have good lawyers does not make it right.