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What You Need to Know About Online Use Law

When it comes to your company's online presence, what you don't know about copyright law can hurt you.

This story appears in the November 2010 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

A bit of code. A few paragraphs of copy. A song or a couple of photos. They may be easy to cut and paste for use on your website, e-mail marketing campaign or other business collateral, but helping yourself can be a big mistake.

"Nearly everything you may find is protected in some manner by copyright law," says Jerrold Neeff, attorney at The Bostonian Law Group in and an adjunct professor of intellectual property law at Boston University.

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