Copyright v. Trademark v. Patent

22 Jun

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“The Sleeping Virtue” by MissNickiPink

To Be in Copyright or Not To Be in Copyright. . . That is the Question.

Here in China, I’m currently teaching my darling students Business Law, which includes a healthy dose of Art and Cultural Heritage law surprisingly enough.  Although, if you think about it, Businesses deal in Art and Words as much as anyone–and I’ve discovered the rules for them are often similar to those for individual artists.  

But one of the most basic questions my students get stumped with is what is the different between a copyright, trademark, and patent?  Many of them have created their own companies on the side and are trying to figure out how to protect their resources.  

Lawyers like to throw around those words like they mean something, but it’s a big pile of nothing for anyone else.  Still, many of your rights and protections are caught up in the relevant Copyright, Trademark, or Patent. So if you want to adequately protect yourself (in business or in art), you need to know what to do and what laws are on your side.  

As I help my students, I thought I would share some information here as well.  I’m teaching basic overview of the law, so this is all simple information :)  Please Note: This is not intended to be Legal Advice! Every situation is different, and if you have a situation you need to speak with your own Attorney! Continue reading

Art I Love ~ Diamond Fashion

17 Jun
Diamond Fashion by Dreamhuntress-sims

Diamond Fashion by Dreamhuntress-sims

KDrama Review: Missing Noir M

16 Jun

Show Length

10 Episodes

My Ratings

Theme Depth: ★★
Uniqueness of Plot: ★★★1/2
Acting: ★★★
Technical Elements: ★★★

Genres

Mystery
Crime
Action
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Speaking Your Soul

15 Jun

Although I’m not a Catholic, sometimes the idea of confession is a rather comforting idea. Having never been to a Catholic Church and knowing that fictional versions of priests are hardly the same as real ones, I still kind of like the thought of having someone waiting there, no judgement or condemnation, just to talk and give you words of wisdom.  Just someone who understands your secrets and is there to help give encouragement without the shame or embarrassment of normal personal confessions.  I don’t need to be told what is right, I just need encouragement to do it.  I’d like to think priests offer that to their people. It’s a comforting thought.

Lady of the Lily

14 Jun

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This past weekend was Homecoming for the Students at SIAS, so the Freshman and Sophomores help design floats for their different departments and schools.  This was one of the floats – the lily started closed, then slowly opened as the young girl danced up out of it in the traditional flowing sleeves dance. Very beautiful!

Life in China: Apple I-Pad

12 Jun

Apple I-Pad

The Queen is NOT amused.  In fact, I’m pretty down-right Pi**ed (pardon the language).  After all the trouble I’ve had, I thought it pretty necessary to update all future China-Travelers to the dangers of buying/using Apple products here.

I don’t remember if I told you all this, but Lawrence the Laptop has had another revolt. He attempted going on strike via a broken LCD screen; I cut him off at the start via a nice HDMI connection to my television.  Unfortunately, he laughed in my face and promptly refused to work without the HDMI connection. No need to get into it, it was a whole thing.  

So last November, I bought an Ipad 2 during China’s version of Black Friday. I’ve had an I-Pod for several years, which lasted pretty well and I figured I’d give their tablet a try.  YES, I checked and it is a legit Apple I-Pad; had it tested by the real Apple Company in Zhengzhou (it’s on the apple website as a legit seller).

WRONG!  BAD! Stupid Olivia!  

Here’s Why. .

Price: 1800 RMB (approx. $300)

Review: The price was a little expensive for my tastes (almost all of Apple is), but I figured it was worth the bargain.  Apple products in China tend to run a bit pricier than products in America. Go figure given that they are literally produced about 10 miles away in the city I live in.  They have their own personal runway at the international airport they ship so many Apple products out of here. Yet we still get charge at least 50% again as much as American buyers.  So, I had to wait until 11/11, China’s Black Friday shopping day to pick one up from Hong Kong.  

Initial Purchase: Semi-Good; Semi-Problematic

Review: The first shipment I got was not too terrible.   It came with the charger, a cover, a screen protector, and ear plugs, pretty sweet all together.  The I-Pad itself was unmarked and undamaged, it seemed like everything would be okay.

It worked for about 2 hours, and then problems started.  The swiping part of the screen wasn’t working. It would stall up, like the screen was locked. You could go up about half an inch and down about half an inch, but otherwise nothing was happening. Buttons wouldn’t click, etc.  So we tried turning it on and off again (the answer to most issues), which revealed that the lock screen was not working either. Once again, I couldn’t swipe from the screen saver to the unlock screen. When I did finally get to the lock buttons, it froze and wouldn’t click them.  Tried a hard reset and several other options, nothing worked.  

So we called the seller and sent it back.  They kept it for about two weeks and finally sent me a new version.  This one seemed fine, so life moved on.

Use: Final Product

The final I-Pad I got worked fine soft-ware wise.  Sometimes it would randomly shut down songs or the internet would stop working, and none of the VPNs like it at all.  Otherwise, it was great and I was happy.

Hard-ware wise, the screen cracks like crazy. Literally, press to hard on the screen when punching a button and the whole screen cracked.  I put on a super duper safety case on it intended for toddlers, took it off and the whole edges were broken.  I asked the computer fix-it people and they said it sounds like I was sent a re-furbished model that had a cheap screen put on it.  The screen supposedly should not have cracked like that, but they verified the computer was really apple so they think the screen was just replaced with a cheapo version.  

I was not happy, especially knowing it takes 300 RMB to fix the screen. Furthermore, they admitted that if the top screen breaks the second lower screen there may be no fixing it at all?!?  0_0 Don’t you think that’s something they should have told me about before I bought the I-Pad?  I did a ton of research into I-Pads, I asked questions, and this never came up.  

ERROR: Blue Screen of Death

Anyways, along I go using  my ipad for about 5 months, when suddenly the screen goes blue and the whole thing just shuts off.  Black. Off, no charging, no connecting to the computer, no nothing.  Reset doesn’t work. Plugging it in to the computer doesn’t work. It is dead as a doornail for no apparent good reason.  No warning, that would be too nice. Just stops in the middle of a show.  Takes with it my calendar, contacts, messages, photos, videos, notes, everything. So off I go to the computer store to have it fixed.
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Happy Days!

11 Jun

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I have yet to see a day where Balloons on a Blue Sky don’t make me a little bit more cheerful!

Next 2 Weeks

24 May

Hi Everyone!

My Schedule The next two weeks Week:

  • Translate 2 Chapter Study Guides into Chinese
  • Email 150 C Students new assignments
  • Teach 12 classes each week
  • Create 2 new Study guides
  • Create 2 new Quizzes
  • Prepare the final Class Party
  • Grade approximately 8 assignments at 450 students each.
  • Prepare my final exam
  • Meet approximately 30 students one-on-one
  • Grade Blackboard discussions at 112 groups and then one for each of 450 students.
  • Attend Graduation
  • Participate in Homecoming
  • Give the Final Exam
  • Finish Random Other Assignments

O_O

Long story short – the next two weeks I’ll be EXTREMELY BUSY, so I may not really post.  Please don’t worry. As soon as the final exam is over, I’ll be back. I Promise!

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