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Analyzing Architectural Designs for Copyright Disputes

TASA ID: 10524

Introduction

There’s nothing simple about architectural copyright litigation. Activity generated from The Architectural Works Copyright Protection Act of 1990 continues to increase. The law continues to develop, but factual realities, though seemingly obvious, are often complex and difficult to compare What is an architectural work? It is a building design embodied in any tangible medium of expression, including a building itself, architectural plans, or drawings. Overall form is copyrightable. Exterior and interior spatial arrangements and elements of these arrangements are copyrightable. Individual standard features are not copyrightable. These presuppositions raise further questions. 

Dissecting a Commercial Appraisal Report

TASA ID: 1813

There are two styles of written appraisal reports: narrative and form (U.R.A.R.).  This article only deals with narrative reports.

While your focus is on proving that a bad appraisal caused or impacted a damages claim - and not on violations of The Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (U.S.P.A.P.), due to a recent major change - you need a brief understanding of U.S.P.A.P. prior to January 1, 2016, where there were three types of written appraisal reports and now there are only two

The New Transportation Broker Law - Map 21

An Analysis for Attorneys

TASA ID: 2109

Many motor carrier accidents involve a dispatch by a transportation broker. The broker’s usual position in the event of an accident is “to run away” from responsibility, thinking incorrectly, that they are not liable. However; If any of the broker’s actions in the act of transportation, are normally, actions reserved, in common practice, to a motor carrier, the Broker may be held to strict liability, in that transportation event. 

DEFAMATION

TOP 10 Guiding Principles of Negative Communications That Result In Image and Reputation Damage

TASA ID: 2156

In its simplest definition, defamation is defined as “the action of damaging the good reputation of someone.” Defamation results from some form of negative communications, whether written (libel) or verbal (slander). Negative communications are extremely powerful and in most instances, difficult to counter or overcome – mainly because of human nature and psychology.   When some person, business or entity is defamed, there are factors that come into play that generally are irreversible.  To fully understand how defamation impacts the image and reputation of the recipient, it is important to know some guiding principles of negative communications:

6 Biggest Hidden Security Risks Threatening Your Business

TASA ID: 321

Every business today, no matter its size or type, faces very real security risks. Risks that can cost you time, money and even legal problems. While most companies are aware of cybersecurity issues, there are other real threats, many of them hidden, that must be considered when planning your corporate security initiatives. These include not only the obvious ones like workplace violence, but physical security, health and other hidden hazards, and even work stoppage issues like political upheavals or localized violence. All are very real risks that should not be overlooked.
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