Online contests can be a challenge
It’s becoming easier and more popular for businesses to run online contests as promotional tools. But contests are fraught with legal risk. If they’re not done properly, the business running the contest can face consequences ranging from the embarrassment of having the contest shut down, to fines and criminal charges. Full Story

Citizens recording police safe in Washington
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Court quashes double-dipping fees on music, books
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Court protects hyperlink activity on Internet
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Reports share concerns over Bill C-30
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Devil is in the defaults
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Online contests can be a challenge
It’s becoming easier and more popular for businesses to run online contests as promotional tools. But contests are fraught with legal risk. If they’re not done properly, the business running the contest can face consequences ranging from the embarrassment of having the contest shut down, to fines and criminal charges.
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