Memes & Copyright Infringement: What Happens When a Tweet Goes Viral?

If you're at all active on social media, you're likely to come across dozens of memes each day. According to Miriam-Webster, a meme is "an amusing or interesting item (such as a captioned picture or video) or genre of items that is spread widely online especially through social media." Some of the most notable memes of 2017 so far include Salt Bae (view the original Instagram post) and the Babadook as a queer icon (read about it here). While memes can be humorous and widely appealing, it's important to keep in mind that creating, retweeting, reblogging, and otherwise sharing memes on social media can constitute copyright infringement if you don't own the copyrights to the underlying images or videos.

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Small Business Spotlight: Lulu

This July, we chatted with Damon Alley, founder of Lulu—a fresh Portland startup with a focus on sustainability and community empowerment through cycling. Damon gives us the scoop on his innovative first product, the Lululox, as well as what motivates him to be such a forward-thinking entrepreneur.

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The Slants at the Supreme Court: Exclusive Band Interview

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for the trademark case, Lee v. Tam. We interviewed The Slants to hear their thoughts on the Supreme Court, their goals with this case, and the causes they care the most about.

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Small Business Spotlight: Gold Standard Studio

In January's Small Business Spotlight, we interview two successful Portland entrepreneurs, Meg Adamson and Sara Pedrosa, co-owners of Gold Standard Studio. Check out their business insights and advice.

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Apple Loses to Samsung in Supreme Court Design Patent Case, But the Battle Isn’t Over

Apple Lost to Samsung in a unanimous decision by the Supreme Court, but the patent battle between the two smartphone giants is far from over. So what does this mean for Apple and Samsung, as well as future design patent disputes?

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