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How Copyright Applies on the Web

“Copyright gives the author of an original work exclusive right for a certain time period in relation to that work, including its publication, distribution and adaptation, after which time the work is said to enter the public domain”.Wikipedia
Copyright applies to the web just as it applies to anything that is created or published. The (US) Copyright Act of 1976 States that “a copyright owner does not have to file a copyright application to protect its works…rather, copyright protection forms when the works are created.”Technically this is true, but if you take it just as it states and you do not apply for copyright protection you may have to give up you idea, publication or creation. Under the same Copyright Act registration is a necessity within ninety (90) days of publication to allow the owner to receive what is referred to as “statutory damages”. The compensation you receive without registration in the court of Law cannot be compared to the statutory damages I talked about earlier. In the US they include: a sum of not less than $750 or more than $30,000 per work infringed; Attorney’s fees; costs; And, where the copyright owner can show that the infringement was willful, an award of up to $150,000 per work.
Preregistration can also be done even before the idea, creation or publication is complete .US Copyright Preregistration Information..
Copyright Explained: I May Copy It, Right? is helpful for startups .
Should Startups worry about Copyrights? Interview with M.Pavan of Whitemoney explains how copyright law is applied.

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Enterprise 2.0 Startups

Consumer applications are out there in their numbers. It takes a lot of effort for users to find them. The few once that make it to mainstream have been able to do so partly because they solve a real problem that users find useful. In the standard word-of-mouth model, you have to allow users to try the product, if users find the product useful, they evangelize it everyone they know, some of the users who are being evangelized to tries it as well. The cycle continues especially if the users keep talking about it. Some entrepreneurs believe that marketing should not be a problem if you build a remarkable product. Robert Stephens believes that “Marketing is a Tax You Pay for being Unremarkable”.
Bessemer’s Top 10 Laws for Being “SaaS-y” has a lot to say about Enterprise applications. I don’t know whether the same statement may apply to enterprise applications. In a business to business application, the message has to be made clear to the businesses the product is targeted at. Startups that depend on sales representatives should be able to work out the cost of acquiring customers effectively. Can an enterprise application depend solely on customer referrals because the product is remarkable? VC funded businesses must have very scalable customer acquisition opportunities to bring in the customers that can translate into revenues.Ben Yoskovitz has outlined lessons for founders who want to pursue enterprise software.Lessons Learned Running a SaaS Business .One of the biggest challenges with enterprise software is adoption — getting customers to actually use what you’ve sold them. A lot of companies don’t like to buy from startups who call themselves enterprise 2.0. There’s more risk involved. What happens if you go out of business,especially when a crucial part of the business process is being handled by the startup.Enterprise 2.0 Startups – Know Your Market is a good start for enterprise application development.

Starting a Web Business

I have been involved in about four startup projects.All of them were aimed at the internet.The barriers to entry in web business is so low that once the startup or business of ready to be shipped,it takes a lot of effort to get the message out there about your new product.But once the product gets to main stream,you stand the chance to gain a lot.Social media may be free,but you cannot be 100 percent sure that the product will get to the target market.I am therefore torn betwen starting a consumer application or business to business application.In a B2B application,a strong sales team can deliver and bring in the money.If you plan to build a consumer application read Long Tail, The, Revised and Updated Edition: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More ,but some principles and ideas are useful for business applications ,especially if you get to main stream. His basic Principles are that

    1. Make as much as possible available to as many people as possible.
    2. Help them to locate what they need, quickly and easily.
    3. Offer maximum inventory only online.
    4. Customize supply chain in terms of niche markets
    5. Maximize its efficiencies and economies (especially inventory control, order processing, and distribution,)
    5. Be customer-driven in terms of “crowdsourcing”
    6. Have strategy that separates content into its component parts (i.e. “microchunking”)
    7. Have a pricing strategy that is “elastic” (i.e. based on the ROI of fulfillment per product per niche).
    8. Have an open source business model for information sharing.
    9. In markets where scarcity exists, “guesstimate” costs, margins, sales, profits, etc.
    10.Where there is abundant competition, let those markets “sort it all out.”

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Also available at Principles from Amazon.

Other useful links and articles that I am reading include

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Designing Web Sites with Photoshop

June 22, 2009 1 comment

Photoshop is a very useful tool for designing websites.Once the site is designed, it takes a lot of effort to code the site in Dreamweaver, Eclipse or any other IDE you want to use.I am at a crossroad now.I have been able to design the psd file and now I am in the process of coding the psd or converting the file to html or xhtml.The slicing tool has been very useful,But it has its own challenges.The following tutorials have been helpful.

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The best blogs on Startup News

There are too many blogs to read for updates on startups,technology industry news and and the latest in web development.It takes a lot of time to visit site to site just to stay informed.These blogs have been useful for me :

    Alltop for startups is a perfect aggregator of startup news.This site has all the news you need as entrepreneur.

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is another collection.

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Interview with Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs share their stories gladly with the public,especially when it comes to issues like how they begun the journey.

is full of stories of startups that have both succeeded and failed.
Startup founders grant interviews to tell the world about how they are making impact and opportunities that exist.If you are interested in exploring what entrepreneurs have to say about their journey you can also read 50 Interviews: Entrepreneurs.
I am impressed with women entrepreneurs who have made it to the top. Jessica Livingston, one of the founders of Y Combinator and the author of a book of interviews with startup founders(Founders at Work) shares her story with Ciara Byrne of TheNextWomen. The Interview: Y Combinator Founder Jessica Livingston shares her story.. There are video interviews with entrepreneurs at Allbusiness.com which may be useful to you.

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