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The Oatmeal VS FunnyJunk

On 05.29.11, in Exposed, General

A Typical and not so Funny Case of Online Copyright Infringement

UPDATE: A year after this post was published funnyjunk’s lawyer Charles Carreon threatened the Oatmeal

I’m a huge fan of the Oatmeal, an abrasive and hilarious comic-strip by Matthew Inman. In fact, he is probably my favorite person to follow on twitter or Facebook and brightens my timeline daily. Matthew is clearly too talented for his own good – producing Highly Original cartoons, and it is no surprise that, with very little deterrents, his work gets republished with no attribution on a plethora of dubious sites. One of which is called FunnyJunk and lives up to the latter part of the name.

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How can we Help You Manage your Copyright?

On 05.21.11, in General

Our mandate is to create solutions for Freelancers worldwide to protect and manage their Intellectual Property in a way that is legally-sound, affordable and hopefully pleasurable.

While Myows Copyright Protection has already been recommended by Popular Science, Appstorm or Newgrounds and is often featured in roundups of most useful apps for Freelancers, admittedly our task is ambitious and therefore we welcome your support, your input and your suggestions.

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Sign Up and Manage your Copyright with your Facebook Profile

On 03.23.11, in Announcement, General

Getting a copyright is simple, it’s automatic, no paperwork required. Now we’re working to make protecting your copyright just as easy

That’s why we’ve teamed up with Facebook Connect to allow you to sync your Myows account to your Facebook profile.

First up there’s the obvious time saving advantage (no more lost passwords or sifting through all those usernames you’ve been collecting over the years). But there’s an added legal advantage too!


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Myows US Trademark Certificate

On 03.16.11, in General

We’ve received our US Trademark certificate today and thought we’d share it with you, along with a few thoughts.

Copyright protects the expression of your creativity, whereas Trademark protects a business’s identity or brand. Trademark ensures that consumers aren’t duped into buying from a competitor while believing they are buying from you or your clients. Trademarking should be part of any branding project. Trademarking is done on a geographical and sectorial basis – this means you will need to apply for trademark in every country where you wish to be covered. (more…)

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Plotting the future of Freelancers’ Copyright Management

On 01.15.11, in General

Max Guedy, Chris Human, Dave O'Reilly

Today I met with Chris and Dave, the two other Myows Copyright Solutions founding partners, for a great brainstorming session in the awe-inspiring Kirstenbosch Gardens.

We joked a bit and had a great time, but more importantly we strategized where we’d want to take our internationally-acclaimed app in 2011. The plan of action we scribbled over 7 hours in Chris’s A3 pad will for sure change the way us freelancers approach copyright management. (more…)

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Myows, one of the most useful apps for Freelancers

On 12.22.10, in General, In the News, Myows Buzz

Everyone involved with Myows received an early Christmas gift when our copyright management app was featured alongside DropBox, Basecamp or Google Docs as one of the most useful websites for Freelancers on the very respected (more…)

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Movember and Materialism

On 12.01.10, in General

Growing Moustaches in November is a concept. It is an idea. It is not ownable. There is no IP in a concept. Not a drop…

…unless you reduce it to material form. You see, you cannot copyright a concept or register an idea. You can’t show these things to your lawyer or your mum. You cannot hide them under your mattress or reveal them from behind a red velvety curtain. Your dog can’t even eat them. Because they are inside your head and a head is a useless place for your IP to be. BUT, call this concept MOVEMBER, create a logo and register the URL. Now we’re talking. The idea has found material form, a form that somebody can own (and I bet you wish that somebody was you…).


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Creative Zeitgeist and Dennis the Menace

On 10.23.10, in General


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Plagiarism or Creative Zeitgeist?

On 10.22.10, in General

Logo Copyright protected with Myows

Back in August, I offered to help my brother-in-law by designing a logo for his new venture . Admittedly, I didn’t spend more than a few hours on it and followed his wishes to have a 3D globe instead of the letter “O” – but am still pleased with the result which I believe gives his business a professional online image.

Today, while browsing the web for pictures of “blue fire”, I came across a very similar logo for a Fire Protection Service I hadn’t heard of before:


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NewTwitter Screenshots of the Myows Account

On 09.15.10, in General

The Myows Twitter account was granted early access to the new Twitter interface and it’s rather yummy.


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