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The World Wide Web is the wild wild west for intellectual property. Those esoteric concepts of copyrights and trademarks and patents often fall by the wayside for businesses looking to promote their business, or maybe even get their start, both online, and in the real world. Photos, videos, and other content are easily steal-able online, and just because it's easy, that doesn't make it legal. As such, businesses do need to be careful when selecting which photos and what type of media they want to use for promotional purposes.

If you're building your own website, or your web designer is asking you for photos, you can't just go and download any photo you see online. Even if you want to use a photo posted to Facebook, Twitter, or Yelp, on your website, you could face legal liability if you do not get permission from the photographer or from the website the photo is posted to. Luckily, social media makes it rather easy to contact users via in-site messaging.

It's been quite the year for Volkswagen. The car maker was rocked by scandal after it was caught cheating on emissions tests, polluting the environment, and trying to cover the whole thing up. But when some were wondering if the company's rep could ever recover, VW went out and set annual sales records, including a recent jump in December.

And now that it's wrapping up the emissions scandal, paying $4.3 billion to settle civil and criminal charges with U.S. regulators, the worst might be behind the embattled Volkswagen brand.

When Starbucks announced it would start serving craft beer and wine along with their caffeine, it made a certain amount of sense -- after all, you might need a shot or two of booze to counteract all those shots of espresso. (The coffee giant has since ended the practice, but our point still stands.)

Plenty of businesses have been branching out into booze sales lately, but these five might be the oddest stores in which to get sloshed.

The beginning of a new year is a perfect time for business owners, especially new business owners in partnerships, to take a step back and make sure everything is in order. A lot can change over the course of a year, and the beginning of the year is a good time to look at where you, as a business owner, are personally vulnerable to losing your ownership interest. Conversely, if a business partner has not been living up to their end of the partnership, it may be time to squeeze them out.

One of the most important documents business owners often overlook is their buy-sell agreement. A buy-sell agreement is typically the document that controls when a business partner can be bought out, or can sell their interest. They can also be viewed as business wills, or a succession plan of sorts. Frequently, for partnerships and joint ownerships, there are triggering mechanisms in these agreements that enable owners to sell their interests or be bought out only by other owners.

While not all employers will be impacted by the incoming president's plans to reform immigration, any employer that hires non-permanent resident immigrants may have to change the way they do business. A principal concern for employers that hire immigrant workers is whether and how the process will change, particularly for H-1B visas.

Unless you've been intentionally avoiding the news, you've likely heard about plans to "reform" business immigration, punish sanctuary cities, and deport undocumented immigrants. While many political analysts speculated that Trump's campaign promises were empty threats, businesses might be well advised to have a contingency plan in place and to get ready for change. Speculators believe that Trump may push for the imposition of stricter requirements for showing the need for H-1B workers.

Guns are dangerous. Customers are unpredictable. Logically, it follows that customers with guns are unpredictable and dangerous. Because of this common sense logic, many business owners simply don't want customers or employees or anyone bringing guns into their businesses.

In every state, business owners can legally prohibit both customers and employees from bringing guns into their businesses (although some states make an exception that allows employees to bring guns to work so long as the gun remains locked in their vehicle in the parking lot).

First and foremost, for business owners that want to prohibit guns in the workplace or in their business, using common sense when enforcing the policy is a must. People with guns can kill, and exercising discretion when it comes to telling an armed individual to leave your store is the most important thing you can do.

Despite the fact that more and more states are passing laws to legalize marijuana for both medical and recreational use, there are numerous legal obstacles that marijuana businesses face. At the outset, all marijuana businesses operate with the fear of federal prosecution. While individual states may have legal marijuana, the federal government still regards it as a Schedule I narcotic drug, and considers the sale, use, and possession to be illegal.

In addition to the concern over federal prosecution, local and state laws tend to require marijuana business operators to cut through quite a bit of bureaucratic red tape before opening up shop. While the red tape may seem like a hurdle that can be easily overcome, local permitting often requires the payment of hefty, cost-prohibitive application fees, as well as lengthy processing times, that make setting up a marijuana business even more cost prohibitive.

Hawking your wares on the internet gives you the potential for millions of new customers. Sadly, shipping and inventory mistakes can happen and not all of those customers will be satisfied with their purchase. So how do you do returns when the customer can't walk through your front door with the product and a receipt?

As it turns out, crafting a great (and legal) return policy for ecommerce isn't all that different than putting one together for brick-and-mortar sales. Here are a few things to consider:

Individuals with disabilities are able to perform the same jobs as most other workers. However, due to stigma and ignorance, disabled individuals generally do not get the same career opportunities as non-disabled individuals. Despite the existence of strong anti-discrimination laws, in 2015, the Department of Labor explained that only 17.5 percent of persons with a disability were employed.

New programs at large employers like EY and Microsoft, target specific candidates with disabilities that the employers believe may benefit them. For instance, what employer wouldn't jump at the chance of employing an autistic individual like Raymond Babbitt (the Rain Man) in a number crunching position?

For employers that are hiring, it is important to know how to interview disabled individuals, and how to avoid discrimination.

Can a Business Prohibit Guns?

Despite the Second Amendment right to bear arms, businesses across the country are free to adopt their own policies regulating and even prohibiting guns. Businesses are free to ban guns from their property. However, in some states, there may be some hurdles to jump (or signs to post) before doing so.

For the most part, guns are regulated by state laws. Many states already have laws about when, how, and where guns may be carried, such as prohibiting guns from being carried into establishments that serve alcohol. However, some states like Texas and Georgia require businesses to post conspicuous signage explaining when guns are not permitted on the premises.