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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.

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.

There's a reason it's called a "startup" and not a "wait and see." You've got your vision and you want to take it to market as soon as possible. But before you launch, there may be one or two legal considerations to take into account.

So if you're looking to launch the next unicorn, here are some tips to get your ducks in a row first:

While being first to market may be the key ingredient to success for some of today's biggest tech names, if a startup rushes to launch, they could be facing legal trouble down the road. Although it might be helpful to gauge demand and test a product to do a soft launch, or try to launch early, if your startup isn't ready, there's no end to the types of problems that can pop up.

Among the primary concerns that attorneys tend to have when a startup is rushing to open for business are legal liabilities, legal compliance, and potential legal challenges.

When you're focused on bringing your new idea to market and securing venture capital, hiring a lawyer might be the furthest thing from your mind. After all, you're new product (probably) isn't illegal, so what do you need legal counsel for?

But between city, state, and federal regulatory agencies and a slew of legal documents your startup is going to need, it's probably a good idea to invest some time and money on legal advice. But how much? And should it be in-house?

Starting and running a business is ripe with risks, both to the individual and the business. However, when an individual elects to run their business as a sole proprietorship, they are personally taking on the business's legal risks. The most frequently raised concern of sole proprietors involves their personal liability for business debts.

For example, if a customer is injured, a sole proprietor could be personally sued, and his personal assets seized in a judgment, whereas if the business were structured as a separate entity, the business owner could potentially avoid personal liability. For a sole proprietor, liability is a complex topic and, surprisingly, it can actually cut both ways.

You know you can't start a business for free. Any comprehensive business plan will include an estimate of start-up costs, considering everything from rent and employee wages to inventory and insurance. The one thing many entrepreneurs may neglect in these calculations, however, is legal fees.

You may need an attorney's advice throughout your startup's life, from incorporation to employment law compliance. So here's a look at some of those legal fees, and some ways to keep them in check.

You've gotten everything you think you can get out of your current gig, and you're ready to strike out on your own. But if your new startup is in the same field as your old job, you may run into one or two legal hurdles first. Understandably, employers don't like competing against ex-employees, especially those who took some proprietary information or an intimate knowledge of the business with them.

There are a few ways that companies try to protect their secrets, and you might need to be wary of them before launching your startup.

Venture capital funding for new drone startups is no longer on the rise. Despite the fact that the new FAA regulations that went into effect this past August provide certainty for companies looking to utilize drones, since the regulations were announced, drone startups have received less and less funding. Shockingly, from the second to third quarter this year, drone funding plummeted by by half.

According to MarketWatch, funding for drone companies has fallen by 59 percent since last year. In the second quarter of this year, $106 million was invested in 13 different deals. However, in the third quarter of this year, there was only $55 million invested into 8 different deals. For the companies that make drones, especially ones that are just starting up, this news is frightening.

It's never easy going into business for yourself, by yourself. But at the same time, it's never been easier. On the one hand, it's up to you to create the business plan, do market and competitor research, incorporate your business, secure funding, and handle the day-to-day business decisions. On the other hand, there are more free, online resources for taking care of all that than ever before.

But just because you can go solo as an entrepreneur, doesn't mean you necessarily should. Here are a few things to consider before becoming a "solopreneur."