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Criticize or Review A Business Could lead to Copyright Lawsuit

Business such as doctors offices are starting to add anti-free speech clauses in their contracts and terms of service. They are adding language that will forbid patients from criticizing them publicly on the internet or any other medium.

What is even worse is that some contracts stipulate that anything the customer writes concerning the business such as a review or criticism is automatically assigned the copyright of the article to the doctor or business and such can either have the criticism removed or worse yet sue the author for copyright infringement.

So in doing business with someone you could be unknowingly signing away your right to criticize them if you are unsatisfied with their service and it could open you up to lawsuits.

Copyrights are quickly becoming the weapon of choice for attacking free speech.

It may be a good idea to start reading every service agreement before doing business with anyone.

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