Category Archives: Articles

Copyright Termination Right: A Powerful Right For Copyright Owners

By | November 19, 2010

Ever since I was a law student learning about copyright law, particularly, the provision that gives an author the right to terminate his or her transfer of copyright in a work (the “Copyright Termination Right”), I’ve wondered how the record and publishing companies were going to respond when an artist, songwriter, or composer actually attempted to recapture his… Read More »

The Future of the Federal Estate Tax

By | October 6, 2010

As of February of 2010, the United States enjoyed more than a month of complete repeal of the federal estate tax.  Before its repeal, the federal estate tax was almost as old as the U.S. income tax which required the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to adopt. The 2010 repeal of the federal estate tax was originally… Read More »

Piercing the Corporate Veil – Alter Ego Liability Considerations

By | September 28, 2010

The following is a relatively completely list of factors that may be considered by a court in piercing the corporate veil (i.e. finding alter ego liability) where an individual may be held liable for acts committed through their corporate or limited liability company entity. (1) Commingling of funds and other assets of the corporation with those of the… Read More »

Can I Use My Competitor’s Trademark as a Keyword for My Website Advertising?

By | September 28, 2010

So, you may have a website and you want to drive traffic – potential customers – to your site. One of the ways that you do that is by designating “keywords”. These are descriptive words that are associated with your website. When a potential customer enters words into a search engine, perhaps looking for a local florist by… Read More »

Trademark Registration and its Protection in Ethiopia

By | September 22, 2010

According to Ethiopian Trade Mark Protection Proclamation no. 501/2006 Trademark can be defined as any visible sign capable of distinguishing goods or services of one person from those of other persons, it includes words designs, letters, numerals, colors or the shape of goods or their packaging or the combination of thereof. Since Trademarks are directly associated with the… Read More »

Termination of Contract of Employment Under Ethiopian Law

By | September 22, 2010

Do want to know when you can validly terminate a contract of employment as per the Ethiopian Labour Law? If so here are the main points. In Ethiopia the employment relationship between an employer and an employee is governed by The Ethiopian Labour Proclamation 377/2003. According to this proclamation the contract of employment may be terminated by the… Read More »

Setting Up New Business in Ethiopia

By | September 22, 2010

Located in the horn of Africa, Ethiopia is the largest country in the Easter sub-region next to the Republic of Sudan of over 1.14 million square kilometers of land area about 13.2 million hector of 12% is cultivable, 40% is pastureland and this together with seasonal rainfall and abundant water resource has made agriculture the mainstay of the… Read More »

Mining in Ethiopia: Mining Law in Perspective

By | September 22, 2010

Mining is one of the best areas of investment in Ethiopia.  If you wonder to know the legal requirements of mining investment in Ethiopia here are the details. According to the information released by the Ethiopian Investment authority, Ethiopia offers excellent opportunities for mineral prospecting and development. There is favorable geological environment hosting a wide variety of mineral… Read More »

How To Get a Work Permit in Ethiopia

By | September 22, 2010

Travel and Visas in Ethiopia Are you planning to come to Ethiopia for work? Do you want to know how you can get a work permit here in Ethiopian? Here is significant information in this regard. Enjoy reading it. Except some security issues, which are common for any country, there are no travel restrictions in Ethiopia. Except on… Read More »

Foreign Capital Registration in Ethiopia

By | September 22, 2010

Procedures and conditions Do you know the procedures and conditions for foreign capital registration in Ethiopia? According to Article 11.5 of the investment proclamation No 280/2002, all foreign investments recognized and registered by the National bank of Ethiopia at the initial stage of the investment, including investments made through a concessionary or a partnership agreement with the government… Read More »