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This section contains short primers, which are meant to serve as practical guides for lawyers, artists, businesses and users by simplifying legal and technical jargon. If you would like to contribute or collaborate on such primers, please use the contact page to get in touch.

Encrypt Your Mail: Learn how to secure your e-mail (the digital equivalent of sealing an envelope) by encrypting your communications. By doing this, you can protect yourself from hackers, surveillance and targeted advertising. Although encryption is a complex system,  this primer uses images and illustrations to make things simple and technical jargon understandable.

Manage Your Passwords: Passwords are the keys to our digital lives. Not only are they hard to remember, but wisdom dictates they should never be reused. Here is a primer on how to generate complex passwords, save them in a secure database and also use them with a single-click.

License Your Copyright: As a copyright owner, you may wish to allow third parties to use your work (photos, code, songs, videos) for a specific purpose. The Copyright Act prescribes certain conditions for a valid license agreement. This primer explains how to go about this process.

Send a Take Down Notice: Digital technologies have changed how copyright works for two main reasons – it is possible to make perfect duplicates without any loss in quality and distribute them easily to any part of the world. This primer explains how to put a stop to unauthorised uses of any copyrighted content by having the infringing copy removed.

Register a Trademark: When setting up a new business, it is important to differentiate your goods or services from those of a competitor. A logo, slogan, distinctive packaging or a website can go a long way in making your product or service stand apart. This primer explains how to register a trademark in India and the benefits of doing so.

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