# Four Things to Consider Before Trademarking a Hashtag

By: Marie Smith

If you’re a social media veteran, you probably already know to use hashtags to add context and humor to your posts (“This has been the longest week ever #TGIF #LetTheWeekendBegin”) or to search for specific content (“#SelfDrivingCar”).  Hashtags are popularly used on major social media platforms including Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr and Pinterest.  In recent years, hashtags have become driving tools for online interaction between businesses, entertainers, and consumers.    (more…)

Ending an Employment Relationship – What Companies Need to Include in the Break Up Letter

By: Anjana Puri

Let’s face it – running a business is tough, and its needs may change as the business develops.  If you find yourself exploiting a different market than initially anticipated or losing money, you may have to reassess your staffing needs.  In some cases, you may find yourself faced with the hard decision of having to terminate employees who have worked at the company for years. (more…)

Instagram Famous: The Feds are Watching

By: Marie Smith

You like to stay on top of the trends, and Instagram is one of the best places to find out what’s new and cool.  One of your favorite celebrities just posted about a new product she says looks great, feels great and IS great. Now you NEED to get it for yourself!

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Authorized vs. Issued Shares: What’s the Difference?

By: Anjana Puri

Starting your own business can be complicated.  From deciding which corporate entity to use to structuring equity in the company, each decision needs to be well-thought-out in order to ensure the success and longevity of your business.  If you choose to incorporate, you may wonder how to structure ownership of the company to promote long term growth.

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Independent Game Developers – What to Keep in Mind

By: Leah Norod

The independent game developer doesn’t need to be told how valuable it is to protect their work.  However, many choose to take short cuts, use online contract generators or proceed on handshakes.  Developers work hard to create complex worlds and innovative ideas in gaming, and now more than ever it’s important to be knowledgeable about the legal landscape.  Indie developers who are concerned with protecting themselves and their games should ask themselves the following questions:

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Equity Crowdfunding: Don’t Blab (Part 2)

By: Marie Smith

In Part 1 we looked at what you can say about your equity crowdfunding offering before and after your campaign begins (after filing the required Form C).

So, you patiently waited and you didn’t tell anybody about your plans until you filed.  NOW you can go shout about it from the rooftops, right? Not so fast, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) still wants you to keep things tight-lipped.

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Equity Crowdfunding: Don’t Blab (Part 1)

By: Marie Smith

Hey there Madam / Mr. Entrepreneur.  Congrats!  You’ve got your start-up up and running and you’re ready to go with your amazing new business!  Of course, you need capital to make the dream real and you’ve already asked all your friends and family to chip in and invest.  Your buddy who went to business school introduced you to a great option: equity crowdfunding.  But before you dive right in and tell your whole #squad, remember the following:

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Is Your Talent Agency Agreement Fair?

By: Marie Smith & Shaliz Sadig Romano

You’ve met a talent agent, and you think it might help your entertainment career.  Unlike a talent manager whose principal duty is to advise and manage your career, an agent’s role is primarily focused on helping you find work.  Agents also assist in making connections and negotiating contracts.  Typically, the agent will require you to sign a talent agency agreement.  Before you do, keep these tips in mind before you sign on the dotted line:

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