April 2014 | Romano Law


Month: April 2014

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Liable for libel in fiction: Narrative filmmakers beware

Typically, the most common filmmakers concerned with potential defamation claims against their films are documentarians.  After all, documentaries are fact-based and intended to spread a message of truth, while narratives are fictional. Narrative films, however, can be subject to defamation suits, especially when based on or inspired by actual people.  What happens when a narrative

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Yelp, small businesses and the law of online reviews

More and more consumers are turning to the Internet before making purchasing decisions.  The more than 50 million customer reviews on Yelp bring 120 million visitors to the website each month.  At the same time, online business review sites have found themselves embroiled in increasing legal controversy. In January, a Virginia court held that businesses

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How to buy an existing domain name

A customized website domain name can (a) assist in marketing efforts, (b) help develop brand identity and (c) provide fast and easy access to prospective customers.  But what if the domain name you want is already taken? You may be weighing the costs of buying that perfect Web domain for your small or medium-sized business

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NYC’s Earned Sick Time Act: Is your small business ready?

On March 20, 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed amendments to New York City’s Earned Sick Time Act into law.  The new regulations took effect on April 1, 2014.  The revised law impacts half a million more employees than the initial legislation passed back in June 2013. City workers and lawmakers see the Act as

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Kickstarter to Conglomerate: Facebook Buys Oculus

Last month, Facebook reached a $2 billion deal to buy Oculus VR, a company dedicated to developing virtual reality devices.  Before the big buyout, Oculus made a name for itself as one of the most successful Kickstarter projects ever; it raised over $2.4 million with the help of more than 9,500 backers. Many of Oculus’s

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Bitcoin for small businesses: Congress takes note

This Wednesday, April 2, 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Small Business held a hearing entitled “Bitcoin: Examining the Benefits and Risks for Small Business.”  On Monday, two days before these lawmakers and their distinguished panel of experts convened in Washington, D.C., we explored the same topic here at Romano Law. As in

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