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Month: May 2014

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Will Donald Sterling’s legal arguments help him rebound?

Donald Sterling has been in the news non-stop for the last few weeks and it seems that won’t be changing anytime soon.  A hearing scheduled for Tuesday June 3rd will bring together the National Basketball Association (“NBA”) Board of Governors for a vote to determine if Sterling will retain his control of the Los Angeles


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What you should know about Work for Hire

Many people mistakenly believe that if they hire someone to create something for them, it is automatically considered a “work for hire.”  Whether you own a small business and are engaging a graphic designer to develop logos and website content, or a production company seeking a director for a new feature film, understanding work for


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To Compete or Not to Compete?

From small start-ups, to large corporations, to non-profits: the significant increase in the inclusion of non-competition clauses in employment agreements is staggering.  A concept often associated with high level executives, the clause has become prolific throughout the corporate ladder. The goal is to avoid unfair competition. A non-compete clause, sometimes referred to as a covenant


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When it comes to commercial leases, don’t ignore the fine print!

So, you found your new office space in New York City.  You considered some helpful tips during the process and maybe even engaged an experienced broker to help negotiate the main deal terms.  You think you’re ready to sign on the dotted line.  But, wait!  As with all business contracts, never ignore the details of


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‘You May be Right’ – That song could be yours again

Pat Benatar, Journey, Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel… these are just some of the artists that may be able to reclaim the rights to their music.  How?  The 1976 United States Copyright Act (“Copyright Act”) has a provision that allows “authors” (such as recording artists) to recapture the rights to work that they had previously


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Looking for office space? 5 tips for securing a commercial lease in NYC

Whether you’re a startup looking to move into your first office, or a small- or mid-sized business (SMB) trying to expand or relocate, finding the perfect commercial space may help take your business to the next level.  Negotiating a commercial lease in New York can be a time-consuming and overwhelming process.  Before executing an Agreement


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Selling a startup or small business: 5 things you should know

On April 23, 2014, tech marketplace Grand St. announced that it was being acquired by New York city-based E-commerce website Etsy.  One week earlier, Twitter revealed it was purchasing social data provider Gnip.  Last month, Facebook bought the virtual reality business Oculus VR for $2 billion. With the economy on the rise and competition for


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