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Are Ideas Protected by Copyright Law?

If you have a great idea for a movie or product and want to pitch it to someone, how can you keep the idea from being stolen? Alternatively, if someone comes to you unsolicited with an idea, do you have to pay them for using it?  Many people think you can copyright an idea and


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Age Discrimination in Employment

Many people think of age discrimination as only affecting the elderly. However, the age at which an employee is protected from discrimination impacts a significant portion of the working population under federal law.  New York law takes a step further safeguarding most employees regardless of age.  The best way to minimize age discrimination claims is


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How to Compel Specific Performance of a Contract

When there is a breach of contract, the non-breaching party typically sues for monetary damages. There is a specific performance of a contract. In some instances, that party would rather have the court force the other party to comply with the terms of the agreement. In that situation, the non-breaching party can ask the court


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Should You Trademark Your Business Name or Your Logo?

The short answer in most cases is both. As a business owner, you may be looking to strengthen the protection of your brand – but you may not know the difference between trademark protection for your business name and your logo.  Should you trademark your business name and logo? Business owners may have the following


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ADA Guidelines Cooperative Dialogue

As of February 8, 2020, New York State will be expanding the scope of anti-discrimination laws to include ALL employers within the state, not just those with 4 or more employees.  Because the law will now apply to more employers than ever, a refresher course is in order.  Under both federal and state law, it is illegal to discriminate


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Employee Whistleblower Claims in New York

New York Law protects “whistleblowers” who report illegal conduct by employers. There have been employee whistleblower claims made in New York. This law is meant to encourage public and private employees to speak up when they witness their employers engaging in unlawful activity. Employers cannot retaliate against such employees or employee whistleblowers.  If they do,


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Understanding Basic Overtime Laws in New York

The Recent and Upcoming Changes to Minimum Wage Laws in New York The New York Minimum Wage Act, implemented on December 31, 2018, required that all employees working in the state receive at least $11.10 an hour.  This minimum wage increase has affected overtime rates, depending on various unique provisions based on where a business


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Music Sampling Rights: What You Need to Know

Like many forms of art or expression, music is protected by copyright law. When using pre-existing music created by someone else to create a so-called “derivative work”, a license is usually necessary.  What rights do you need to license for music sampling? A single piece of music may have multiple copyrights attached to it, all


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