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Nine Clauses To Include In Your Live Music Agreement

You just booked the gig of a lifetime.  You’re getting your merchandise together, rehearsing your show and planning the best setlist, when the promoter calls to tell you she wants a live performance agreement in place.  Don’t panic!  Live performance agreements are an important way to provide clarity and manage expectations for the artist, promoter

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Can You Be Served by NFT With a Lawsuit?

When it comes to being served with court papers, the stereotypical image that comes to mind is that of a process server chasing down a defendant with a complaint and summons in hand.  This form of service – personal delivery – is the most straightforward method, although there are several other established ways to serve

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What Is the California Family Rights Act?

The California Family Rights Act (CFRA) is the state’s version of the federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  It allows eligible employees to take up to twelve workweeks of unpaid leave for certain family and medical reasons without jeopardizing their job security.  While the two laws are similar, generally, CFRA covers a wider group of

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Do Employees Have a Right to a Lunch Break in California?

Most employees expect to get a meal break, but employers may not necessarily be required to give one.  It is important to understand the rules, as federal and California laws vary on whether an employee has a right to a lunch break, and if so, when and how they must be provided. Does California Require

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Waiver Requirements in California Settlement and Separation Agreements

A waiver or release of liability is a standard provision in many types of contracts, especially settlement and separation agreements.  For example, when an employee leaves a job, an employer will typically require the employee to sign a severance or separation agreement that waives their rights to sue and releases the employer from liability for

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No, You Don’t Own Your Arrangement of That Hit Song

A guitarist contacted me recently.  He creates arrangements of popular songs and puts the PDFs of the music for sale on his website.  The first thing I asked him is whether he got permission from the copyright owners of the songs to post his arrangements, being pretty sure he hadn’t.  He was quite surprised and

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Should You Use a Shopping or Option Agreement for Your Creative Work?

If you have written a book or screenplay, you may be interested in turning it into a film, play or television series.  However, pitching a project to buyers or financiers can be challenging.  It can be helpful to work with a producer interested in either obtaining the right to “shop” the work or “option” the

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Chanel’s Trademark Troubles: A Fashion Faux Pas

Few names in the world of fashion are as ubiquitous as Chanel.  Except for perhaps Dior or Prada, the brand and its iconic logo, comprised of interlinked Cs for its founder, Coco Chanel, are easily recognizable.  Easily recognizable, too, is the Chanel No. 5 fragrance, bottled in a clear rectangular glass container with a matching

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Joke Theft is No Laughing Matter

Comedians have likely been stealing jokes for as long as jokes have been told.  Professional comedians make their livelihood off their own original jokes through a variety of ways including, most recently, asserting public performance rights.  As a comedian, what options do you have if someone steals your stuff? What is Joke Theft? Joke theft

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