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SAG-AFTRA’s Code Of Ethics Could Seriously Affect Management Businesses

On March 4, 2014, SAG-AFTRA enacted its Personal Manager Code of Ethics and Conduct to “better promote an honest and ethical relationship” between the Union’s members – actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, broadcast journalists, stunt performers, puppeteers, voiceover artists and other media professionals – and their managers. By signing the Code, personal managers of SAG-AFTRA-affiliated

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Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey – Is This What’s to Come for New Public Domain Characters?

Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey is a new R-rated horror film which centers around Disney’s Winnie the Pooh, but in an unexpected and shocking way.  Winnie-the-Pooh: Blood and Honey focuses on Winnie the Pooh and Piglet’s struggles after being abandoned by Christopher Robin.  These characters are forced to survive on their own, becoming increasingly distressed and

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Weighing Your Options: An Author’s Guide to Option Clauses

For authors, signing a literary agreement can be both exciting and nerve-wracking.  While authors may be thrilled to see their books in print, they need to ensure that they’re getting the best deal possible.  Literary agreements include many provisions that authors should pay particularly close to, including clauses that address copyright ownership, royalties and subsidiary

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Your Standard Severance Agreements May Now Violate the NLRA

Companies often part with employees, whether through furlough, termination for cause, or mutual agreement.  When employees leave a company, they sometimes sign an agreement detailing the terms of the separation.  It is common for these severance and settlement agreements to include non-disparagement, confidentiality, and non-disclosure clauses.  However, a recent National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision

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5 Legal Tips To Protect Your Business On Instagram

Instagram has evolved from a mere personal space for posting pictures and videos into a massive platform that connects over 1.3 billion monthly active users.  Over the past five to ten years, many of these users have found ways to capitalize on the outreach that Instagram affords by starting businesses through the site itself.  From

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What To Know Before Selecting a Title For Your TV Series

In the streaming era, more television shows are being produced and made available to the public than ever before.  In the last three years, there has been almost a 20% increase in unique program titles, so television producers must take significant care in naming their series to avoid overlap with the titles of existing series.

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Licenses Needed to Open a Dispensary in California

California became the first state to allow medicinal cannabis when it passed the Compassionate Use Act in 1996.  Today, cannabis is legal in California for medicinal and adult recreational use, and has become a significant industry in the state, with sales reaching $4.4 billion in 2020. Though the sale and use of marijuana is legal

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Automatic Renewal Provisions May Not Be So Automatic…

Recent developments in New York law may cause you to think twice before placing an automatic renewal provision in your contract. In 2008, Isaac Asimov’s daughter, Robyn Asimov, and widow, Janet Asimov, hired Trident Media Group (TMG) to represent the Asimov’s estate as its exclusive literary agent.  TMG was engaged to “maintain, sell, license and otherwise exploit”

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What Authors Should Know About Agency Agreements

Navigating the literary world as a debut author can be a difficult and frustrating experience.  Many successful authors choose to hire a literary agent to help them through the publishing process.  Literary agents help authors by providing their industry knowledge and leveraging their connections to help sell an author’s book.  Before an agent will represent

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What Authors Should Know About Subsidiary Rights

The publishing industry is a complex business that includes many different aspects of content creation and distribution. Because of this complexity, publishing agreements contain many provisions that may not be familiar to authors such as morals clauses, options clauses and subsidiary rights.   One of the key revenue streams for the industry is the exploitation of

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