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Here’s Looking at You, Kid.  What To Know Before Employing Minors in California

Behind child actors such as Iain Armitage, and child influencers such as Ryan’s World and Niana Guerrero, there are the contracts that made their success possible.  California labor laws and the California Family Code require that contracts with minors include provisions to ensure that children are not exploited because of their youth.  While not every


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What is a Morals Clause?

A morals clause generally grants employers the exclusive right to end a contract in the event an employee engages in behavior that may be harmful to the employer’s image.  Morals clauses are commonly found in employment agreements between companies and high-level executives, or throughout the entertainment industry in many different contexts (e.g., contracts between advertisers, television networks,


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Key Contract Terms for Musicians and Managers

Most musicians want nothing more than to spend time creating and performing.  But being a professional artist also involves running a business – a responsibility that not all musicians can undertake.  Hiring an effective manager is one way that artists can ensure they have plenty of time to hone their craft.  In addition to handling


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What is a Corporate Resolution and When Do You Need One?

Many business owners choose to incorporate or form a Limited Liability Company (LLC) to protect their personal assets from business creditors.  In order to limit personal liability, entities must respect specific corporate formalities.  Among these include complying with annual filings, avoiding the mixing of company funds with the owners’ assets, holding required meetings and using


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How Can Trade Dress Law Protect Your Products and Services?

If you have done your due diligence as a business owner or designer, you’re probably already aware of the importance of trademarks and how they increase and protect your brand value.  Trade dress is a type of trademark that protects the distinctive overall look and feel of a product or service.  This may include elements


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New York’s Anti-SLAPP Statute Packs a Punch

In November 2020, New York expanded its free speech protections through a new anti-SLAPP law.  The statute seeks to deter lawsuits against parties who speak out on an issue of public interest when the purpose of the suit is to discourage individuals from exercising their First Amendment rights.  Both sides should pay careful attention to


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What to Know When Hiring a WGA Writer

The Writers Guild of America, known as the WGA, is a labor union that represents writers in television, film and new media.  Because the WGA negotiates collective bargaining agreements with studios and has secured many benefits, including guaranteed minimum salaries, residuals, writing credits, pensions and health plans, professional writers tend to be members of this


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What Songwriters Should Ask Before Working With a Music Publisher

There are many types of songwriters in the music industry.  Like Taylor Swift, some songwriters write songs for themselves to perform.  Others, like Meghan Trainor and Chris Stapleton, began their careers writing songs for other artists.  For example, Trainor has written several hits for groups like Rascal Flatts and Fifth Harmony, while also writing most


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How to Protect Your Cannabis Brand

The legalization of cannabis in several states has prompted the growth and creation of many cannabis companies in recent years.  In fact, the cannabis industry is expected to make $72 billion annually by 2030.  With the industry becoming an increasingly competitive space, cannabis companies should protect their brand by obtaining trademarks.  Trademarks range from a


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When Must New York Employers Pay Employees for Their Unused Paid Time Off?

The Empire State has some of the most comprehensive legal protections for employees in the country.  Employees in New York State have a right to paid time off under the state’s paid sick leave law.  Understanding this law, among other relevant employment statutes in New York, is key to navigating your rights as an employee


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