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The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund

Individuals who lived or worked in lower Manhattan between 9/11 and May 30, 2002 may be entitled to financial assistance from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, also known as VCF.  This federally-funded program was created not only for first responders, but also for certain people who: • Resided in or worked below Canal Street

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Trademarking Colors: A Rainbow of potential issues

In 2012, Nike signed a five-year uniform and apparel deal with the National Football League valued at roughly $1.1 billion.  In a bold marketing strategy, Nike finessed their signature “Volt” color – a lime green hue similar to Pantone 381 C – and slapped that color onto the bottom of all Nike-sponsored players’ cleats and

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How The Parodist “Stole” The Grinch: Fair Use Ruling Upheld

Last month, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City affirmed a ruling which held that Who’s Holiday – a modern play in which the main character, Cindy-Lou Who from Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, is now an adult, humorously engaging in adult behavior – is a parody protected by the

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Disparagement Clause

In August 2015 we wrote about the implications of the Washington Redskins’ trademark dispute.  Following legal efforts by five Native Americans who considered the term “redskin” to be disparaging, a federal judge ordered the cancellation of multiple federally registered trademarks owned by the Redskins, including the team’s name itself.

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Life Rights – What you need to know

You’ve just discovered someone with a compelling story, and now you would like to make a film based on their life.  You begin the process of turning this amazing tale into a worthwhile film when, in the middle of your excitement, it hits you: “maybe I need to get this person’s permission first.  But, how?”

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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 800 million 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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Non-competition clauses in employment agreements: Create a non-Coercive Environment

Restrictive covenants limiting post-employment competition, commonly referred as “non-compete clauses”, have been a widely discussed topic in the legal field for many years.  Non-compete clauses have been extensively contested over their arguable unreasonableness in duration, scope and geography.  Now, though, New York has added a new wrinkle to the mix. In Integra Optics, Inc. v.

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4 Things You Should Know About the Music Modernization Act

On April 25, 2018, the U.S House of Representatives took its first steps towards music industry reform by unanimously passing the Music Modernization Act (MMA).  This bill tackles the current, decades-old music licensing system, and attempts to bring it into the 21st Century.  Although it currently awaits Senate approval, the MMA enjoys wide bipartisan support

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