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Breaking Down a Side Artist Agreement

A side artist agreement is a contract, typically between the main artist (or sometimes the artist’s label) stating the terms under which a vocalist or instrumentalist is hired to perform on one or more tracks.  They are generally one-time employment contracts that establish that the side artist’s performance is a work-made-for-hire for the benefit of


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Keep It Confidential! New York Non-Disclosure Agreements

Whether they call it a “Confidentiality Agreement” or a “Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA),” many New Yorkers begin their business deals with a contract governing the sensitive information that they might exchange with one another.  Employers hiring or firing employees, tech companies with trade secrets and parties exploring a potential business relationship all routinely find themselves in need of a well-drafted NDA. Although NDAs are often


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The Book Stops Here: What the DOJ’s Blocking of the Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster Merger Means for the Publishing Industry

Just over three months after a highly publicized trial, Judge Florence Y. Pan issued an opinion blocking the merger of two rival publishing houses, Penguin Random House (“PRH”) and Simon & Schuster (“S&S”).  Both PRH and S&S are members of a group commonly referred to in the publishing industry as the “Big 5.”  The “Big


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Does My Employer Have to Give Me Time Off to Vote in New York?

You’ve heard it said over the airwaves ad nauseum as election day approaches – regardless of your political affiliation, it’s important to get out and vote.  Unfortunately, this is often easier said than done since Election Day is neither a federal nor state holiday.  However, many states, including New York, have laws that require employers


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Follow the Money: New York City’s Wage Transparency Law

New York City’s Wage Transparency Law goes into effect on November 1, 2022, making it mandatory for employers to share the salary or hourly wage in job postings.  Specifically, the law provides that when employers with four or more employees post an advertisement for a job position or promotion, the employer must also list the


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Does Your Business Need Terms of Service and a Privacy Policy?

Visit most websites and you are likely to see in the page footer mention of a privacy policy and terms of service (also known as “terms and conditions,” “terms of use” or simply “terms”).  These statements may also appear when you are registering for an online account, accessing restricted content, purchasing goods or services online, or


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Deepfakes and Intellectual Property: What You Should Know

Celebrity identities have been fraudulently manipulated in hyper-realistic videos, known as deepfakes, since the technology became widely available in 2017.  In October 2022, Bruce Willis denied claims made by a deepfake company that he had “sold the rights to his face” in an apparent bid to extend his acting career past his retirement.  Even though


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What You Should Know About Work for Hire

Many people mistakenly believe that if they hire or employ someone to create something for them, the work is automatically considered a “work made for hire.”  Whether you own a small business and are engaging a graphic designer to develop website content, or a production company seeking a director for a new feature film, understanding


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Understanding Music Royalties

The music industry is an economic powerhouse, earning an estimated revenue of $8.8 billion in 2021 alone.  Despite the industry’s monstrous success, key players such as recording artists, record labels, songwriters, composers and music publishers – the heart and soul of the music industry –often leave a substantial amount of money on the table.  The


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Can I Sue for Defamation?

Defamation claims are based on the facts and circumstances surrounding a published false statement of fact.  If there is a true case of defamation, and you or your business were damaged as a result, then those damages can be compensable through a successful civil lawsuit.  However, not all disparaging statements result in liability, and claims


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