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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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UCC Remedies for Breach of a Contract

When entering into a contract for the purchase and sale of goods, different rules may apply than for other types of contracts.  Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) was developed to try to standardize state laws with respect these types of transactions.  All states have adopted some, but not necessarily all, of the

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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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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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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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What Authors Need to Know About Morals Clauses

To a layman, a book publishing contract may appear like it is written in another language, only known to lawyers.  After all, publishing contracts can be pages and pages of dense paragraphs. In the last few years, it has become popular for publishing houses to insert “morals clauses” into their contracts with authors.  Morals clauses

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