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Ready, Aim, Fyre: Legal Lessons From Fyre Festival

The news has been alight with disastrous tales of Fyre Festival, the unforgettable musical experience that never was.  Unsurprisingly, the festival has been hit with multiple lawsuits and more are likely in the pipeline.  To add fuel to the fire, the festival’s pitch deck was leaked and the internet has wasted no time in picking


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Independent Game Developers – What to Keep in Mind

The independent game developer doesn’t need to be told how valuable it is to protect their work.  However, many choose to take short cuts, use online contract generators or proceed on handshakes.  Developers work hard to create complex worlds and innovative ideas in gaming, and now more than ever it’s important to be knowledgeable about


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Is Your Talent Agency Agreement Fair?

You’ve met a talent agent, and you think it might help your entertainment career.  Unlike a talent manager whose principal duty is to advise and manage your career, an agent’s role is primarily focused on helping you find work.  Agents also assist in making connections and negotiating contracts.  Typically, the agent will require you to


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Life Rights Agreements – What You Need To Know

You are a creative person who has found out about someone with a compelling story, and you’d like to develop a book, TV show or film based on their life.  But in the middle of your excitement and creative rush, it hits you: “Maybe I need to get permission first, but how?”  Here is what


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Protecting an Idea Part II

If you’re looking to protect your valuable idea, make sure to check out Part I of this series, found here. But, what happens when it’s already too late?  You had a great idea, spent a lot of time working on it, and then you find out someone is using it without your permission!  Here are


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The U.S. Copyright Office Proposes Change in the Music Industry

The United States Copyright Office wants the oldies to become “goodies,” as demonstrated in its February 2015 Report that promotes equal protection for pre-1972 recordings. Music streaming companies profit from broadcasting chart-topping hits of earlier decades, such as the 50s and 60s, without obtaining a license because these songs lack federal copyright protection.  The U.S.


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You Can Still “Party Like it’s 1989” to “This Sick Beat”: What it Means if Taylor Swift’s Lyrics Receive Trademark Protection

A slew of not-so-pleased fans continue to express their disapproval with Taylor Swift after learning that she is seeking trademark protection of her popular song lyrics.  Some critics claim that Swift is “going to war” with fans, while others describe the crackdown as “shrewd.”  One music group has even gone so far as to record


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