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Understanding New York Civil Rights Law §50-a

Advocacy groups have long clamored for the repeal of New York Civil Rights Law §50-a, otherwise known as the Police Secrecy Law.  Organizations such as the Legal Aid Society and Communities United for Police Reform pushed for the repeal of §50-a in light of the Black Lives Matter movement, arguing that police officers could not be


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How to Protect Trade Secrets in New York

Updated: June 30, 2020 You, like many fellow business owners, may have confidential information or business “secrets” kept under lock and key. Secrets could be a family recipe for the next restaurant, a coding algorithm built over the years, client list developed in the business, manufacturing processes or data and research compiled within a company.


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Music Sampling Rights: What You Need to Know

Like many forms of art or expression, music is protected by copyright law. When using pre-existing music created by someone else to create a so-called “derivative work”, a license is usually necessary.  What rights do you need to license for music sampling? A single piece of music may have multiple copyrights attached to it, all


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Are Ideas Protected by Copyright Law?

If you have a great idea for a movie or product and want to pitch it to someone, how can you keep the idea from being stolen? Alternatively, if someone comes to you unsolicited with an idea, do you have to pay them for using it?  Many people think you can copyright an idea and


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Do You Have Permission to Use That Image?

In a digital world where you can find most any content you want online for free, it is easy to think you can use someone else’s photo, graphic, logo, chart or another image for your own purposes. It makes everyone think, do you have permission to use that image? Celebrities are even guilty of this.  Dozens


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Non-competition clauses in employment agreements: How to Create a non-Coercive Environment

Updated: June 30, 2020 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


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