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
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.
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
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
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
The Business Judgment Rule is a long-standing principle that is intended to protect directors and officers from liability arising from decisions they make in their corporate capacities. Generally, a court will defer to the decision of a director or officer as long as their decision was made in good faith and with a degree of
On October 11, 2018, the Music Modernization Act was signed into law. The CLASSICS Act, which ultimately became part of the Music Modernization Act, is an acronym for “Compensating Legacy Artists for their Songs, Service, and Important Contributions to Society.” The CLASSICS Act was consolidated into the Music Modernization Act on April 10, 2018, which
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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