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Do You Have the Chutzpah to Take a Gamble on Fair Use?

When I was a kid, my siblings and I played a board game called Chutzpah, which is a lot like Monopoly, only the “properties” weren’t things like Boardwalk, Park Place and Marvin Gardens – but Son Marky’s Bar Mitzvah with Velvet Yarmulkes, Weekend in the Catskills and Yacht Named Gevalt III.  Rather than draw cards labeled “Community Chest”

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S-Corporation vs. C-Corporation: Which One is Best for Your Business?

When you are launching a new business, it is a good practice to set up a separate legal entity for the company, such as a corporation.  Incorporation allows you to protect your personal assets from business creditors, creates a formal legal structure for operating your company, provides tax benefits and may make your company more

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What You Should Know About NFTs

Non-fungible tokens or NFTs have become hot commodities in recent years. Celebrities, artists, and entertainment companies are offering NFTs for millions of dollars in some cases and collectors are buying them up. However, this is a new and evolving area. As a result, there are people on both sides that do not fully understand what

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St. Louis vs. NFL: 3 Takeaways from a Multi-Billion-Dollar Relocation Lawsuit

In April 2017, the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County and St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority (the “plaintiffs”) filed a lawsuit against the NFL, all of its teams, Stan Kroenke (the Rams’ team owner) and other individual owners for breach of contract and other claims in connection with the Rams’ relocation

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Was Your Trademark Rejected for Failure to Function?

Registering your trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is a good practice because it gives you the enhanced ability to enforce your rights against trademark infringers.  However, not all trademarks qualify for registration.  One reason your trademark may be rejected is because of its “failure to function” as a source identifier.

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What is Copyright Fair Use?

Ever wonder how your favorite YouTube star can create a parody of a hit song without obtaining the permission of the artist of the original work?  Or how a teacher can distribute photocopies of a book to her students without the author suing for copyright infringement?  The answer lies in the fair use doctrine.  The

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Hollywood’s Tangled Web: Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Black Widow’ Lawsuit and Actor Payout in the Age of Streaming

Updated: October 1, 2021 The coronavirus pandemic completely upended the movie and entertainment business.  Film shoots were scrubbed, theaters closed, release schedules were overhauled and the industry’s long-running shift towards streaming content was forced into overdrive.  That shift to streaming has since caused a major disruption in studio relationships to filmmakers and movie stars.  Several

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What Do Sports Agents Owe Their Clients? How the Contract History of New York Knicks’ Nerlens Noel Might Change NBA Agent Dynamics

National Basketball Association (“NBA”) player Nerlens Noel’s (“Noel”) lawsuit against high-powered sports agent Rich Paul (“Paul”)—who reps LeBron James and other NBA All-Stars—has shone a spotlight on the player-agent relationship.  The lawsuit raised the question: what do agents owe their clients?  No matter its outcome, the case could have long-lasting impacts on the player-agent landscape.

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What Should You Do If You Are a Victim of Harassment in the Workplace?

Harassment in the workplace is a form of discrimination and illegal under federal, state, and some local laws.  While employers are required to take steps to prevent and respond to complaints of harassment, employees who have experienced harassment often find themselves struggling to enforce their rights.  If you feel you have been harassed at work,

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