Basics of Non-Disclosure Agreements

An Overview of Non-Disclosure Agreements in California and What They Should Contain A non-disclosure agreement, also known as a confidentiality agreement or “NDA,” can be an important part of doing business in California, throughout the nation, and internationally. A non-disclosure agreement is an agreement by which two parties agree that the information they share with [...]

A Major National Retailer Has Stolen Your Work, and You’ve Become a Victim of Copyright Infringement: What Do You Do Now?

Photo Credit: Corporate.kohls.com What you do when a major national department store engages in corporate theft and takes all of your art designs, decides to commercialize your work, without your knowledge, and then makes a ton of money selling its own products? Just ask Los Angeles indie artist Lili Chin. Chin recently sued [...]

Tips on Protecting Fabric and Fashion Designs from Infringement

“Imitation is the highest form of flattery,” so the saying goes – unless you are in the fashion industry and wake up one morning to find a major department store or fashion house has completely copied your ideas or products and is now making major money selling them. What can you do to protect your [...]

Overview of Copyrighting a New Work of Authorship

Are you thinking about copywriting a new work of authorship? If yes, congratulations -  it means that you are or are working with a gifted individual in the fields of writing, arts, video, sound, music, Digital media, or others, and are talented enough to protect your new original work from infringement by others. If you [...]

Can a Business Play Spotify or Pandora at Work? Is it Legal?

Can a business playing Spotify or Pandora at work get into trouble? Or is it legal? It seems like having music in the background of your business is essential, especially a customer focused business like a coffee shop or clothing store. It’s more convenient than ever now to supply an endless supply of musical beats [...]

Groovesharrk Shut Down by UMG, Sony, and Warner in Court Infringement Lawsuit

Grooveshark, a music downloading service that was close to its tenth year of operation, has been shut down in a recent court action brought by large recording distributors. UMG, Sony Entertainment, and Warner Music Group, over copyright infringement claims. The settlement came after it appeared that the big record labels were seeking in excess of $700 million from Grooveshark [...]

Uptown Funk Ads Songwriter Credits … to Avoid Copyright Infringement Trouble?

Hit song “Uptown Funk,  written by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars among others, has recently had 5 more songwriters added to the song's credit notes, indicating some concerns about copyright attribution.  Some industry experts are speculating that the recent Pharrell Williams / Robin Thicke verdict may have some influence on the song’s writers and producers. In [...]

Justin Bieber Becomes Latest Victim of Excessive Force Injuries by Security Guards

8Justin Bieber is the latest victim of overly aggressive security guards.  At Coachella 2015, Bieber and members of his entourage and security staff in the V.I.P. area when they were allegedly involved in a scuffle with security. According to TMZ,  the pop music star was being escorted by a member of the Coachella staff to [...]

Who Owns the Rights to Master Tracks? Temple of the Dog Album in Lawsuit by Record Label

Temple of the Dog is at the center of a new lawsuit over the master tracks sole album is now the subject of a lawsuit filed by A&M Records. Ownership of the self-titled effort’s master tapes is being contested between the record label and Rajan Parashar, brother of late Temple of the Dog producer and [...]

Beyonce Photo at the Center of a Copyright Lawsuit

A Los Angeles paparazzi / celebrity photography company Marvix Photographs has filed suit in the California central court for copyright infringement involving a photograph of a  pregnant Beyonce Knowles four years ago.   According to the suit filed, the Atlanta-based gossip website Sandrarose.com used these photos and Marvix received no compensation for them. Marvix licenses photos to [...]

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