Monthly Archives: May 2009

Speaking at LA County Bar Association

I'm pleased to have been asked to join  an impressive panel of lawyers, including internet defamation attorney Adrianos Fachetti; class action attorney H. Scott Leviant; Barger & Wolen Marketing Director Heather Milligan, and mediator attorney Victoria Pynchon, to discuss how lawyers can use and benefit from social media.

The Details:

Los Angeles County Bar Association's Second Annual Small Firm and Solo Practitioner Conference, June 24-25.

Social Networking For Lawyers: A Roadmap to Success
Thursday, June 25. 9:15 – 10:30 a.m.

In this interactive session we will explore the buzz surrounding social networking and social media tools and how solo and small firms practitioners can effectively employ them to communicate with current clients; control your messaging as you reach out to new clients and the media; and to meet, network and collaborate with colleagues.

Our panel of solo and small firm attorneys will discuss their experiences with blogging as a social media tool, and we will spotlight several social networking applications, including Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. By calling upon their personal experiences, our panel will highlight best practices for how you can incorporate these and other Web 2.0 applications into your business development, PR and networking activities.

You don't want to miss this event!

Theatrical Lighting Designers may soon be required to be licensed in Texas

Update:  According to those in the know (and some of our comment authors), the licensure requirement is unlikely to survive the reconciliation process with the House bill.  Apparently, this licensing requirement was added by state Senators late in the process, and is not part of the original bill authored by Rep. Smith.. Stage Directions magazine… Continue Reading

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Copyright Registration System under fire – part 2

In part I of this series, I discussed the current backlog on registrations at the copyright office.   Here, I discuss a more fundamental issue which questions the very validity of every copyright registration. Questions about the validity of U.S. Copyright Registrations may require dismissal of every copyright suit!? In most U.S. District Courts, copyright registration… Continue Reading

Copyright Registration System under fire – Part 1

Entertainment Lawyers are always quick to advise their clients to register copyrights in their work.  Today, however, a couple of issues have arisen that make me wonder if  the current US Copyright registration system isn’t in trouble. Major Backlog at the Copyright Office raises questions about the whole system. First, the Washington Post reports that… Continue Reading

How not to use the internet to find investors for your film or theatre project.

In recent weeks, I’ve begun to see more and more independent filmmakers and theatre producers using forums, chat rooms, and other internet-services to seek out investors for their projects. In most cases, these inquiries are couched in plain language: “Seeking investors for independent film” or similar. Unfortunately for these producers, their use of the internet… Continue Reading

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