Monthly Archives: January 2013

Why Small Business Owners need to think about intellectual property protection

Every small business owner knows that time and money are important assets. But how many consider the value of their intellectual property? How many small businesses even consider that they own any intellectual property?

Sadly, too few small business owners have ever consulted an attorney about their IP assets. Often as not, those that DO consider their IP as assets don't believe they can afford to work with expensive lawyers or to get involved in costly lawsuits. Yet, small businesses are most at risk from theft of these valuable elements. Where larger companies may be able to sustain the lost value of an asset, small businesses cannot.

The good news is that, most of the time, protecting intellectual property can be very cost-effective. Even lawyers' fees may seem surprisingly modest, especially when you consider what's at stake.

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How to deal with unauthorized changes to the text of a play or musical

I've been practicing as a theatrical entertainment attorney for over 20 years now. Recently, I've seen an uptick in the number of inquiries I get from playwrights, composers and lyricists who are concerned about the integrity of their material when produced by third parties. They're talking about unauthorized “cuts” to the show. We've all seen… Continue Reading

Why you need an entertainment attorney to help negotiate your television acting deals.

Why you need an entertainment attorney to help negotiate your television acting deals Not long ago, I was contacted by the manager for an actor who appears on a major network television program that’s just been picked up for its second season. This actor feels he’s undervalued on the show, and wants to renegotiate his… Continue Reading

“Tinseltown” doesn’t just mean Hollywood anymore.

When clothing manufacturer Topson Downs sought registration of the term “Tinseltown” as a trademark for belts, blazers, sweatshirts and t-shirts, the trademark office refused the registration. The USPTO examiner reviewing the application concluded that, because ‘Tinseltown’ is a term used to identify the region of Los Angeles also known as “Hollywood”, the use of the… Continue Reading

Happy New Year 2013

Happy New Year! If you’re reading this, you’ve survived the Mayan apocalypse, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve! Last week, I took a moment to thank folks for everything great that happened in 2012, Now, I want to share some of my hopes, aspirations and plans for 2013. Helping Entertainment Professionals Achieve Their Dreams This year,… Continue Reading

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