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Monthly Archives: July 2021

The Invisible Episode

The Invisible Episode

The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update, is now available for your enjoyment. Listen here, or subscribe and download in your favorite podcast listening app.  Show notes are located at www.entertainmentlawupdate.com/135

  • COPYRIGHT PREEMPTS RIGHT OF PUBLICITY IN STERN LAWSUIT
  • ANOTHER SCOTUS DECISION POTENTIALLY THREATENS STATUTORY COPYRIGHT DAMAGES
  • NEW SCOTUS RULING: SCHOOL DISCIPLINE FOR SOME  OFF-CAMPUS STUDENT SPEECH UNCONSTITUTIONAL
  • NCAA RELEASES DECISION REGARDING COLLEGE ATHLETES
  • SACHA BARON COHEN WINS ONE FIGHT, STARTS ANOTHER
  • ANOTHER OFFICER TRIES TO USE COPYRIGHT TO STOP RECORDINGS
  • LA COUNTY COURT TRIES TO MISUSE COPYRIGHT TO TAKE DOWN RECORDINGS
  • INVISIBLE SCULPTURE SPARKS LITIGATION THREAT

Defending against knockoff-artists and copycats?  The struggle is real!

Defending against knockoff-artists and copycats? The struggle is real!

I'm working on something new…

Recently, I've had conversations with several information product and online-course creators who've faced copycats and knockoff artists who steal their programs and content.  It's a frustrating problem… and it's growing!

Registering your copyrights and trademarks provides a degree of protection, but unless the owner of the material is prepared to pursue costly legal action, there's not much of a remedy available.

Sometimes, even sending a cease-and-desist letter can be tricky and can even lead to costly litigation.

There's got to be a better way!

Fortunately, I've been able to help these folks develop some additional strategies to act as deterrents, to provide swift recourse to take-down illegitimate copies, and to allow for actions in which legal fees may (sometimes at least) be paid by the defendant.

Join my waitlist

I'm currently preparing something, (white paper? webinar? mini-course?  I don't even know yet). What I can tell you is that it will teach you how to implement some less obvious, but effective strategies.

Want a sneak-peak?

https://www.gordonfiremark.com/something-new

How the spice of life saved my bacon!

How the spice of life saved my bacon!

This past 16 months have been hard for everyone… with the pandemic-related shutdowns and restrictions, so many business have been hit hard. When it all began, I was fearful. I knew that film, television and theatre production ( my most significant law practice areas) would basically be dormant… and that meant my practice could well be stagnant (or worse) for who knows how long?

They say that Variety is the spice of life! Well, I'm a believer!

Fortunately, I had built some variety into my practice and my life. As a podcaster, I've always devoted some energy and resources to that community, and I'd been doing some online teaching for a while already, too.

Luckily, those skills have been in demand, and the world of podcasting has taken off!

So, I'm grateful for the diversity. I'm grateful to whatever power or influence guided me to develop these new practice areas and skillsets.

Coming out of the darkness

But now, as we start to emerge from the darkness, and film, tv, and theatrical productions resume, I'm grateful for that as well. It's good to see the sunshine again. The arts will recover.

If you rely on just one thing for your income, I urge you to consider diversifying. Develop something else that you can rely on in case things come crashing down again. Call it a side-hustle, call it moonlighting, call it diversification, whatever. I'm betting you've got some unique, special bit of knowhow or expertise that would provide value to others… so why not look at expanding on that? (and if you want a little advice or help exploring that, let me know… I'm happy to help.)

What actually IS a podcast network, anyway?

What actually IS a podcast network, anyway?

This week, I’ve been head-down on a couple of projects for start-up podcast networks. Every network is a little bit different, but they all have a few common hallmarks. Here are some examples:

Overall character of the relationship. Is the host a gun-for-hire, or an owner of the show? What are the responsibilities of the host/podcaster? What does the host/podcaster receive as compensation/benefit for being part of the network? Continue Reading

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