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The Equifax Breach, and what you should do to protect your credit

While this post is not, strictly speaking, on the “Entertainment Law” beat,  several clients asked me about it, and I addressed their concerns in my e-newsletter (sign up in the sidebar).  On recommendation from a friend, I'm reposting it here as a service to readers.

DISCLAIMER: I'm not a data-security expert, and the above should not be considered legal advice. This is not an exhaustive list of recommendations. If you deal with sensitive, confidential or private information, it's your responsibility to ensure you're following prescribed protocols. If you need help, contact me, and I'll be happy to refer you to a qualified expert.

By now, you've certainly heard that credit reporting company Equifax suffered a massive data breach over the past few months, and that means that we are all much more vulnerable to identity theft. According to news reports, the breach affects somewhere around 143 Million people… nearly half of the U.S. Population. The hackers not only got identities, they also stole addresses, Social Security numbers, birth dates and driver’s license numbers, and even some folks' credit card numbers.

A few of my clients and friends have asked me what they can do to protect themselves. Here's what I've learned.

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Merry Christmas

hohohoIt's hard to believe that Christmas Eve has arrived already.

Christmas, in America, is a very commercial holiday. In fact, much of our nation's economy depends on the season to survive. Here in Hollywood, our industry isn't quite that dependent on the holiday, but each year there are myriad holiday movies, tv specials, plays and musicals. In the music industry, it's hard for a recording artist NOT to give in to the pressure to release a bundle of holiday recordings, and the music publishing industry can count on those old-favorites being revisited each year.

But amid all this commercialization of Christmas, let's not forget the most important components of the Christmas season. Religion aside, Whether Christmas is *your* holiday or not, you can't deny that for most, this is a season for family gatherings and sharing joy, nostalgia and optimism.

I, for one, want to share my heartfelt gratitude to all of my family, friends, clients, colleagues, students, blog and e-mail readers, podcast listeners, and everyone else with whom I've come into contact this past year. You have made this a year of happiness and success. So, thank you!

I especially want to give thanks for my wonderful family. My wife, children, and extended family have enjoyed good health, prosperity and happiness.

I wish the same to you and yours.

Merry Christmas!

P.S. (I can't resist a little commercialism of my own), If you're still looking for that perfect holiday gift for a loved one (or yourself), it's not too late to buy a copy of my ebook,

or sign up for the Theatre Producer Academy online course

Thank You!

Gratitude.

Did you know that scientific research shows that people who express gratitude regularly are happier? Happier people are healthier, so by extension, gratitude is good for you!

Did you know that the scriptures of most major religions include references to gratitude practice? Essentially, they're all variations on the theme that “he who is grateful for what he has will receive more, and he who is ungrateful will have things taken away.” Fascinating.

Well, I'm grateful. At this time of year, I find myself expressing it more, but it's there year-round.

I want to offer my heartfelt thanks to each and every one of my readers, listeners, viewers, clients, colleagues, friends, and family members. You each contribute to making my life a rich one, filled with awe, excitement, abundance and joy.

Here in the U.S., we celebrate our Thanksgiving holiday this week, but there's no reason we can't extend the spirit beyond our borders. Give it a try. See if you can name a few people or things that you're grateful for. Really experience the feeling.

What have you got to lose?

 

Client Alert – Scammers targeting California Business Entities.

Client Alert – Scammers targeting California Business Entities.

The Secretary of State of California has sent out a consumer alert to warn California businesses about a scam operation. If you receive a letter requesting that you submit $49.50 along with a form, etc. to “California State Corporations”, to receive a Certificate of Status for your business entity, do not respond. This is not… Continue Reading

Learn the secrets to successful crowdfunding!

If you’ve got a project you’re thinking about crowdfunding, you’re in luck. Crowdfunding works… if you know how to do it right. My friend and client Adam Leipzig, CEO of Entertainment Media Partners, will be conducting his “Going Beyond the Basics” Crowdfunding Webinar on March 18th. This webinar will teach you the basics of crowdfunding… Continue Reading

Just. Don’t. Do it.

No shooting until EVERY member of your cast and crew has signed a contract.   Seriously.   Last week, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a startling ruling in a case involving an independent film. In the Innocence of Muslims case, the Court ruled that an actress who played a small role in the… Continue Reading

How to get the best deal possible: Negotiation strategies I learned from my 5 five-year-old.

Kindergartens must have upped their game. It seems they’re teaching negotiating skills. At least, that’s what you’d conclude from talking to my five-year-old. He has an uncanny knack for getting what he wants.   Here are a few tips I’ve picked up from observing my kids in the wild. I think they apply equally well… Continue Reading

Warranties and Representations – What these contract clauses really mean.

If you’re like most of the entertainment industry folks I come into contact with, you’ve signed a few contracts in your day. And, if you’re like most of those folks, those contracts have required you to make certain “warranties and representations”. But, what’s interesting to me (and a little scary) is that when I ask my clients whether they’ve read and understood what they’re signing, often as not, the answer is either a blank stare, or a simple “No. That’s what I have you for.” Continue Reading

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