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Two things you need before starting a label

A lot of my clients are entrepreneurs and look to start their own labels to help some of the great talent in Austin get their careers to the next level. Here are two things that I recommend every label do before starting. First, you need to get contr… Read More
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Defining The Employment Relationship

One source of conflict that often occurs in the entertainment industry involves the employment relationship. There are many pitfalls for both the employee, employer, or independent contractor that can be easily avoided with the help of an entertainme… Read More
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Why You Should Register Your Trademark

Many people seem unaware of the importance of obtaining a Trademark Registration for their brand. Whether you are a small band, a large corporation, or anything in between, a Trademark Registration is vital. Now many lawyers when asked why a Trademar… Read More
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Copyright Registration: A Necessity

All of my clients are concerned with protecting their intellectual property. In the realm of copyright law, one of the most important steps an artist must take to protect their copyrights is to register their works with the copyright office. While it… Read More
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The Importance of the Trademark

One aspect of the entertainment industry that I see even my most sophisticated clients ignore is branding and trademarks. The function of a trademark is to help consumers distinguish between the source of goods and services. So for example, seeing th… Read More
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Film Finance

Austin has a reputation as a great place for aspiring motion picture producers. One of the questions I have encountered in my entertainment law practice concerns how to get the financing necessary for getting the production off the ground. Many simpl… Read More
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The importance of band agreements

One of the unfortunate things I’ve noticed during my representation of bands is how few of them have a band agreement. This even includes many bands that have taken the time to organize as an LLC. I cannot overemphasize how important having a b… Read More
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Austin Entertainment Law Blog Announcement

Due to popular demand, the focus of this blog will be changing from national intellectual property issues to entertainment law issues relevant to Austin, Texas. In my entertainment law practice I run into many issues on a recurring basis and thought… Read More
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Monster Trademark Story

There was an excellent trademark story in the Wall Street Journal this weekend here that illustrates very well the issues this blog is intended to address. This story details how Monster Cable Products, Inc. has challenged hundreds of trademarks to t… Read More
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Categories: Trademark Law

Wisconsin Slogan Possible Trademark Issues

Wisconsin’s new state slogan “Live Like You Mean It” is causing a bit of a stir among some trademark holders. Although no lawsuits are pending or threatened some have voiced concern. Apparently, “live like you mean it” h… Read More
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Categories: Trademark Law

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