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Copyright Law DMCA - Do You Own Your Car (Or Tractor)?

There are some interesting developments going on in the world of Copyright Law, specifically, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The DMCA was passed in the 90s ostensibly to protect against hackers breaking digital locks or protection on so… Read More
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University of Texas Havoc Trademarks

The hiring of Shaka Smart by the University of Texas may lead to a trademark dispute between UT and Smart’s former school Virginia Commonwealth University. Shortly after the hiring of Smart, Texas filed for trademark registrations for “Ho… Read More
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What the heck is Trade Dress?

Most people are familiar with trademarks in logos and words. However, a lot fewer people realize that the actual packaging for a product and the design of a product can serve the same function as a trademark. This is known as Trade Dress. One promine… 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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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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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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