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Supreme Court Copyright Case Involving First Sale Doctrine

There is a big copyright case being argued in front of the Supreme Court this week. The crux of the case is the inherent conflict between the First Sale Doctrine and copyright owners’ desire to market their goods internationally. Here is a link… Read More
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Copyright/Trademark and Fashion

The Wall Street Journal recently wrote an article about intellectual property protection as it relates to the fashion industry. There are a few things to keep in mind when fashion and IP law intersect. First, you cannot copyright a fashion design in… Read More
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The Wonderful World of Fair Use

One of the most commonly misunderstood concepts in copyright law that I encounter is fair use. It should be said at the outset that you cannot just take content that is on the internet and use it for your own purposes because of “fair use.̶… Read More
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Non-Compete Contracts

Many clients of mine have unwittingly signed contracts in which they promise not to compete against their employer after their relationship terminates. I have seen some pretty outrageous contracts in which essentially the employer tries to make it so… 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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