Illegal Promotions All Around Me. A Real-Life Example of How Merchants Get Contests & Sweepstakes Wrong - and How to Fix It.
Wed, 31 May 2017 13:40:13 -0400
Promotions and give-aways can be a low-cost, easy, and engaging method of garnering positive attention for a business. However, some business owners do not realize that contests and sweepstakes must comply with an assortment of laws and regulations. That failure...
Resource on Rights Clearance & Copyright. What’s New in the Updated & Expanded 2nd Edition
Fri, 26 May 2017 14:09:30 -0400
THE PERMISSION SEEKER’S GUIDE THROUGH THE LEGAL JUNGLE® Clearing Copyrights, Trademarks and Other Rights for Entertainment and Media Productions Second Edition, Updated & Expanded (Read Complimentary Book Excerpt Here.) The Permission Seeker’s Guide Through the Legal Jungle explains the rights...
How Selecting Music for a Dance Recital Exposes the Complexity of Music Law
Tue, 09 May 2017 19:11:49 -0400
A dance company plans to use several musical recordings in conjunction with a dance recital and queries whether its use of the music requires a license. That seems like a simple question. Yet, it quickly becomes complicated as the dance...
25 Key Points about Using Music in Your Business
Wed, 03 May 2017 13:34:26 -0400
Companies use music for the instant vitality, emotion, and specific mood that music can inject into a promotion, presentation, or a room. Companies are often uncertain about how they may legally use music, which uses require a license, and the...
Does the Fearless Girl Violate the Copyright of Wall Street’s Charging Bull?
Thu, 13 Apr 2017 18:54:19 -0400
In the late 1980’s, artist Arturo Di Modica created a 7,000 pound bronze bull statue, “Charging Bull”, and surreptitiously placed it in front of the New York Stock Exchange. Di Modica calls the statute a symbol of prosperity and strength....
Streaming Music Services in the Workplace. Which Business Use Is Permissible?
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:00:29 -0500
Thousands of recorded songs are easily available thanks to Pandora, Spotify, Amazon’s Prime Music, and other streaming music services. Under which circumstances may a business use these services? In preparation for my "Using Music at Work" webinar presentation, I perused...
Using Music at Work – Free Webinar on February 23, 2017 at 1 p.m. ET
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:20:58 -0500
I am the speaker for a webinar about uses of music within the work and office environment. The Copyright Clearance Center is sponsoring the complimentary webinar to take place on Thursday, February 23, 2017 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm...
Don’t Use Contest Rules Like These. A Real-Life Example of Deficient Contest Rules.
Sat, 14 Jan 2017 14:35:19 -0500
Recently, I encountered the following short paragraph that professed itself to be rules for a contest. The gist of the paragraph remains intact but I have altered details to protect the contest-rule-drafting challenged. {Contest Sponsor} invites you to enter its...
Adding Music to Your Company Video
Thu, 17 Nov 2016 14:19:22 -0500
Your company produces a short video. To make the video more interesting, your company adds a popular song as a soundtrack. Your company now wants to post the video online. Any problems with that? Yes, a few. There are a...
Obtaining Personal Consent and Release via Placard Notice. Does It Really Work?
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:46:31 -0400
Your organization is hosting a festival, a seminar, a book-signing, a musical concert – or other event that will attract attendees. You want to capture images of people enjoying your event – and then share those images in news reports...

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