Options for Responding to Negative Online Comments, Reviews, and Defamation
Tue, 12 Jun 2018 10:15:00 -0400
Someone posts online a critical comment about you or your company, and it is having a negative impact on your business. What can you do? Reality Check. Realize that not every critical comment qualifies as a defamatory or libelous comment...
When Another Company Duplicates Your Tagline
Tue, 29 May 2018 13:00:00 -0400
Your company has been in business and using the same tagline for a number of years. Another company begins using the same tagline. What are your options? While some might mistakenly refer to the issue as a copyright issue, it...
The Malformed Referral Contest Promotion. How to Fix It. Part Two.
Sun, 20 May 2018 17:16:20 -0400
In my last blog posting, Autopsy of a Malformed Referral Contest Promotion. DOA., I deconstructed the potential legal and public relations problems a local business generated for itself with a lead-generating promotion. In this posting, I discuss how one might...
Autopsy of a Malformed Referral Contest Promotion. DOA. Part One.
Tue, 24 Apr 2018 19:44:22 -0400
With just three sentences, a local business seeking leads for new customers illustrates how a seemingly simple promotion can generate legal and public relations complications when not structured properly. In this malformed promotion, a gym seeking new members described its...
A Few Social Media Etiquette Guidelines
Wed, 07 Mar 2018 15:12:54 -0500
I shared social media business (and legal) etiquette tips as a panelist at a seminar offered at a JA New York jewelry industry trade event. The seminar moderator, Ashley Davis, an Associate Editor at National Jeweler, eloquently described the environment...
Protecting Your Recipes. What Culinary Professionals Want to Know.
Tue, 23 Jan 2018 23:14:15 -0500
Cookbook authors, food bloggers and recipe developers have many questions about protecting, sharing, and adapting recipes. In this blog post, I respond to the 28 questions submitted by culinary professionals during my recent webinar sponsored by the International Association of...
Copyright, Trademark and Other Legal Concerns for Visual Artists
Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:39:24 -0400
While artists need not be legal scholars, there are a few fundamental principles they can embrace to prevent legal problems from creeping into their artwork. I discuss some of those principles as a guest on the ArtMarketingNews.com blog. Here is...
Music Licensing for Business Use – Types of Licenses, Sources of Music & Fair Use
Wed, 12 Jul 2017 19:06:21 -0400
The Copyright Clearance Center’s (CCC) Velocity of Content blog is offering three articles adapted from my recent CCC-sponsored webinar presentation about uses of music within the work and office environment: Music Licensing: The Difference Between Public Performance and Synchronization Licenses...
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...

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