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...
Legality of Fantasy Sports - Gambling or Not
Mon, 12 Sep 2016 13:15:00 -0400
The fantasy sports industry nearly imploded in 2015. While several factors fueled that near detonation, chief among them was a belief that fantasy sports games are actually illegal lotteries or illegal gambling games. Since the 2015 implosion, eight states, including...
Copyright Implications of Protecting Tattoos. Questions Raised by NBA 2K Video Game Lawsuit.
Tue, 06 Sep 2016 13:00:00 -0400
NBA 2K is a video game series developed and released annually since 1999. Each game features animated, realistic versions of National Basketball Association (NBA) players. The 2014 and 2015 NBA 2K renditions include depictions of NBA players LeBron James, Kobe...

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