The saga of litigation over the scope of the California Resale Royalty Act (CA Civil Code § 986) has come to an end. The Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal brought by artists including Chuck Close and Sam Francis after the appellate court found a portion of the Act unconstitutional. While both sides […]
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Disclaimer: This article is an informative guide pertaining to the legal doctrine discussed. DO NOT TAKE THIS ARTICLE AS SUBSTITUTE FOR LEGAL COUNSEL. Although any information on the current state of the law is thoroughly researched it is intended as INFORMATION, NOT advice. Secondly, this article is tailored to the 9th circuit (Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Nevada, California, Arizona, and […]
Disclaimer: This article is an informative guide for artists to conduct preliminary research pertaining to their legal rights. DO NOT TAKE THIS ARTICLE AS SUBSTITUTE FOR LEGAL COUNSEL. Although any information on the current state of the law is thoroughly researched it is intended as information, not advice. Secondly, this article is tailored to the 9th circuit (Montana, Idaho, […]
Sweepstakes, contests and giveaways are more popular than ever on social media platforms. Such promotions are amazing tools that can help promote a brand or website. While promotions are excellent ways to increase brand awareness, they also come with legal risks. Before running a social media sweepstakes, it is important to take into account several […]
Imagine you are an artist that has an exclusive relationship with a particular gallery. The gallery and artist are to split any proceeds from sale of works 50/50. The gallery is to show the artist’s works in three shows every year. The artist is to produce 20 works for the gallery every year. In year […]
2014 was a profitable year for start-ups. Thanks to easy-to-use apps, a “glam squad,” a personal driver, and even your own personal butler are just a few clicks away. Tech start-ups, like Shyp, eliminate the need for running to the post office, and the Humin app takes the effort out of having to remember things […]
Back in the 1980s-90s, when the Sony Walkman was the hot new must-have item, people started making mixtapes as caring gifts to friends or heartfelt confessions of love to a sweetheart. Being born in 1989, I only caught the tail end of the golden age of cassette tapes, but I often see references to this […]
What Are Termination Rights and Work For Higher Limitations? Smokey Robinson sued his wife, Claudette Rogers Robinson, seeking declaratory judgment that he may terminate and “recapture” the copyrights to all the songs he wrote during their marriage, and that she cannot claim interest in them under California community property law. So, what are Smokey’s termination […]
The modern artist relies on symbols and acronyms more then ever. These techniques are commonly used in the urban art scene, in which artists need to convey authorship in an anonymous and unique manner. A symbol or name can quickly convey who created the work, a necessity in a world where street art is commonly destroyed immediately […]
For filmmakers, navigating the issues of clearance can be difficult and daunting. Obtaining licenses to feature clips or images can be impossible or expensive, but going without licenses could halt your film from ever getting to distribution. Recall the film Blackfish, a documentary about Sea World’s capturing and subsequent handling of orca whales. The film […]
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