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A Look At Co-Publishing, Sub-Publishing, and Administration Agreements By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. In a prior installment, we examined the traditional songwriter and music publisher relationship, including reviewing some standard clauses that an artist would find in many publishing arrangements.  We will now explore a few other contractual relationships that can exist between a music...
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.Trademark Law 101: Trademark Renewals For Marks Registered In The U.S. By Jeffrey E. Jacobson, Esq. & Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. After a trademark application has been successfully prosecuted and registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (U.S.P.T.O.), the owner still has on-going obligations, including the duty to preserve the registration in an...
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NBA 2K League 101: An Introduction To The NBA’s Fourth League By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. With the global explosion and continued expansion of esports and professional gaming, one of the world’s most profitable traditional sports leagues, the National Basketball Association (NBA) established their fourth league, the NBA 2K League. The new competitive gaming league...
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Music Modernization Act Signed into Law By Jeffrey E. Jacobson, Esq. Congress recently passed the Orrin G. Hatch-Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act, which the President signed into law on October 11, 2018. This act, otherwise known as the MMA, creates a new governing body jointly run by music publishing companies.  This new entity will administer...
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Copyright Small Claims By Jeffrey E. Jacobson, Esq. Based on a 2013 study by the Copyright Office, legislation has been introduced in Congress to establish a “Small Claims” copyright adjudication system.  The current bill would create a three “judge” panel called the Copyright Claims Board within the Copyright Office.  This new tribunal will be modeled...
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Trademark “Scams” – Fraudulent Trademark Notices For Renewals, Monitoring Services and Registries By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. In recent years, there has been an increase in the creation of official “sounding” entities sending out authoritative “looking” communications to listed trademark owners.   There are a variety of notices sent out to owners at their listed addresses...
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Music Licensing for Restaurants, Nightclubs & Bars By Jeffrey E. Jacobson & Justin M. Jacobson As more and more individuals are visiting local culinary and entertainment establishments to enjoy themselves, the need for the business owner to entertain their crowd has become of paramount importance.  Many establishments, including restaurants, nightclubs, bars and other publicly accessible...
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Why and Where Does an Entertainment Attorney Fit? By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. Being that I’m an entertainment attorney, I would be remiss to not acknowledge the inherent bias in this article; however, whether you work with me or one of my colleagues around the globe, the usage of a competent attorney or legal representative...
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A Brief Look at Trademarks & The Principal vs. Supplemental Register By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq. One constant question posed by clients and a frequent option offered in an Office Action Letter from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (U.S.P.T.O.) is the potential of registering a mark on the “Supplemental Register.”  This is often misunderstood...
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Protecting Your Investment: What the E-2 Treaty Investor Needs to Know About Brand Protection By Justin M. Jacobson, Esq., Associate & Pablo G. Velez, Esq., Of Counsel Investing in a new or existing enterprise in the United States can be an advantageous proposition.  As the E-2 Investor is well aware, having a company with a...
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