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March 24, 2016

It's usually better to ask for permission rather than forgiveness

The U.S. Supreme Court recently rejected a petition for certiorari in a slightly-under-the-radar case, Towle v. D.C. Comics. The case involves unauthorized copies of the Batmobile that Mr. Towle built and sold. In this instance, Mr. Towle was building replicas of the Batmobile, but he had not asked for permission...

March 21, 2016

How do I "copyright" my work? The answer may be easier than you think.

As an entertainment lawyer, I represent artists, photographers, authors, screenwriters, scriptwriters, playwrights, designers, lyricists, songwriters and other creative professionals. One commonly-asked question I get all the time is “how do I copyright my work?” The answer is easy—once you have written, or painted, or sculpted, or recorded, or otherwise permanently...

March 7, 2016

Take an active role in your legal representation

I like to tell my clients they are in the driver’s seat. As their attorney, I am the navigator. My job is to advise them on the law, make the best recommendations I can, and provide the most lucid explanations for those recommendations. But, ultimately, the client is in control....

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