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May 26, 2016

A song is two works in one

What is a song? In the music industry, it is more than simply putting pen to paper and fingers to an instrument. A song is both the musical composition (music and any accompanying words) and the sound recording. The musical composition may include the phonorecord of your song (disc or...

May 23, 2016

Thoughts On: Dispute Resolution (Part II)

Previously I discussed the merits of a binding arbitration clause and the strategic and tactical implications such clauses. As I wrote in that prior post, the decision to agree to mandatory binding arbitration is weighty. Arbitration can be very costly as the parties to a dispute must pay fees to...

May 19, 2016

The Hidden Legal Issues Facing Your Business

As a Los Angeles-based attorney for small businesses, I’ve found that most clients understand the core legal issues relevant to their business. For creative enterprises, as one example, copyright, trademark, and trade secrets laws loom large. There are, however, a host of other legal issues many clients are unaware of....

May 12, 2016

Thoughts On: Dispute Resolution (Part I)

As a Los Angeles transactional attorney, I regularly draft and negotiate contracts for clients. One issue that arises in every deal is the mechanism for dispute resolution. The parties to a contract can agree to whatever form and method of dispute resolution they prefer in the event of a dispute....

May 9, 2016

4 questions you should ask attorneys before hiring them

In the attorney-client relationship, it is important that the client feels empowered. I tell all of my clients that they are in the driver’s seat. I work for them, and I will offer my best and most sound advice, counsel, and recommendations. Ultimately, however, the client calls the shots. Like...

May 5, 2016

The top 4 reasons to read the fine print in your contract

There is fine print language at the end of almost every contract that may appear to be less important than the rest of the contract (it's not). Many people call this boilerplate language because they assume it is full of standard, unimportant, put-me-to-sleep, lawyerly clauses. How many times have you...

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