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VARA: How Artists Can Protect Their Rights

As business attorneys, we frequently deal with copyright questions related to graphic arts and other commercial artwork.  Usually this means putting agreements in place to make sure everyone owns the...

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Avoiding Trademark Ownership Pitfalls

We help a lot of small businesses protect their trademarks and one issue that comes up frequently is identifying the correct owner.  This is the very first entry you must...

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Boilerplate Matters in Contracts

I’ve been running into a lot of contracts disputes lately where a party’s rights were potentially affected by missing boilerplate provisions.  Boilerplate generally refers to language that is reused from one...

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Sole Proprietorships

In our previous blog article about choosing a business entity, the first and simplest form of business on the “menu” was the “sole proprietorship.” Notice that we referred to this as...

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Small Case Study: Riches to Rags

When just a couple of customers refuse to pay their invoices, it starts a chain reaction from which the business owner couldn't recover, taking their thriving business from riches to rags