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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 rights they need to own.  These are well-settled areas of law that don’t often surprise me.  But copyright law is full of surprises; sometimes it […]

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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 fill out on the application, and it is easy to enter the information without giving it careful attention.  But the correct identification of the owner […]

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How Much Anonymity do Anonymous LLC’s provide?

I’ve written in the past about anonymous LLC’s. See the list of blog articles here. What I’m often asked, is just how much anonymity is provided by Anonymous LLC’s, and I think the topic is good enough to write a blog article focused on it (I know, about time). It’s really interesting talking to people […]

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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 contract to the next.  It usually has little to do with the substance of the contract.  It is easy to ignore.  But when it matters, […]

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Considerations when Buying a Partnership Interest

Although we have covered in some detail the necessary steps and issues encountered when creating a new business, we have not discussed what you need to consider when buying “into” a business, i.e. buying a partial interest in an existing business entity. Specifically, we have several inquiries posted to our Law 4 Small Business website asking […]

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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 a business “form” rather than an “entity.” That’s because the business is not an entity – it is YOU. As pointed out in the prior article, […]

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