The PROMOTE Act

The PROMOTE Act

Should record labels have the right to pull the music of their artists from radio stations? Certain members of Congress seem to think so. This month U.S. Representatives, Darrell Issa (R-California) and Ted Deutsch (D-Florida), introduced a bill (“Performance Royalty Owners of Music Opportunity to Earn Act of 2017”) in the House of Representatives that gives record labels the option to allow broadcast companies the right to play any songs by its artists. This bill comes after years of push from record labels and artists to have a...

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Spring (2017) Sports + Entertainment Law Conferences

Spring (2017) Sports + Entertainment Law Conferences

  Looking for a sports and entertainment conference to attend this spring? We have compiled a comprehensive list of sports and entertainment law conferences taking place throughout the United States. Continue to check our blog for updates and additions!       New York Bar Association Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section January 23 – 27, 2017 New York Hilton Midtown, NYC CLICK HERE to register   7th Annual Duke University School of Law, Sports and Entertainment Law Symposium January 27, 2017 Duke Law...

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DJ Khaled Seeks to Trademark “They”

DJ Khaled Seeks to Trademark “They”

They don’t want you to register a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. So what do you do? You register it anyway. MAJOR KEY. Snapchat has over 100 million daily active users. But, no user may be as active as DJ Khaled. The Miami-based DJ and music producer has recently taken over the social media platform, frequently posting his personal keys to success. Some would argue that Khaled, most well-known for his 2010 hit, “All I Do Is Win,” has now transcended music and transformed into a mini mogul in the making. As...

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Bowl-Bound College Football Teams: Racial Disparity in Graduation Rates

Bowl-Bound College Football Teams: Racial Disparity in Graduation Rates

Earlier this month Clemson (No.1) and Alabama (No.2) competed in the national championships to determine who would rein champion of the 2015 college football season. What followed was a fight until the end between two powerhouses represented by some of the most talented student athletes from the country. While the athletic prowess between teams in the College Bowl this season arguably was the toughest anybody has seen, the academic careers of some of the players on these teams remain in flux. Most troubling, the gap between the academic...

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Spring (2016) Sports + Entertainment Law Conferences

Spring (2016) Sports + Entertainment Law Conferences

    Looking for a sports and entertainment conference to attend this spring? We have compiled a comprehensive list of sports and entertainment law conferences taking place throughout the United States. Continue to check our blog for updates and additions!   Southwestern Entertainment and Media Law Conference January 14, 2016 Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, California REGISTER (General- $140; Students-$25) Sixth Annual Sports & Entertainment Law Symposium Duke Law January 15, 2016 Duke Law Durham, North...

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“Trademark & Brand Protection for Entertainment Professionals” (Webinar)

“Trademark & Brand Protection for Entertainment Professionals” (Webinar)

On October 27th, The Law Office of Jaia Thomas presents a webinar titled “Trademark and Brand Protection for Entertainment Professionals.” The webinar will provide an overview of trademark and other intellectual property considerations crucial for creative artists and entertainment professionals. Whether a writer, filmmaker, designer or producer, this webinar will provide participants with the legal tools necessary to protect their brand. The webinar will provide a step-by-step guide for successfully registering a trademark with the United...

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“How to Form a Production Company” (Webinar)

“How to Form a Production Company” (Webinar)

    The Law Office of Jaia Thomas presents “HOW TO FORM A PRODUCTION COMPANY” webinar. Whether creating television, film or digital content, this comprehensive webinar will provide participants with all the legal tools necessary to form a production company.     Topics include: Tips for naming a production company The best and worst states to form a production company Tips for trademarking a production company name and logo Legal step-by-step guide for forming a production company Overview of entity structures,...

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Fall (2015) Sports + Entertainment Law Conferences

Fall (2015) Sports + Entertainment Law Conferences

Looking for a sports and entertainment conference to attend this fall? We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of conferences taking place throughout the United States… Sports Law Symposium September 10, 2015 Santa Clara Law School Santa Clara, California REGISTER (General – $150) Intellectual Property in Entertainment and Media Conference September 10, 2015 The State Bar of California Los Angeles, California REGISTER (General – $490; Students – $100) Protecting the Pro Athlete: A Panel Discussion on Employment Issues...

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Spring (2015) Sports + Entertainment Law Conferences

Spring (2015) Sports + Entertainment Law Conferences

        LAW STUDENTS – Interested in sports and entertainment law? We have compiled a list of the key sports and entertainment law conferences taking place this fall:       Keeping it Reel: Clearing and Distributing Real Content in the Digital Age January 15, 2015 Media Law Resource Center and Southwestern University College of Law Los Angeles, CA REGISTER (Registration Fee – TBD) 5th Annual Sports and Entertainment Law Symposium January 16, 2015 Duke Law School Durham, NC REGISTER (Registration Fee...

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Fall (2014) Sports + Entertainment Law Conferences

Fall (2014) Sports + Entertainment Law Conferences

LAW STUDENTS – Interested in sports and entertainment law? We have compiled a list of the key sports and entertainment law conferences taking place this fall:   University of Texas Review of Entertainment and Sports Law’s 6th Annual Symposium September 12, 2014 Registration Price: TBD CLICK HERE for more information Nashville Entertainment Law Symposium September 17-21, 2014 Co-Sponsored with the Americana Music Association Nashville, Tennessee CLICK HERE for more information Entertainment and Technology Law Conference September 23,...

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Jay-Z v. Beyonce – Who Owns More Trademarks?

Jay-Z v. Beyonce – Who Owns More Trademarks?

Last week husband and wife duo, Jay-Z and Beyoncé, kicked off their “On The Run” tour in Miami, Florida. Over the next six weeks they will be performing their hits in an array of cities ranging from Atlanta to Dallas. The tour is on track to sell almost 1 million tickets and gross close to $100 million. Jay-Z and Beyoncé are undeniably world-wide multimillion dollar brands (Jay-Z has an estimated net worth of $550 million whereas Beyoncé has a net worth of $350 million). Trademarks are usually one of the many tools artists and...

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Lower Trademark Filing Fees Coming to the USPTO?

Lower Trademark Filing Fees Coming to the USPTO?

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is currently proposing a reduction in filing fees for certain filing methods. Under the current filing structure, there are three methods an applicant can submit their trademark application: (1). Paper Application (the filing of a paper form with the USPTO); (2). TEAS Application (electronic application filing system that permits applicants to make a “free-text” entry for their goods and services, as opposed to relying on the USPTO Acceptable Identification of Goods and Services...

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