November 13, 2019
The counterfeit industry is reportedly worth $1.2 trillion per year. That’s trillion with a “T”. According to Chavie Lieber at Vox, “counterfeits have also been linked to funding terrorism and other rings of criminal activity.” Lieber goes on to show how Instagram (particularly Instagram Stories, which disappear after 24 hours and therefore are difficult to track) has helped lead to the explosion of knockoff goods. Trademark owners do have one way to combat this issue: they can register their trademarks with U.S. Customs (also known as Customs and Border Protection or “CBP”). CBP regularly inspects goods brought in at various…
October 24, 2019
Sponsorships are a common form of advertisement on social media as well as new media (such as podcasts and video streams). A sponsor is a person or company who pays to support someone else and receives something in return, like the right to a podcast advertisement. Anyone who is or works with a sponsor should have a written agreement that describes the terms of the business relationship. This post will identify the top 5 things that belong in a Sponsorship Agreement. I’ve written in the past about related topics, such as Legal Rules for Influencers on Social Media and Social…
October 9, 2019
On September 18, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law AB5, which is intended to redefine who is classified as an employee while working in the state. AB5 expands on and codifies the California Supreme Court’s 2018 ruling in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court, which I wrote about in this blog post: Big Change in California Independent Contractor – Employee Law. It’s being written about as a law that applies primarily to gig economy “companies such as Uber and Lyft“, but the impact of AB5 will likely go far beyond Uber drivers. The full text of AB5…
September 25, 2019
There are a lot of circumstances when a well-crafted waiver document will be an asset for your business. A waiver is simply an agreement whereby someone agrees not to bring a legal claim in the case of a loss or injury. You agree to waivers all the time, often without even knowing it. When you go to a concert or a game, your ticket almost always includes language stating that you are assuming certain risks and agreeing not to sue. The same thing happens when you enter a parking lot, go in for a medical procedure, or attend a conference….