[CGL ALERT] Gaudio et al v. Spotify USA INC.

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Creative Genius Law is the strategic legal partner for creative entrepreneurs and innovative businesses. We work with creators to secure licenses for film, tv and music projects. If you’d like to start the conversation, submit an intake here.



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[CGL Alert] Supreme Court of the United States Strikes Down the Ban on Disparaging Trademarks

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Federal trademark law has always prohibited the registration and ownership of federal trademarks that may disparage … persons, living or dead, institutions, beliefs or national symbols. The U.S. Supreme Court. It applies specifically to racial and ethnic groups, and was the basis for the Washington Redskins losing their trademark in 2014. A music group, The Slants faced the same issue. The U .S. Supreme Court struck down the federal statute that prohibited these types of marks as a violation of The First Amendment right to



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[CGL Alert] Kevin Powell v. Lionsgate Entertainment Corp.

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Creative Genius Law is the strategic legal partner for creative entrepreneurs and innovative businesses. We work with creators to protect and monetize their content through a copyright and licensing strategy If you’d like to start the conversation, submit an intake here.



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[CGL Alert] Art Basel v. Adidas

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Creative Genius Law is the strategic legal partner for creative entrepreneurs and innovative businesses. We work with brands to develop, protect and monetize their trademark strategy. If you’d like to start the conversation, submit an intake here.



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[Think Like Adidas] A trademark lesson for independent creators.

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You’ve started a collection of signature t-shirts with dope, original phrases. They sell better than even you expected. People love them. You expand the brand — mo’ phrases, mo’ shirts, mo’ money. You apparently possess a great mix of hard work and luck, because now even celebrities don your goods. You’ve almost arrived. You start penning that plan to quit your day job because now it’s possible. You’re even considering shopping your shirts around to major retailers (only until you get



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Four legal issues in your crowdfunding campaign.

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You are a creative entrepreneur with a massive vision expanding every day. Some of your friends have run successful crowdfunding campaigns for their businesses and you’ve wondered if you should do the same. Before President Obama signed the JOBS Act in 2012, you could only give your crowdfunded investors (or backers) rewards. You know? A signed t-shirt. An autographed print. Limited edition tote bag. Now, with the JOBS Act, Title III equity crowdfunding rules approved by the Securities and Exchange



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[#PrinceTaughtUs] Legal lessons we can learn from Prince about creative entrepreneurship.

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Prince was no stranger to legal matters and doing what was necessary to protect his intellectual property ownership. In 1993, we saw him change his name from Prince to The Artist Formerly Known As… in order to get out of a contract with Warner Brothers. Then, there was the 2008 Coachella débâcle where he sent similar takedown notices to YouTube demanding removal of his performance of Radiohead’s song “Creep.” In 2013, we saw him send DMCA takedown notices to Vine for six



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[Creative Entrepreneurs] Why I care about you so much + how I landed here.

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“Maybe creative entrepreneurs wouldn’t have to always work so hard because one day, their intellectual property would start to work for them.” -Patrice One of the questions I’m asked most often when people find out what I do is “How did you get here?” Initially, it seemed that random lightbulb moment landed me here (as an attorney for creative entrepreneurs) but that’s not the case at all. My ultimate decision to dedicate my life’s work to creative entrepreneurs, innovators and change



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Why you should hire a Trademark Attorney + the real cost of DIYing your trademark.

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If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you probably understand just how important it is that you own the trademarks for your brand. You may be toying with the idea of just handling it yourself. You’ve searched Google for identical brands. You’ve searched the United States Patent and Trademark Office website for your brand name. You’ve peeked at the trademark application and it looks simple enough. Plus, you have friends who’ve told you how easy it is and that



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How to stop being a starving artist.

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Typically, when we hear the phrase, “starving artist” we think of an artist in the traditional sense — visual artists, poets, writers, right? But, when I talk about the starving artist mentality I am referring to it in a broader sense as it applies to entrepreneurs of all disciplines. How many times have you: Charged less than your product or service was actually worth because you were too scared to charge more? Held on to a client or customer longer than



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