Paul I. Menes

No Fake News Here. Your Website or App Content Can Get You Sued for Copyright Infringement, Unless It Complies with New Law

President Trump regularly says you can’t trust the media.  He’s 100% right — if he’s talking about a type of digital media.  This would be the third-party content, such as videos, photos, and posts to chat rooms, bulletin boards, and discussion forums, that are hosted on a site or app (“Site(s)” for purposes of this…

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What’s in A Name? Everything If Your Name Is Kylie Jenner

We’re saturated with Kylie Jenner.  She has a celebrity.  She’s all over reality TV as a Kardashian adjunct.  She regularly graces the covers of tabloids.  She has tens of millions of followers as a social media icon.  She has a burgeoning career as a fashionista, either selling or planning to sell clothing, cosmetics and accessories.…

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Your Start-Up Will Stall If It Doesn’t Own Its IP

As I’ve emphasized in other writings, the single most important asset of any business is its intellectual property (“IP”).  Sure, good management is very important, but executives and other managers can (and do) come and go.  A start-up’s IP, like a diamond, should be forever (or at least until it’s sold or tra nsferred).  Among…

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Always Use Protection! – Submitting Your Ideas Without Getting Ripped Off

Just about everyone at one time or another has come up with an idea for a movie, TV show, product or service.  They’ve seen or are aware of how much money can be made in such endeavors, figure their ideas are as good as anyone else’s, if not better, and decide to take a shot…

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Something to Learn From Carrie Fisher

My oldest and closest friend likes to say: “Our time on Earth is the vacation, so we better enjoy all of it.  When we die, we go back to work.”  Yes, he’s a little twisted, but I think he’s spot-on.  We too soon lost so many of talent’s royalty in 2016 – a Princess (Leia–…

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How Influencers Can Influence More Revenue and Stay Out of Trouble

In an article published in Bloomberg Law, Paul I. Menes, Co-Head of the Entertainment and Media Practice at Adli Law Group, and known as The Influencer Lawyer ™, discusses relevant issues, suggested solutions, and best practices for social influencers. He discusses how they can maximize revenue, protect their rights and original content, not infringe the rights…

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What Happened to Jared Leto Shouldn't Happen to Any Artist

How could this happen? Recently, Oscar-winning actor and multi-platinum recording artist (with his band, 30 Seconds to Mars), Jared Leto had one of his entities file a copyright infringement action against several defendants, for publishing a video on celebrity news site TMZ.com featuring Leto talking disparagingly about pop star Taylor Swift. The video was shot…

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Are Your Online Term of Use/Terms of Service Still a Binding Contract? Likely Not Anymore.

A website or app’s Terms of Use or Terms of Service (its “TOU”) is the contract between the site and its customers/users/visitors (“Users”).  As with any type of contract, whether written (physically or digitally), oral or formed by conduct, mutual manifestation of assent is required for that TOU to be enforceable. A TOU governs such…

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Employers Have a Strong New Weapon To Protect Against Theft of Their Trade Secrets —If They Know How to Qualify For It

Fact–the theft of trade secrets, much of it cyber-theft, annually costs American businesses approximately $320 billion, with over 75% of trade secret lawsuits over the last two decades being brought against employees.  To aid employers, Congress in May passed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (the “Act”).  The Act adds a federal cause of action against…

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Brands, Beware Too Much Influence Over Your Influencers

In an article for Law360, Paul I. Menes, Co-Head of the Entertainment and Media Practice at Adli Law Group, analyzes the possible effect of the recent California Supreme Court decision in Dynamex Operations West Inc. vs. The Superior Court of Los Angeles County can have on brands that use social influencers.  Dynamex, which will apply to all…

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