Paul I. Menes

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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Don’t Turn A Blind Eye. You Can Get Sued If The Disabled Can’t Access Your Website

Almost every business has a website to market their information, goods or services.  But, there’s one type of marketing you don’t want your site to accomplish—getting you sued. Websites have become a hotbed of litigation brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”).  Generally speaking, websites need to be as accessible to individuals with disabilities…

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That Sucks For You. But, it doesn’t have to if you’re aware of this.

The Internet Corporation of Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) is the international company that oversees what are called generic top-level domains (“TLD”). These are .com, .net, .org and the others we’re all familiar with and likely use for our businesses and brands. Recently, ICANN approved and delegated about 550 new TLDs. One of them is “.sucks”…

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Psssst.. Your Confidential Information May Not Be Safe

You probably use confidentiality or non-disclosure agreements and confidentiality clauses in various types of business agreements. (I’ll refer to all of these collectively in this blog as “NDAs”).  Their purposes are to protect your valuable confidential or trade secret information (“CI” for purposes of this blog), which are at the heart of a business’s value.…

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Some Reality Show Stars Don’t Know Rights From Wrong…Or, Do They?

In an article for The Recorder, Paul I. Menes, Co-Head of the Entertainment and Media Practice at Adli Law Group, discusses the Jenners’ and Kardashians’ regular and repeated infringements of intellectual property and publicity rights of others since 2011. He asks and discusses whether they don’t know any better, or just don’t care”. To read the…

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What Do You Mean We Have A Contract?!

Contract formation is one of the oldest forms of human interaction.  It dates back to the oral contract forming Adam and Eve’s deal with God to live in the Garden of Eden (which of course led to the first breach of contract action—very harsh ruling), progressing to contracts in Neanderthal times created by grunts and…

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