September 2020 Archives

When you may be able to file a legal malpractice claim

Most people, at some point in life, require assistance from an attorney -- whether for personal or business-related reasons. They do their due diligence and seek out legal counsel whom they believe will be a good fit for their needs. While many New York residents have had successful encounters with their attorneys, others have not been so fortunate. Sometimes things do not work out as one expects, and in some cases, legal malpractice is to blame.

Suing isn't your only option after legal malpractice takes place

Legal malpractice is, at its core, a problem that happens when an attorney does not do their job and causes an error that harms the client. Attorneys are held to a high standard and do need to follow specific rules of ethical and professional conduct. If they do not meet the standards of the legal community, then they could be sued by their clients and held liable for legal malpractice.

Copyright Law: Appeals court sides with "Jersey Boys" producers

The ins and outs of copyright law are sometimes difficult to understand. In the case of artistic works, it is often left up to attorneys and judges to determine what might constitute a violation of the law. One recent case that went all the way to an appellate court may have set a precedent for future copyright law cases when a judge decided to overturn a jury's verdict. The case was in relation to the musical "Jersey Boys," which ran here in New York for several years, and whether the work infringed on an unpublished autobiography of one of the members of The Four Seasons. 

Intellectual property litigation involves claims against Swift

Creative works are often very dear to those who create them. If individuals or companies believe that another person has taken liberties with their work, including infringing on copyrighted material, serious problems could arise. In fact, it may be necessary to move forward with intellectual property litigation if such infringement occurs.

If your attorney is rude, can you sue?

When you decided to work with your last attorney, it was because you were told that they were good at what they did. You read about them and saw that they had experience in all the areas that mattered.

Model and photographer claim Volvo violated copyright law

Social media has helped countless artists here in New York and elsewhere promote themselves and their work for very little cost. However, there are still certain legal details that the judicial system is attempting to work through, since this area of the Internet and corresponding case law are very new. One question posed by a recent case is whether companies need to license user-created, public content in order to repost it to their own social media accounts and whether doing so is a violation of copyright law.

Protect your intellectual property with these 3 tips

If there is anything that would hurt your business, it's losing control of your intellectual property. If any of your ideas or pieces of software made it out to the public before it was finished, or if private, proprietary information was not protected, then you could end up facing trouble when competitors begin to use your research and development.

Nicki Minaj copyright law case may impact entire music industry

Many music artists in the modern era use samples of other artists' songs in their own work. It may be a way to pay homage to that artist or reimagine the piece being used. However, some musicians are opposed to their music being sampled in another artist's song, saying it's a violation of copyright law. This is what singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman alleges in her lawsuit against rapper Nicki Minaj. This case could have far-reaching implications for music artists in New York and across the country.

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