Entries by Joshua Biletsky

California Just Released Your Personal Information

In connection with your California business entity, that is… Last week, Alex Padilla, California’s Secretary of State, announced the launch of the newly designed California Business Search engine. Over 5,300,000 records were made public, which now includes potentially private information, such as certain names and addresses. For limited liability companies (LLCs), the names and addresses of the owners or the […]

To Trademark a Smell

Trademarks are more than just logos and catchy phrases… When a trademark comes to mind, people typically think of logos, brands, and the names of products or services. But that’s not all that is capable of being trademarked. In the United States, non-conventional trademarks are capable of being registered as well. These non-conventional trademarks include colors, […]

Pilot and TV Series Agreements

Being given an opportunity to be an actor on a television series can be an exciting stage in an actor’s career. While the level of excitement will vary depending on the role that you are given, and the show that you are being cast on, there still is an air of excitement regardless of the project. […]

Fitness Releases

When going to work out in a gym, compete in a competition, or perform on the set of a production, you will likely be confronted with a release document to sign. While these release documents come in many shapes and sizes, the basic function of all of the releases is the same, which is to […]

Live Performance Agreements

While making music is certainly one of the life lines of an artist’s music career, it is the live performances that many rock stars, DJs, singers, and other musicians dream about. Nowadays, the way the industry works has shifted in such a way that live performances have become even more essential than they used to […]

Securities Exemption

The Securities and Exchange Commmission (“SEC”) is a federal regulatory agency in charge of, amongst other things, securities. Broadly defined, securities includes: “any note, stock, treasury stock, security future, bond, denture, evidence of indebtedness, certificate of interest or participation in any profit-sharing agreement…investment contract”…and so on (15 U.S.C § 77b). The definition then continues on […]

Music Synchronization

Music that is featured in your favorite television show, motion picture, or even commercial can create a unique connection between you and the production. In many instances, you may identify the production through the song or visa-versa. The fact that such a connection can be created just by synchronizing a song with a particular production […]

Business Entity Choices

Deciding which type of entity is right for your business can be a tough decision. There are many factors to take into consideration such as costs, taxes, liability, and legal fees. With the different choices that are available to you, it can sometimes be daunting to try to figure out which entity type is ideal […]

DMCA Takedown Notice

In 1998 the United States enacted the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA). The DMCA updated various parts of the then current copyright laws. One such provision that was updated was the Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act (OCILLA). OCILLA provides a conditional safe harbor for Online Service Providers and similar “middlemen of the internet” (think […]