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Apr 12, 2018

Register Now for FoodBiz NJ!

We are excited to present the breakout session, “Appetite for Branding,” during the FoodBiz NJ conference, sponsored by NJBIZ, on Tuesday, April 24, at The Palace at Somerset Park in Somerset. Along with Esther Psarakis, Managing Partner of Foodpreneur, we will discuss the business and legal challenges of branding in the food and beverage industry, and protecting restaurant decor. » Read More

Sep 24, 2015

Judge Blows Out Candles on Claims of Copyright in Happy Birthday To You

Get ready to hear rousing renditions of Happy Birthday to You (“Happy Birthday”) on TV shows, in movies, and at your favorite local restaurant.  A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that Warner/Chappell Music (“Warner”) does not hold a valid copyright in the famous birthday song, determining that the lyrics to the song were not protected by copyright, and thus the song is part of the public domain. » Read More

Feb 06, 2015

U.S. Copyright Office Releases Study on Current Music Marketplace, Advocates Fundamental Changes to Licensing

The U.S. Copyright Office released a report last week detailing its findings on, and recommendations to improve, what it calls “the aging music licensing framework.”  Acknowledging that many in the music industry consider the licensing system to be broken, the “Copyright and the Music Marketplace” report undertook an exhaustive review of the music  licensing process, including a focus on music steaming services.  » Read More