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Here Comes the ….Contract, Social Media and Ownership Case!

Posted by on Aug 4, 2017 in Artists, claims, Contracts, copyights, Copyrights, Life | 0 comments

This week the Internet went abuzz – A Bride and Groom have to pay their Wedding Photographer $1.08 million dollars?!?  WHAT?  How can that be?  The condensed version – it appears as if Andrea Polito and Andrea Polito Photography, Inc. was hired by Neely and Andrew Moldovan to photograph their wedding.  A contract was signed between the parties.  When the Moldovan’s chose their proofs to create their wedding album an additional charge was due Ms. Polito per the signed...

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POTTY MOUTH! The New Law of Trademarks!

Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in advocacy, art, Life, trademark office, Trademarks | 0 comments

Matal v. Tam As I kid I knew one of the quickest ways to get into trouble was to have “a potty mouth.”  A Potty Mouth?  What was that – swear words, words that referred to something out of the social norm, or body parts?   My parents’ definition of “Potty Mouth” changed all the time.  The punishment did not – soap, a swat, or a time out…. The General Rule for the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has been to deny a trademark registration...

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Posted by on May 18, 2017 in art, CHA, copyights, copyright, copyright registration, Copyrights, Life | 0 comments


Creative Businesses face many different challenges.  Many times the owner of a small business is everything from CEO to CJC (Chief Janitor in Charge).  A short time ago I was able to write an article for the Association for Creative Industries (formerly the Craft and Hobby Association) trying to help creative businesses unlock the code of many of the legal issues faced by small creative businesses today! The use of this article is solely for a one time individual use and cannot be copied or...

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Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Artists, Life | 0 comments

BE FEARLESS! The Bull and the Girl – A Case for Collage and Derivative Works!   Christopher Penler / The world was abuzz on International Women’s Day in March 2017 when Kristen Visbal’s fifty inch, two-hundred-and-fifty-pound Fearless Girl stared down Arturo Di Modica’s eleven feet, seven thousand one-hundred-pound Charging Bull in Manhattan in the Wall Street District.  The little girl, with her hands on her hips, seemed to signal to the world and specifically Wall Street...

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Don’t Be Fooled In April!

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in advocacy, art, Artists, computers, copyright, Copyrights, ideas, Life, protection, safety | 0 comments

April is always that time of year that starts out with pranks and hopefully ends with beautiful weather here in the US.  April is also a perfect time between the excitement of the Holidays and the bustle of Summer to look at your business. When I first started practicing law and setting up businesses I would always include a calendar of events and meeting minutes but tried to come up with some unique way to get businesses to REMEMBER that each year maintenance (both physical and paper) needed...

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Happy Holidays from Browning-Smith PC!

Posted by on Dec 10, 2016 in Life | 0 comments

Here’s hoping that this year was full of success and we look forward to serving you in 2017!

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