Amanda Schreyer Quoted in Business Insider on Influencer ‘Usage Rights’

Business Insider recently interviewed Morse media and marketing attorney, Amanda Schreyer, along with several brand influencers and managers, in regards to 'usage rights,' a highly-negotiated part of brand contracts. What are 'Usage Rights'? Generally regarded as one of the most important things influencers should consider when signing a contract with a brand, the term itself …

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Protect Your Blogs and Posts: Copyright Office Announces New Group Registration Process for Short Online Literary Works

By: Howard Zaharoff Good things come to those who register their copyrights, including the rights to sue for infringement (you can claim copyright in any original work, but you can sue for infringement only if you’ve registered the work with the Copyright Office) and to recover statutory damages and attorneys’ fees when your registered work …

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Morse Client Co-founder Named E&Y Entrepreneur Of The Year New England Finalist

Vishal Sunak, CEO and co-founder of Morse client LinkSquares — provider of the fastest and most comprehensive AI-powered SaaS contract lifecycle management and analysis tool — has been named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® 2020 New England Award finalist. The program, which honors entrepreneurial business leaders whose ambitions deliver innovation, growth and prosperity as they …

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PPP Loan Update: “Forgiveness Portal” Open; FAQs Posted

By Matthew L. Mitchell and Scott R. Bleier     On August 10, 2020, the Small Business Administration (the “SBA”) opened the “Forgiveness Portal," permitting lenders of Payroll Protection Program (“PPP”) loans to accept forgiveness applications from PPP loan recipients. In addition, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on PPP Loan Forgiveness (the “FAQs”) were published, and …

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Payroll Tax Memo: Deferring Payroll Tax Obligations in Light of the Ongoing Pandemic

By: Joe Hunt On August 8, President Trump signed an executive order, the Payroll Tax Memo, which seeks to defer the due date for the employee portion of federal payroll taxes, originally due September 1, 2020, until December 31, 2020. Under the Payroll Tax Memo, employers are allowed (but not required) to defer payment of …

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NVCA Updates Industry Standard Model Legal Documents for VCs & Startups

The NVCA recently announced the release of the latest version of the NVCA model venture capital documents. The effort was led by the NVCA General Counsel Advisory Board, including Morse corporate partner Jon Gworek. The NVCA also announced that they are launching an Enhanced Model Term Sheet as part of the suite of Model Legal …

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Amanda Schreyer Participating in Boston University’s Graduate Program in Media Ventures Pitchfest

Amanda Schreyer will be participating in this year's Pitchfest, hosted by Boston University's Media Ventures Program. While the final semester of the program is typically held in person at BU's LA campus, this year's event will be held virtually on July 30th. As the culmination of their year-long graduate program, the students will pitch their …

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Transatlantic Data Flows Face Stormy Seas: Privacy Shield Invalidated – Standard Contractual Clauses Viable for Now 

  As many here in the United States slept in the wee hours of this morning, July 16, 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) issued a binding judgment invalidating the European Commission Decision (Commission Decision 2016/1250, the “Privacy Shield Decision”) that authorized the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield arrangement.  For the past four years, this arrangement …

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EU Regulators Crack Down on Taking Cookies from the Cookie Jar: How the EDPB’s Recent Consent Guidelines May Affect Your Business’s Website 

In May of this year, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) issued guidelines on consent under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Consistent with European practice (perhaps tradition at this point), the EDPB requires a high threshold to be met for adequate consent to process personal data. As a result of the guidelines, we have …

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Federal Reserve Publishes Initial Listing of Lenders Accepting New Business Customers Under the Main Street Lending Program

The Federal Reserve of Boston has published a state-by-state listing of lenders participating in the Main Street Lending Program who are currently accepting applications from new business customers, and also elect to be listed. The Listing of Lenders Accepting New Business Customers can be viewed here. The Federal Reserve has stated that this listing will …

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