Preparing for Investment – How Organized are your Corporate Documents?

By: Jeremy Siegel Whether you’re approaching your first round (or third round) of venture capital fundraising, or you’re starting to think about a potential exit event or acquisition, approaching large-scale business transactions such as these can have you feeling apprehensive. You may be concerned about your valuation, how to structure the deal, and how to …

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Cancelling a Trademark: What’s Peloton’s Spin?

By: Stacey C. Friends & Sean D. Detweiler During the recent pandemic, you've probably heard this brand everywhere: Peloton. If you don't have a Peloton bike of your own, you probably have a fitness-enthusiast friend who owns one (and tells you all about their spin class pursuits). With this stationary bike maker all the rage, …

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New York Extends Its Right of Publicity and Penalizes Sexually Explicit Deepfakes

By: Howard Zaharoff On November 30, 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Senate Bill S5959D, effective on May 29, 2021, to amend New York law in two ways. First, the bill establishes the right of publicity for certain deceased individuals, and second, it provides a private right of action for unlawful dissemination or publication of certain sexually explicit depictions. …

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FTC Issues 6(b) Orders to Social Media and Video Streaming Services

On December 14, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had issued orders to nine social media and video streaming companies, requiring them to provide a special report on data collection, advertisement, and user engagement practices. By a vote of 4 to 1, the FTC issued the orders to conduct a study, authorized by section 6(b) …

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IoT Baby-Steps: The Feds Enact Cybersecurity Improvement Act

By: Howard Zaharoff On December 4, 2020, the Internet of Things (IoT) Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2020 (H.R. 1668, 116th Cong.) (the “Act”) was signed into law. This bipartisan bill requires the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to create minimum cybersecurity standards for IoT devices purchased or used by the federal government. Guidelines are to be developed over the next several months, so …

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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 Flexibility Act Passes; Fundamentally Changes Forgiveness Rules

By: Matthew Mitchell and Scott Bleier               On June 3, 2020, the Senate passed, by unanimous consent, the Payroll Protection Program Flexibility Act (the “Act”), which eases certain forgiveness requirements to the favor of PPP loan recipients.  Specifically: Forgiveness Period Extended: The Act extends the Forgiveness Period of the …

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Practical Strategies For Venture And Private Equity Backed Businesses Considering PPP Loans

By: Jonathan D. Gworek and Matthew L. Mitchell With the issuance of the U.S. Treasury Departments “Interim Final Rules” and related Guideline within the Paycheck Protection Program’s (“PPP”) “Affiliation rules”, there have been concerns that the Affiliation Rules may deem the portfolio companies of venture capital and private equity firms as affiliates of the fund …

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