Howard Zaharoff Quoted in New Authors Alliance Guide: Understanding and Negotiating Book Publication Contracts

Intellectual property attorney Howard Zaharoff was interviewed for the new Authors Alliance guide, Understanding and Negotiating Book Publication Contracts. As publication contracts can contain complex contract language and copyright law, the guide aims to assist authors in reviewing these contracts by identifying clauses that frequently appear in contracts, explaining what the terms mean, and presenting strategies …

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MBBP Welcomes Intellectual Property Attorney Amanda Schreyer as Counsel

We are pleased to announce the addition of Intellectual Property Counsel Amanda Schreyer. Amanda will continue to concentrate her practice on privacy and data security, licensing and strategic alliances, trademark, and transactional matters. Schreyer’s clients include video game and software developers, digital influencers, media publishers, influencer marketing agencies and other intellectual property holders. Amanda regularly …

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Howard Zaharoff & Faith Kasparian Quoted in Lawyer’s Weekly

On April 28, 2016, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly newspaper published the article titled "Ex-'View' co-host Hasselbeck survives copyright suit by author". This article explains how Susan Hasset, author of "Living with Celiac Disease", took Elisabeth Hasselbeck, author of "The G Free Diet" and "Deliciously G Free", to court accusing her of violating copyright infringement.  U.S. District court Judge George A. …

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MBBP Clients Named Finalists in SBANE New England Innovation Awards

The Smaller Business Association of New England announced this year's Innovation Awards Finalists. MBBP would like to congratulate clients WatchRx and The Curadel Companies on advancing to the final round of this prestigious competition. We also have two additional clients, Sparkx Hockey and Applied BioMath, that reached the Semifinal round.  Since 1986, the Innovation Awards recognizes companies that …

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Survey Says: Top NINE Intellectual Property Developments of 2015

By: Callie L. Pioli 2015 was another busy year in terms of intellectual property law, but luckily, MBBP has been carefully monitoring all of the important developments. There were many contenders for spots in our list, but only a select few could make the cut. Get a recap on 2015 (and prepare for success in 2016) by reading …

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The Contours of Copyright #3: Too Short for Copyright?

It is axiomatic that copyrights do not protect words or short phrases. But how short is too short for copyright? 10 words? 5 words? 3 words? Consider Henny Youngman’s classic 4-word joke, “Take my wife … please.” Is that a copyrightable jocular expression, or an uncopyrightable short phrase (or, for you copyright pros, a merged …

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MBBP Clients Named 2015 MITX Awards Finalists

On Wednesday, April 8th, the Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange announced the finalists for the 2015 MITX Awards. The MITX Awards is the largest and most prestigious annual awards competition in the country for digital marketing and technology innovation, bringing together 1,200 of the best and brightest minds in the digital media, marketing and technology industry. …

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MBBP Clients Named SBANE New England Innovation Awards Finalists

The Smaller Business Association of New England recently announced this year's Innovation Awards Finalists. MBBP would like to congratulate clients OYO Sports and Comark on advancing to the final stage of this prestigious competition. Innovation is at the heart of economic prosperity and SBANE continues to recognize those companies and organizations that have transformed their innovative …

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Infringement v. Homage: Pharrell Williams, et al. v. Bridgeport Music Inc., et. al.

By: Callie L. Pioli The music industry did not get far into 2015 before delivering a blockbuster copyright case. Pharrell Williams’ and Robin Thicke’s 2013 hit Blurred Lines was in fact only 50% their hit, according to a jury verdict in mid-March that found in favor of Marvin Gaye’s children.  As co-owners of his original …

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MBBP Client Demiurge Studios Acquired by SEGA Networks

MBBP Client Demiurge Studios, an independent game developer out of Cambridge, Massachusetts, has been acquired by SEGA Networks, a multinational video game developer, publisher, and hardware development company. Founded in 2002, Demiurge Studios made the transition into mobile gaming in 2008 and found success with Marvel® Puzzle Quest™, a top 100 grossing app on the App Store and top …

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