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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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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Michael Cavaretta Gives Guest Lecture to Intro to Entrepreneurship Class at Worcester State University

On October 30th Corporate Attorney Michael Cavaretta of Morse gave a guest lecture to the Intro to Entrepreneurship class at Worcester State University on intellectual property and contract issues for startups. The class is geared toward entrepreneurs who are developing their own businesses, and is in line with Worcester State and its director of Entrepreneurship, …

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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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