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One of the most common ways to establish trademark rights is through Internet sales of goods and services. However, in order to qualify for a federal trademark registration based upon use on a website, you must follow technical requirements.

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Titles of books, films, or songs do not qualify for trademark registration when used solely to identify the title a single work. With some planning and good legal advice, the rule can be transcended and registration secured even for those not as famous as Star Wars. There are several ways to achieve trademark protection for that awesome title.

Here is your step-by-step guide.

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December 20, 2013

Where ever you are and whatever you do this holiday season here is our special wish for you.
May your holidays be joyful and all your dreams come true in 2014!
Happy Holidays from Hodgson Legal

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entertainment, contracts, writers

Entertainment litigators routinely use the Talent Agencies Act, California Labor Code 1700 to their advantage.   Disgruntled clients seeking to stiff former managers for money owed under percentage compensation agreements have made the Talent Agencies Act their first line of defense for many years.  For the first time, an entertainment lawyer has been held subject to the Talent Agencies Act, and his fee agreement with the client voided.  The reason?  The Commissioner found Blancarte’s services were rendered as an unlicensed talent agent in violation of the Talent Agencies Act.  

In September 2013, the Labor Commissioner ruled in Solis v. Blancarte that Los Angeles attorney James Blancarte had violated the Talent Agencies Act by “procuring employment” for his client without a talent agent license. As a result, Mr. Blancarte was ordered to forfeit his right to payment from his client.  His crime?   Doing the job he was hired to do—negotiate a contract as an entertainment lawyer. The ruling in Solis is not surprising, but the inevitable next step in a long line of rulings by what could be considered a power drunk California Labor Commission. Solis could turn out to be a defining moment in the rather long history of the California Talent Agenciy Act, Labor Code § 1700, since insiders say entertainment lawyers are preparing to storm Sacramento.

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