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How to Trademark a Series of Books, Movies, or Other Artistic Works

Series Trademark Registration How do you trademark the title of a book series, movie series, or other artistic works? This is a question authors and artists often ask. Fortunately, the United States Trademark Office allows you to trademark a series of books, movies, or related titles of other artistic works. The United States Trademark Office

Trade Secrets: Why They Matter to Your Business

In the world of electronic sharing and emails providing data at lightning speed, the issue of trade secrets has become an increasing concern for all businesses. Minnesota recognized this and adopted the Uniform Trade Secrets Act in 1980. A trade secret is information, including a formula, pattern, compilation, program, device, method, technique, or process that

Trademark Infringement in the Age of the Internet

Introduction to Trademarks and the Internet Trademark rights are effectively regional in nature. That is, one can only assert his or her rights against another using a same or similar trademark (or “mark”) likely to cause consumer confusion. Traditionally, consumer confusion resulted from mor e than one company using similar marks within the same geographical

Sales Tax on Advertising & Creative Promotional Services in Minnesota

This post has been adopted from the Minnesota Department of Revenue’s Sales Tax Fact Sheet #133, Advertising – Creative Promotional Services. Nontaxable advertising services Minnesota Rule 8130.9250, Advertising, is the basis for this post. The guidelines in the rule apply only when providing advertising services or creative promotional materials. The most common types of businesses

Minnesota Photography & Video Taxes

This post helps explain how Minnesota sales and use tax applies to sales of photography, and to purchases made by photographers. These guidelines also apply to video production. This post is intended to help you become more familiar with Minnesota tax laws and your rights and responsibilities under the laws. This is based on Minnesota

Radio Station & Broadcast Law: 47 CFR 73 – 74 & More

Written by Attorney Joe Irby Broadcast Law In his 10+ years as a broadcaster, Joe Irby identified a number of issues that came up repeatedly at the various radio stations where he worked. Sometimes, these issues have baffled station owners and managers. Joe Irby prepared this guide to help station owners and managers understand how to

Broadcasting Law: Boosters, Translators and LPFMs

Written by Attorney Joe Irby I want to add a booster, or a translator to my broadcast station or I’d like to apply for an LPFM. FM Translators and Low Power Frequency Modulation Stations (LPFM) These two types of broadcast signals are rapidly catching on in popularity. Full-power radio stations are quickly buying up FM translators

Broadcasting Hours of Operation Laws

Written by Attorney Joe Irby How many hours must I operate my broadcast station? Hours of Operation In many areas and in many circumstances, running a broadcast station 24 hours a day, seven days a week just doesn’t make sense. For example, a broadcast station might be located in a sparsely populated area and statistically, the

Laws Concerning Broadcast Station’s Chief Operator

Written by Attorney Joe Irby What does the “Chief Operator” do, and why do I need one? Chief Operator A Chief Operator is a very important position. He acts as your station’s “go to guy” for many of the technical issues that arise on a seemingly daily basis. This is no job to be taken lightly.

Broadcaster Legal ID Laws

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Written by Attorney Joe Irby What is a legal ID and when must I run one? Are the requirements the same for radio and television? How do I run a legal ID on my booster/translator? Legal ID The Legal ID lets the audience know which broadcast station they’re tuned into. Although your station’s jingles play into

Broadcast Station License Period Laws

Written by Attorney Joe Irby How long does my license last? Once a broadcast station goes through the arduous process of obtaining a license, it is allowed to broadcast in accordance with the FCC’s regulations. Although the process is cumbersome, it is something that must be done and repeated. Remember, the FCC’s underlying goal is to

Broadcaster Public File Laws

Written by Attorney Joe Irby What needs to be in my public file? How do I maintain it? The public file is arguably one of the most regulated aspects of a broadcast station. Many times, a station may be in full compliance regarding everything they do except for one, small thing – they haven’t put the

Unlicensed Broadcasting Laws

Written by Attorney Joe Irby Unlicensed Broadcasting – Do I need a license to broadcast? An engineer once said “The FCC spends too much time going after pirates. As long as the station doesn’t interfere with anything, [the pirate] isn’t hurting anyone.” Wise words, however, the FCC will still shut down (and even prosecute) unlicensed broadcasters

Advertising: “No Urban / No Spanish Dictates”

Written by Attorney Joe Irby What is the No Urban/No Spanish Dictate Rule? For most broadcast stations, your license will expire in 2013 or 2014 and it’s time to start thinking about the renewal process. The FCC just passed a new requirement requiring proof of compliance with the “No Urban/No Spanish Dictates” rule. This requirement was