3 Takeaways: Anatomy Of A Contract

3 Takeaways: Anatomy of a Contract

1. Putting it in writing will avoid “he said, she said,” clarify the agreement, reinforce the commitments, serve as reliable record of the agreement, and may be required by law (e.g. transferring copyright ownership). 2. Before you start negotiating, know what you want (then don’t be afraid to ask for it), know what the other party might want, and know…

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CARES Act Unemployment For Independent Contractors, Freelancers, Self-Employed And Gig Workers

CARES Act Unemployment for Independent Contractors, Freelancers, Self-Employed and Gig Workers

Thanks to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, many artists and creative workers, who cobble their incomes together from multiple sources, will soon be eligible for “safety net” unemployment benefits. The CARES Act, signed into law on March 27, expands eligibility to nontraditional workers such as independent contractors, freelancers, gig workers and the self-employed; increases the amount…

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3 Takeaways: Public Speaking For Creatives

3 Takeaways: Public Speaking for Creatives

1. Approach public speaking like an actor prepares and then performs. Be authentic. Be invested. Be truthful. Believe in your material. That means doing your inner homework. 2. Prepare your script then practice, practice, practice — out loud. 3. Chose to WANT to be speaking. Begin confidently. Speak with vocal energy, but don’t rush. Look up from your notes. Make…

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3 Takeaways: Copyright Clinic

3 Takeaways: Copyright Clinic

1. Copyright protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, plays, paintings, choreography, movies, songs (and computer software). Copyright does not protect ideas; it protects how ideas are expressed. 2. It’s important to address and clarify copyright ownership as early as possible in your working relationships. 3. Your work is under copyright protection…

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3 Takeaways: Don’t Keep Your Day Job

3 Takeaways: Don’t Keep Your Day Job

The tipping point is when your fulltime job is getting in the way of what has already become your fulltime arts practice. Before you quit your day job, evaluate your finances (and get credit), think through your goals, and work on generating multiple revenue streams (such as commissions, licensing and grants). Be authentic. Show up. Build relationships. The more you…

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Proposed Missouri House Bill Threatens Libraries

Proposed Missouri House Bill Threatens Libraries

By Lucy Soyinka Washington University School of Law Juris Doctor Candidate, 2021 From the novel Fahrenheit 451 or even from the movie Footloose, we are aware of the dangers of censorship. If you were to say that we as a society in the US, have moved passed trying to ban books; you would be wrong. Missouri House Bill 2044 proposes…

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Taylor Swift & The Master Revolution

Taylor Swift & the Master Revolution

By McKenna McAreavy, Saint Louis University School of Law Whether expressing her sentiments through her music or through public statements, Taylor Swift has never been one to hold back her viewpoint when she feels disrespected. This has become increasingly apparent in recent years, when Swift has clashed head on with individuals from the music industry. The most recent controversy came…

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Memes Are Everywhere

Memes Are Everywhere

By Kat Grant, St. Louis University School of Law Memes are everywhere. They are an inescapable aspect of pop culture. But have you ever wondered if a meme is copyrighted, or made a meme and thought can I copyright this? Well, the short answer is it depends. What Are Memes? A meme can be any image or series of images…

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A Legal Guide To Fonts & Typefaces: Bet You Didn’t Think This Could Be Important!

A Legal Guide to Fonts & Typefaces: Bet You Didn’t Think This Could Be Important!

By Helena Guye, University of Missouri School of Law Before we begin, it is important to set out some definitions. While it is fairly common for people to use the terms "font" and "typeface" interchangeably, distinctions should be noted: A font is the underlying computer program that controls how a collection of characters and numbers (sometimes called glyphs) is displayed.…

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The Transformation Of Mechanical Music Licenses

The Transformation of Mechanical Music Licenses

By McKenna McAreavy, St. Louis University School of Law Technology makes it easier than ever for listeners to consume music, from studying for exam using Pandora to entertaining customers with the help of Cloud Cover Music (https://cloudcovermusic.com/music-for-business/apple-music-for-business/), technology has allowed music to blossom for different reasons. However, on the flipside, it has greatly complicated how creatives behind the music are…

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