The Slants Get Into Trademark Trouble

The Slants Get Into Trademark Trouble

The Slants Get Into Trademark Trouble It’s often a smart legal move to safeguard your band’s name, but some names simply cannot be trademarked. Simon Tam, the front man for the Asian-American rock-pop group the Slants, figured that out the hard way after the US Patent and Trademark Office refused to register the name because it was disparaging to Asians.…

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Other Great Music Law Blogs

Other Great Music Law Blogs

Here at the VLAA we run a great blog for artists, particularly musicians, but there are a number of other great music law blogs we would recommend to anyone interested in the subject. The subject of music law and copyright law is very expansive and constantly changing. Those interested in the field must do a great deal of research to…

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Summer Rocks Concert Series

Summer Rocks Concert Series

Summer Rocks Concert Series: Benefit or Burden to the Downtown St. Louis Music Scene? A controversial contract between the City of St. Louis and ICM Partners has the potential to change our city’s cultural and musical landscape for better or worse. A recent contract between the City of St. Louis and ICM Partners, a leading Los Angeles-based talent agency, has…

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VLAA Receives Wells Fargo Grant

Wells Fargo Advisors recently awarded  St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts  a $2,500 grant for general operating expenses. "We thank Wells Fargo, especially because unrestricted operating support is 'working capital' needed to sustain our day-to-day operations," said Sue Greenberg, VLAA executive director. Wells Fargo is among the region's most generous companies. The firm contributed $8.4 million to more than 250 nonprofit organizations in 2014. In addition,…

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Copyright Office Creates Fair Use Database

Copyright Office Creates Fair Use Database

Fair Use Index offers some direction, but using it alone could lead you astray Have you ever wanted to use an image or song for a webpage or other project but were worried about violating copyright laws? Or maybe you’ve felt that someone has violated your copyright by using your work, but you were confused about what actually qualifies as…

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