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Judith Anne Silver

Judith Silver’s Legal Guides

10 total

  • Movie Day at the Supreme Court "I Know it When I See It": the Definition of Obscenity

    What is obscene under U.S. law has plagued our courts for the last fifty years. Many people dont realize that in our society, which trumpets free speech, that there are many restrictions on speech, including restrictions on adult or sexual images and words or obscene materials. ...

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  • Are You a Talent Agent?

    Think youre a big Hollywood agent type? Ferrari. Lots of lunches. Drinks by the pool. Schmoozing, schmoozing, schmoozing. The Player. Most people laugh at the thought, but lots of the laughter is from people who, in fact, are talent agents they just dont know it. Huh? If youre ...

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  • The ABC's of Website Law

    Age. The age of your users impacts the website. According to Federal Trade Commission regulations through the Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), a website must get a parents permission for children under 13 to disclose information. Also, remember that children under...

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  • Letters of Intent: Why Business People Love Them and Lawyers Hate Them

    Letters of Intent (LOI) , also known as Memoranda of Understanding and Memoranda of Agreement, are a device used to signal parties agreement to the basic structure of serious negotiations to close a deal. An LOI typically comes into play after a round of initial discussions and a...

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  • Origins of Intellectual Property Law: Trade Secrets

    The first assertions of trade secret rights are reported to be in England in the sixteenth century. In the United States, the first United States case was in Massachusetts in 1868. When Do You Have a Trade Secret? Most states have adopted some form of the Uniform Trade Secret A...

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  • Origins of Intellectual Property Law: Trademark

    According to the United Kingdom government, the first trademark legislation was enacted in the late nineteen century. In the United States, the first federal trademark legislation was enacted in 1870. The trademark act, or Lanham Act, 18 USC Sec. 1051 etc. , is meant to allow ...

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  • Origins of Intellectual Property Law: Copyright

    According to the United Kingdom government, the Statute of Anne was the first statute to legally address copyright during the eighteen century. In the United States, the first copyright law was passed in 1790. Copyright is used to protect the visual, text or sound aspects of crea...

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  • Origins of Intellectual Property Law: Patents

    The United Kingdom Patent Office states that the first patent was issued in London in the fifteenth century. In the United States, the first patent was granted in 1790. Patent is used to protect methods, processes and inventions. When Do You Get a Patent? After inventing a work...

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  • Origins of Intellectual Property Law

    Intellectual Property is the group of legal rights in things that people create or invent. Intellectual property rights include patent, copyright, trademark and trade secret rights. In Europe and some other countries, moral rights, which are rights of the artist not to have her w...

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  • Naming a Company or Product

    Naming your company, product or service is an important task. Good branding dictates that names convey who you are and what you provide. "A rose by any other name is still a rose," but consumers remember and recognize you by your name. In addition to branding considerations, ther...

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