Nevada Increases Business Fees

On behalf of The Myers Law Group posted in Business Formation on Thursday, June 18, 2015. The cost of doing business in Nevada is going up... If you have a place of business in Nevada, or are considering forming a corporation, LLC, or other entity in the state, keep reading... The Nevada Secretary of State is dramatically increasing the annual State Business License fee for corporations from $200 to $500. As of July 1, 2015, the cost for the Annual and Initial Lists is also increasing for all entity types by $25. There is a brief window where certain companies can file before the [...]

2020-04-23T08:16:43+00:00June 18th, 2015|

Sirius XM Faces a Class Action for Playing Pre-1972 Sound Recordings

On behalf of The Myers Law Group posted in Intellectual Property on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. Internet radio services continue to offer new lessons with respect to licensing songs for public performance. The latest lesson: Radio services should not simply follow the customs of the industry, because those customs may be contrary to law. Recently, a California district court granted a motion for class certification in a lawsuit against satellite and internet radio service Sirius XM Radio. The lawsuit will now cover anyone with a pre-1972 sound recording that was played on Sirius XM's service on or after August 21, 2009 without authorization. The [...]

2018-09-18T10:28:47+00:00June 16th, 2015|

Copyrights, Licensing, Music, and Films

On behalf of The Myers Law Group posted in Copyright on Thursday, June 11, 2015. Have you ever listened to film sound tracks and felt that certain portions of the music sounded familiar? You could be right. Studios may recycle film music, but they are required to make payments for the original sound track music. The American Federation of Musicians (AFM), a labor organization representing about 80,000 professional musicians in the United States and Canada, is suing several Hollywood movie studios for recycling film music without making required payments. The AFM seeks to recover damages for breach of contract including payments for the benefit [...]

2018-09-18T10:29:42+00:00June 11th, 2015|

Licensing Issues Faced by the Music Industry

On behalf of The Myers Law Group posted in Intellectual Property on Tuesday, June 9, 2015. It is no secret that the music industry has suffered financially from illegal downloads, and many believe music services such as Pandora (an online music streaming service) do not pay songwriters nearly enough. Remember when Taylor Seift pulled her music from Spotify not too long ago? Musicians feelings aside, courts have lately ruled in favor of Pandora. Recently, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), joined by Universal Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, and EMI Music Publishing, appealed a district court's 2013 (finding that the consent [...]

2018-09-18T10:30:54+00:00June 9th, 2015|

Louis Vuitton’s Checkerboard Pattern Is Not a Valid Trademark

On behalf of The Myers Law Group posted in Trademarks on Thursday, June 4, 2015. Louis Vuitton's Damier checkerboard pattern continues to lack trademark protection. According to the European Union's General Court on April 21, 2015, the design is considered to be too commonplace to be owned by one brand. The EU's decision affirmed a 2011 ruling by the First Board of Appeal of the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM). According to that decision, the checkerboard pattern was composed of very simple elements and had been commonly used in relation to various goods. Without any features to distinguish it from other [...]

2020-04-16T06:52:16+00:00June 4th, 2015|