Most artists are well aware that it's illegal to copy the work of another artist and claim it as their own. But what are the limits when it comes to the identity of the artists themselves? Can two artists share the same name, or is what we call ourselves considered intellectual property?
In today's economy, it can be hard to keep businesses devoted to the arts alive and going strong. Many businesses rely on outside funding such as grants and public donations to stay afloat, and with so many patrons struggling to pay their own bills, this financial help can be hard to come by.
A popular food television network fired one of its hosts after allegations of plagiarism began to swirl.
The producers of an upcoming Tom Cruise movie are being sued for breach of contract by another producer who is no longer involved with the project. The lawsuit, filed earlier this month, alleges that the producers of "One Shot" edged him out of the film adaptation of the best-selling novel.
The U.S. Justice Department is asking to hire more prosecutors to pursue intellectual property crimes as the entertainment industry pressures it to crack down on copyright infringement and counterfeiting.
Thinking of merging your business with another one? If you already have another company in mind, congratulations. But how can you be assured your new partnership will be a success?
New Jersey's lieutenant governor says New Jersey is becoming more business-friendly thanks to scaled-back regulations and the elimination of a lot of red tape, according to a report released today by her office. The report, completed by a commission formed to pinpoint inefficiencies and laws that are too strict, outdated or unnecessary, may be good news for those who want to form businesses in the state.
What's in a name? Quite a fortune, if you're the child of a celebrity power couple. Within a month after music moguls Jay-Z and Beyonce announced the birth of their daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, they filed an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to protect the baby's name. They're reserving it for a line of strollers, diaper bags and other baby accessories in what is sure to be a lucrative venture for the superstars.
People who invest in their company's 401(k) or stock option plans are not usually armchair stockbrokers. Most employees think more about the percentage of their salary they're contributing rather than the stocks in which they're investing. A publicly held company may both include its stock in the 401(k) fund and as a separate option for employees. Although this offering is convenient and sometimes lucrative for both employees and the company, it's prone to some of the same issues companies face with non-employee stockholders and can lead to litigation.