Tag Archives: Legal

These 3 Legal Traps Can Stop a New Business in its Tracks

Entrepreneur published These 3 Legal Traps Can Stop a New Business in its Tracks, discussing potential legal pitfalls regarding new businesses.

If you’re a first-time entrepreneur, understanding legal risks is particularly troubling because you may not be experienced in thinking about the litany of issues that have the potential to strike in each and every situation.

FYI: ASCAP Licensing Letters

Several gym owners have reported receiving letters from ASCAP requesting payment for an annual licensing fee. An example of the letter is below:

ASCAP’s more than 487,129 songwriter and publisher members thank you for using music in your business. As you know, music plays a valuable role in creating an environment that attracts and retains customers. It is also important to note that music is valuable intellectual property. Ownership of this property remains with those who create it. To publicly perform copyrighted music legally, you must obtain permission from the copyright owners or their representatives, such as ASCAP.

Finding, negotiating with and obtaining permission from each of the owners of the music you might use would be impractical and very expensive. That is why we offer the ASCAP blanket license which, for one annual fee, covers your use of all the music in our repertory. For over 90 years, ASCAP has provided music licenses to a wide variety of businesses. Hundreds of thousands of business operators have chosen ASCAP licenses as a convenient and inexpensive method to meet their responsibilities under the Federal Copyright Law. We trust that you will too.

An ASCAP license authorizes performances of many millions of copyrighted musical works in the ASCAP repertory and in the repertories of affiliated foreign performing rights organizations representing over 100 territories. Also enclosed with this letter is a flier that provides examples of the many varieties of works included in the ASCAP repertory and explains how to obtain information on the repertory and ASCAP’s members. You can find much more information about ASCAP, its more than 487,129 members and the vast ASCAP repertory on our Web site, www.ascap.com.

We realize that your time is valuable and that important matters, such as obtaining the rights to perform music legally, are occasionally postponed. Let us help. Simply sign and return the attached license agreement with the appropriate payment as indicated on the invoice. We will return an executed copy for your file.

Please call me toll-free at the number listed below with any questions you may have regarding ASCAP, our members or songs, the proposed license agreement or the factors used in determining your license fee. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

If anyone has contact ASCAP regarding this and has more information to share, please let us know.

How to Fire an Employee

The Intuit Small Business Blog published How to Fire an Employee. The article outlines the steps necessary to terminate an employee’s job while covering yourself. Firing the employee starts with having a “solid legal basis” for taking action then taking the following steps:

  • If the employee reports to you, do it yourself
  • Don’t improvise
  • Know what you’re going to say
  • Include a witness to the discussion
  • Escort the employee from the building
  • Ask the employee to sign a release

WomensRadio: Raped Cheerleader’s Suit Misses Title IX Complaint

WomensRadio published Raped Cheerleader’s Suit Misses Title IX Complaint.

Cheerleaders claim to be serious women who don’t tolerate sexual exploitation and who care about social issues. They should come together in a show of unity and support for the girl in Texas by crossing their arms and turning their backs on the field for one minute–at halftime. Cheerleaders should want to send a very clear message that there’s a big difference between cheering for a team and making a hero out of a criminal.

Fanhouse: Texas Town, Courts Fail Cheerleader

Fanhouse published Texas Town, Courts Fail Cheerleader.

Legal eggheads can argue that one ad nauseam. Though if not participating in one cheer constitutes “a substantial interference with the work of the school,” pity a student who pulls a fire alarm. The poor kid might get the death penalty.