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The New Media Generation: Advice on Getting Started

The steady advancement of technology has led to a growing number of emerging new businesses whose products and services are very tech-heavy.  “New media” is a generic term describing technologies that digitally convey information, which used to be communicated through traditional forms of media (radio, television, print and […]

Beame & Mencher premiers The Legal Smörgåsbord: All You Can Eat! at the James Beard Foundation!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Beame & Mencher LLP, in association with, the James Beard Foundation, gave the food world a taste of its fresh new lecture series: Legal Smörgåsbord —a three course meal seminar on the law and business of culinary artistry. Chefs, restaurateurs, food designers, critics, bloggers, publishers, and other foodies gathered on a rainy, […]

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Music Branding 101 (Part Two) – The Importance of ®.

This is part two in a series on Music Branding. In Part One, “putting the “r” in band, we introduced the idea that bands need to be brands. In this part, we discuss the importance of obtaining national protections to your band, uh brand, name through trademark registration with the […]

Music Branding 101 (Part One) - Putting the ® in Band

Long gone are the days when a band could just be a band – when the record label executive whispers in your ear, “I hope you’re ready, kid, because you’re about to go on one hell of a ride” (quote from Roulette Records founder Morris Levy, from the book “Me, the Mob, and the Music” […]

Starting a Record Label - Part 3 of 5

This is part 3 of our five part series on Starting a Record Label. In our previous posts, we introduced the idea of starting a record label – to begin thinking about what it means to run a record label from a business perspective (Part 1 of 5) and discussed the steps you need to take […]

Starting a Record Label – Part 2 of 5

This is part 2 of our five part series on Starting a Record Label. In our previous post (Part 1 of 5), we introduced the idea of starting a record label – to begin thinking about what it means to run a record label from a business perspective.

If you want to start a business, then […]

Trademarks and The Music Business

It cannot be said enough – your business name is your brand, and you must not only protect it but you must also ensure that no one else can force you to change it. If you are a musician, band, record label, production company, media conglomerate, you name it, you need to trademark your name. […]

Trademarking a Band Name

What’s in a name? For musicians, a lot. Your name is your brand, and when you are in the early stages of determining your artist or band name, it is crucial to do your research before making a final decision.

Bottom line: If the name you choose is already being used by another musician or band, you […]