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ASCAP Licensing in the Wake of the Recent Pandora Decision

On March 18, 2014, the ASCAP rate court issued an eagerly anticipated decision setting the rates paid by Pandora – arguably the most successful Internet music delivery service in the U.S. – for the use of ASCAP member repertoire over its service through 2015. Continue reading »

Law and Photography Practice Brings Legal and Business Issues into Focus

Cypress’s Law and Photography practice focuses on the unique issues concerning print photography in editorial, fashion, and commercial publications. Cypress helps photographers, agents, producers, and designers navigate the world of rights acquisition and protection and avoid problems and disputes involving employment and contract issues. Clients include Giant Artists, Redeye Represents, Portfolio One Productions, as well as individual photographers and artists. Contact Doug Roy at for more information.

U.S. Congress Looks to Enact “Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2014”

On April 29, 2014, Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Christopher Coons (D-Del.) introduced a bill that will enable trade secret owners to file civil actions for theft of trade secrets in federal courts. The bill would add the civil right of action for trade secret owners to the Economic Espionage Act, which presently gives only the federal government the right to bring actions against offenders. Continue reading »


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