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The Medium Rules: Finding an Audience with the Creators of Netflix Series Somebody Feed Phil

Podcast Episode 4 Now Live!

Finding an Audience with the Creators of Netflix Series Somebody Feed Phil

The new episode of The Medium Rules is now live on iTunes and on YouTube.  Host Alan Baldachin sits down with John Bedolis and Rich Rosenthal of the hit Netflix show Somebody Feed Phil, starring Phil Rosenthal, to discuss the show’s origin story, the show’s migration from PBS to Netflix and finding audience in the world of OTT.  This is a great episode, we hope you will listen, watch, subscribe and rate!

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The Laws of Style – Episode 1 – Willy Chavarria

Podcast Episode 1 Now Live and On Our New Channel!

“Fashion ultimately is judgment in comparison to something else.” – Willy Chavarria

Fashion Lawyer and Law Professor Douglas Hand interviews inimitable designer Willy Chavarria about his burgeoning eponymous brand, the distinction between fashion and style, streetwear activism, and more. If you enjoyed the podcast, be sure to give a thumbs up and subscribe to the channel for more intimate conversations between fashion industry leaders.

 

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The Laws of Style – Episode 1 Trailer – Willy Chavarria

Podcast Episode 1 Trailer, Now On Our New Channel!

“Fashion ultimately is judgment in comparison to something else.” – Willy Chavarria

Check out the trailer for the first episode of “The Laws of Style” on our new YouTube channel, HBA Studios Podcasts!

Fashion Lawyer and Law Professor Douglas Hand interviews inimitable designer Willy Chavarria about his burgeoning eponymous brand, the distinction between fashion and style, streetwear activism, and more. Full episode to be released on Monday, August 13th!

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Beware Fraudulent Trademark Solicitations

Example of trademark scam letter.

Trademark registration holders have increasingly been receiving deceptive notices soliciting money for services related to the renewal or monitoring of their patent and trademark registrations.  Scammers attempt to make such notices look like authentic government documents and they use official-sounding names like the International Patent and Trademark Register, the U.S. Trademark Compliance Office, and the World Organization for Trademarks.  Some organizations offer useless services like filing a patent or trademark in their own private registry while others do not perform the promised services at all.

Since trademark and patent registrations list applicants’ addresses as public information on the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s website, scammers can easily access who has filed for intellectual property protection and when their trademark or patent is ready to be renewed.  Therefore, the information on these solicitations is often accurate which can make the documents appear legitimate and, indeed, many sophisticated businesspeople and attorneys have been fooled by these scammers.  (To save clients the confusion, HBA always uses our firm’s address rather than clients’ addresses on trademark applications so that fraudulent solicitations are sent to us directly.)

While some of these solicitations have fine print that disclaims any affiliation with a government entity, others do not, like the example below.

Several federal agencies, including the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice, and the U.S.  Postal Inspection Service, have investigated these widespread scams, but scammers with sophisticated operations can be difficult to track down.  Recently, the Department of Justice successfully convicted five individuals for carrying out a mass mailing scam targeting trademark holders.

Please be advised that any legitimate correspondence about your trademark and patent registrations will either be from your counsel or  from the United States Patent and Trademark Office located in Alexandria, Virginia, and all emails will be from the domain @uspto.gov.   The USPTO will remind registrants of renewal deadlines, but they will not ask for money in these notices.  Never pay money or send anything to someone you have not previously dealt with directly.  If you are not sure whether a notice is authentic, please reach out to our office or another attorney, file a consumer complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, or consult the Trademark Assistance Center.  The USPTO also maintains a list of confirmed fraudulent organizations on their website.

The Laws of Style – Episode 1 – Willy Chavarria

Podcast Episode 1 Now Live!

“Fashion ultimately is judgment in comparison to something else.” – Willy Chavarria

Fashion Lawyer and Law Professor Douglas Hand interviews inimitable designer Willy Chavarria about his burgeoning eponymous brand, the distinction between fashion and style, streetwear activism, and more. If you enjoyed the podcast, be sure to give a thumbs up and subscribe to the channel for more intimate conversations between fashion industry leaders.

 

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The Medium Rules: Long-Term Trends In Media and Technology – Episode 3 – Tom McLaughlin & David Wodka

Podcast Episode 3 Now Live!

Masternodes and the Future of Crypto Mining, with guests Tom McLaughlin & David Wodka.

As blockchain technology evolves, more and more blockchain networks are adopting a “proof of stake” concept with respect to operation and governance as opposed to a “proof of work” concept. But what does this mean, and why is this important? And, further, how should we think about these two modalities in terms of the broader blockchain ecosystem whether it be from a technical perspective or from the perspective of an investor.

In this episode of The Medium Rules, Alan Baldachin sat down with two of the four co-founders of the New York City-based startup Blockstake, Inc. to canvas a variety of topics related to the blockchain in general and proof of stake mining in particular. Blockstake is a crypto mining startup solely focused on blockchain networks based on proof of stake, whereby network participants can earn rewards in the form of more network tokens based on “staking” a certain amount of tokens up front. In exchange for staking, these trusted network participants earn the right to run “masternodes” which perform a variety of functions on the network, including transaction verification as well as governance. Tom McLaughlin is the CEO of Blockstake and David Wodka is the COO, and both Tom and David bring a wealth of enthusiasm and expertise to bear in a lively and wide-ranging discussion covering the basics of blockchain technology (hint: think of a decentralized version of the early aughts Napster network), masternodes and proof of stake mining versus proof of work mining, as well as the origin story of how Blockstake got its start. At the end of the podcast, we try and take a step back and look into the future to identify long-term trends with respect to the blockchain, as well as emerging projects that are of interest to Tom and David.

 

Show Resources:

The Masternode Manifesto by Tom McLaughlin – https://medium.com/blockstake/mastern…

Blockchain Compliance Alliance Mission Statement – https://medium.com/blockchain-complia…

The Crypto Bear Market Manifesto – https://medium.com/blockstake/crypto-…

 

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Supreme Court to Resolve Split Regarding Copyright Registration Requirement

Section 411(a) of the U.S. Copyright Act provides that an action for copyright infringement may be brought after “preregistration or registration of the copyright claim has been made in accordance with this title” or “where the deposit, application, and fee required for registration have been delivered to the Copyright Office in proper form and registration has been refused.”  The courts are split as to whether a copyright claim may be brought once the copyright application, deposit, and fee is delivered to the Copyright Office or whether the plaintiff must wait until the Copyright Office responds to the application. The Fifth and Ninth Circuits have held the former, under the “application approach,” while the Tenth and Eleventh Circuits have held the latter, under the “registration approach.”  The First, Second, Third, Fourth, Seventh, and D.C. Circuits have all acknowledged the divide, but refused to decide one way.  The Supreme Court recently granted certiorari to an Eleventh Circuit case, Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation v. Wall-Street.com, to address this question.

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Spongebob Squarepants’ Fictional Restaurant Granted Real Trademark Rights

One of the bedrock principles of trademark law is that trademark rights stem from actual use of the trademark in commerce.  In recent years, however, courts have been finding that imaginary use of the trademark in fictional works can suffice to create real right in a nonfictional setting.

The latest example of this phenomenon took place in Viacom International Inc. v. IJR Capital Investments, where the Fifth Circuit affirmed a lower court decision granting trademark protection to the Krusty Krab, a fictional restaurant in the television series SpongeBob SquarePants.  Viacom sued IJR Capital Investment for unfair competition and trademark infringement because IJR had been trying to open up seafood restaurants in California and Texas under the Krusty Krab name since 2014.  IJR Capital claimed that they did not base their name on the fictional restaurant, but rather the crusted glaze applied to cooked seafood.  IJR noted that there was no Krusty Krab trademark already registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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The Medium Rules: Long-Term Trends In Media and Technology – Episode 2 – Evan Kraut & Guy Poreh

Podcast Episode 2 Now Live!

Alignment: Accelerating Funded Startups and the Agency of the Future, with guests Evan Kraut & Guy Poreh.

With the proliferation of funded e-commerce startups focused on the direct-to-consumer, how is brand created and how can startups adapt to the changing tastes and trends to reach consumers and drive sales? Further, what are some models for agencies to reinvent themselves to not only survive, but to thrive as the media landscape evolves? How can agencies be better aligned with their clients and drive success both for the client and the agency stakeholders?

The Medium Rules host, Alan Baldachin, is joined in the HBA Podcast Studio in New York City by Evan Kraut, who runs Grey Adventures for Grey Group, and Guy Poreh, founder and CEO of Playground. Grey Adventures is best characterized as Grey’s “skunk works” team, focused on developing innovative products and services that fuel new revenue streams for Grey’s brand clients, its partners and the agency itself. And Playground is a “record label” for startups which takes an “immersive” approach to partnering with funded startups on sales and marketing to “accelerate fame”. In this episode of The Medium Rules Alan, Evan and Guy cover such ground as the success story behind Quip, the intersection of frontier technology and the traditional agency model, branding issues related to legal cannabis businesses, and, finally, some thoughts about what the agency of the future might look like.

Show resources
Guy:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/guyporeh
https://www.thisisourplayground.com/
https://www.porehomg.com/
https://twitter.com/guypo

Evan:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/ekraut
https://twitter.com/evanmk

 

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The Medium Rules: Long-Term Trends in Media and Technology

Conversations with founders, investors and thought leaders in the orbit of HBA’s tech and media ecosystem and beyond. How are media and technology companies conceived, how do they scale, and how do they interact with the broader social, economic and political culture we live in today and that we will inhabit in the future. This is a show about innovation and its effects on our lives, hosted by HBA’s managing partner and head of media and technology, Alan Baldachin.

Listen now on iTunes.