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New York Times vs. OpenAI: Fair Use Fight with Billions at Stake

On the third day of Christmas, Microsoft Corp. (“Microsoft”) and OpenAI, Inc. (together with its named affiliates, “OpenAI”) didn’t get any French hens: Instead, the software giant and leading artificial intelligence research and deployment company were named as defendants in a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by The New York Times (the “Times”) in the United…
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Danger, Does Not Compute: SEC Takes Aim at Predictive Data Analytics Per Proposed Rules

On July 26, 2023, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), in a 3-2 vote, issued a release (the “Release”) containing proposed rules to address conflicts of interest associated with broker dealers’ and investment advisers’ use of predictive data analytics (“PDA”) technologies, and PDA-like technologies, when interacting with investors.[1] The SEC’s proposed rules amend Rules 151-2,…
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How Earnout Provisions Can Supply Great Value for Buyers, Sellers

Earnout provisions can be an effective tool for addressing the potential disconnect between a seller’s expectations and a buyer’s ability to pay when negotiating a business combination transaction. Earnout provisions, or contingent purchase price agreements, allow buyers to limit their upfront payment and spread the purchase price over time. From the seller’s perspective, earnouts can…
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two feet dangling off of a light brown brick wall, wearing light blue jeans and gray Yeezy sneakers with bright red lettering

What’s Worse: The Pain or the Hangover? Brand Endorsements in the Fallout of Yeezy

“And I heard ‘em say, nothin’ ever promised tomorrow today;” [1] That is, unless, that promise was memorialized into a properly drafted and negotiated brand licensing agreement. Brand licensing agreements are essential for companies that want to create a successful, long-term business strategy. Licensing allows companies to leverage a brand’s image, reputation, and power to…
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Naked Licensing: That’s Your Name, So Don’t Wear It Out

From multinational corporations to franchises to non-profits, there is a lot that goes into building your brand and a positive brand association among consumers. As a company looks to growth strategies, it will consider different ways to develop its brand’s reach, such as expanding its market presence by allowing third parties to use, market, or…
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