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Hobby or Business?

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Here is an article from Sue Greenberg  (St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts) regarding tax filing information for artists. Hobby or Business? For tax purposes, activities earning profits in three of five years are normally presumed to be businesses rather than hobbies. Artists who meet the requirement are allowed to deduct their business expenses when they file their Schedule C, Profit or Loss from Business, with the IRS. If your business deductions exceed your income for the tax year, you can […]

2014 Trademark Primer: Prosecution & Enforcement Strategies Every Attorney Should Know

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Presented in cooperation with the NJSBA Entertainment Arts & Sports Law Section and the New Jersey Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts   Mon., Nov. 18, 2013 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM  NJ Law Center The amount of trademark applications has been steadily increasing in recent years, with 308,326 filed in 2012 alone. With so many trademarks, you are sure to come across tedious and complex cases involving infringement and fraud. Register today for this unique opportunity to gain tips on how to handle […]

Navigating Social Media Copyrights

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Our NJVLA Board President, Peter Skolnik, recently wrote an article for the October issue of New Jersey Lawyer, which he has agreed to share with NJVLA. Navigating Social Media Copyrights “The waters of social media copyrights are shark infested, but with luck you get to the point where you think it’s safe to go back into the water. Then you wake up to find some Internet guru’s article bearing a title like ’Twitter’s latest innovation will make social media’s copyright issues even weirder.’ ” Download the Navigating […]

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