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Under certain circumstances, an oral agreement may constitute an enforceable settlement agreement. In a case brought against former baseball player Lenny Dykstra by a social media ghost writer, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has offered the additional lesson that a writing other than a formal settlement agreement may constitute an enforceable agreement — even if one of the parties expects that additional “standard” provisions will be added to the agreement. Put another way, a party’s expectation that “standard” provisions, such as a general release, will be included in a settlement agreement will not necessarily prohibit enforcement of a settlement if they aren’t; such provisions will not be “implied” in the agreement if they are not contemplated by the parties’ writing.
By Gwendolyn Seale
This article delves into YouTube’s policies for channel monetization, explores the different streams of revenue an artist or creator may be entitled to receive for their works, and offer suggestions to indie creators and more established creators, so they can meet these new thresholds.
By Jeffrey Higel, Michael Bahar and Mike Nelson
As convenient, useful and cool mobile technology and interconnected devices are, they come with risks that remain largely unseen or, worse, ignored. Some pose security risks and privacy risk, like those present in voice-activated devices — especially for children. For manufacturers, they also pose regulatory litigation and insurance risks, especially when children end up using their “smart” products.
By Stan Soocher
Complaints to Amazon by TV Show Host and His Attorney Didn’t Constitute DMCA Notices
No Actual Malice by Defendants in Libel Suit over Composite Character in Film
By Chris Castle
This article focuses on managing change for clients affected by the MMA’s government-mandated mechanical licensing collective. In my view, far from putting songwriters on a trajectory away from the government regulation that has oppressed them for generations, the collective imposes an entirely new bureaucracy with potentially significant costs that are not readily apparent.