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Netflix Putting Out Fires over Fyre Festival Documentary

In 2019, Netflix found itself at the centre of pop culture with its release of the popular documentary about the Fyre Festival debacle.  If you’ve been living under a rock and need a quick primer, here’s Frye Festival in a nutshell: New York based serial entrepreneur Billy McFarland and hip hop artist Ja Rule joined…

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Understanding the Right of Personality: Brooke Shields Raises Eyebrow at Charlotte Tilbury

An interesting case in the US was recently launched by actress Brooke Shields (“Shields”) against makeup conglomerate Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Inc. (“Charlotte Tilbury”), which highlights the importance of brand expansion planning for celebrities and their namesake brand.  Understanding the Case In May 2019, Shields issued a complaint in the Superior Court of California against Charlotte…

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Building Your Influencer Empire

These days, everyone is doing it for the ‘gram.  But those who are doing it well are also doing it for coin.  Influencer marketing is a pervasive and persuasive type of marketing.  By collaborating with influencers, brands are able to directly promote to their target demographic.  By collaborating with brands, influencers are able to monetize…

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Kawhi Leonard takes on Nike

As a Toronto-based law firm and rampant supporter of the Toronto Raptors basketball team, we have to dedicate this week’s newsletter to our MVP, Kawhi Leonard (especially in view of the latest win as NBA champs).  In the midst of the finals against the Golden State Warriors, Leonard launched a lawsuit against Nike in California…

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Red Carpets, Celebrities and Fashion

As award season closes, a personal highlight is the red carpet “who are you wearing?” segment.  We always delight when celebrities wear Canadian designed gowns, giving the Canadian designer the world’s spotlight.  But, as always, when pop culture and branding intersect, Froese Law can’t help but analyze the legal aspects.   The Celebrity – Designer…

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Building Your Fitness Empire

As much as Q1 is tax season, it’s also the time when we all try to jump back into fitness.  Finding the right fit that will get results and keep you motivated are key.  (We promise you – we’ll get to the legal analysis soon.)  But there are so many choices:  the gym, personal trainers,…

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Fyre Festival: The Legalities Surrounding Live Events

Fyre Festival: The Legalities Surrounding Live Events Unless you’ve been under a rock, you’ve likely heard of (or watched one of the two documentaries about) the debacle that is Fyre Festival.  Ever eager to understand the legal underpinnings, Froese Law is using this opportunity to illustrate some of the legal issues that surround hosting live…

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Protecting your Rights to your Namesake Brand

Namesake brands are common place.  Designers launch their fashion brand using their name.  Celebrities merchandise themselves out using their own name.  Chefs license their name to create a myriad of food-related products.  Fitness instructors create fitness plans under their own name.  It’s a branding trend that is unlikely to go away.  However, careful consideration must…

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Expanding Market Opporunities through Licensing

Simply put, licensing is a business tool that commercializes your business’ intellectual property and brand.  Through intellectual property laws, the intellectual property owner is able to create a monopoly, restricting third parties from using/commercializing its intellectual property.  Licensing creates a controlled mechanism for third parties to use the intellectual property, which creates an additional revenue…

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