Entries by Matt Chambers

Five Urban Legends of Intellectual Property for Startups and Small Business Owners

Strange rules and urban myths pop up all the time regarding the law, and are frequently difficult to prove or disprove. There are rarely bright-line rules, and you will probably find some variations between different states and jurisdictions. A ruling in California may be completely ignored in North Carolina. The following are urban myths from […]

Can Charlotte restaurants and breweries be sued for playing background music from Spotify and Pandora?

The Charlotte Observer reported that popular bar, restaurant, and Carolina Panthers tailgating spot Draught received some unwelcomed news this week: they were being sued for playing five songs as background music on Spotify and Pandora. How much could five songs potentially cost the Charlotte business? $150,000, plus attorneys fees, even when using a paid music […]