Legal Muse as Top 25 MN Legal Blog

Legal Muse as Top 25 MN Legal Blog

Legal Muse is pleased to announce that the editors of practiceblawg.com have named Legal Muse as one of the state’s top legal blogs. Besides referencing my content and images, the editors noted the recent release of my microsite mntrademark.com. I am grateful for this acknowledgment and am honored to be in the company of some really excellent law firm blogs. It’s a great honor, but it really puts on the pressure going forward....
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Attorneys as Artist’s Freind

The lawyer is often the butt of the joke or the object of the creative’s ire.  The reason cited is often that the attorney was a roadblock of that great idea.  As an attorney I can tell you that I understand why so many attorneys are viewed this way – I know that I sometimes feel like I am always delivering bad news – “no you can’t do that,” “if you do that there’s a risk you will get sued,”  “There’s no guarantee that you will be paid,” and on and on with warnings and ambiguous gray areas that seem so expansive that you wonder what value talking to the attorney actually brings you.  We don’t try to be spoilers, but on the other hand sometimes our role is be the reality check.  It easy to be blinded by a great idea and when you have a hundred great ideas and projects flowing from your imagination – some of which...
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Legal Issues When Using Social Media

Last Friday I had the honor of presenting a program on Social Media and the Law at the annual American Bar Association meeting in San Francisco which was written up by the American Bar Association Journal (Slander or Satire? When Does Social Media Cross Legal Lines?). Presenting with me was Marylee Abrams of Abrams and Schmidt and Heather Armstrong (dooce.com). Ms. Armstrong provided background as one of the nation’s most prominent lifestyle bloggers and her history, which gave rise to the term “being dooced” as a phrase meaning that a person was fired for things they said or did in a blog or other social media, as well as current legal issues she faces being a paid endorser and copyright owner. Marylee gave an excellent program on issues employers need to consider in this world of social media. Her program was recapped very well at ABA Online, and on Marylee’s blog. I provided clean-up by discussing the things attorneys need to tell clients...
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AIGA Solopreneurs breakfast event

From AIGA Minnesota Website. Sign-up available at the AIGA website. Event is Thursday, June 24, 2010.Discover your entrepreneurial spirit and business desire. If freelancing or self-employment is in your future, this event will provide ideas, possibilities and insight. Join us for this special event, where a trio of speakers awaits your questions. Hear from Doug Powell, Principal, Schwartz Powell; Dan Woychick, Principal, Woychick Design; and Kenneth Kunkle, Kunkle Law PLC.Kenneth Kunkle is a local attorney whose practice is focused on working with creative professionals. Blogging at muse.kunklelaw.com, Ken provides a wide field of knowledge in the areas of business, copyright and trademarks. His long history working in, and with, a variety of creative fields provides a unique understanding of creativity and the law. Ken will be discussing issues related to business...
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CoCo Day Camp: “Common Myths and Misconceptions About Copyrights and Trademarks”

On Thursday, May 6th, I'll be providing a seminar for creative professionals on how creative professionals are affected by copyright (e.g., public domain, fair use, joint works and work for hire) and trademark law at CoCo in downtown St. Paul. the program is set to run from 10am to 12pm.Cost:Session + 1/2 day of coworking: $30Session only: $15About CoCo:CoCo is a coworking and collaborative space in Lowertown St. Paul (and coming soon to Minneapolis), where independent workers and small businesses can gather to share ideas, team up on projects and get some work done. We’re an alternative to working from home or the local coffee shop....
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The 2010 Midwest Art, Entertainment & Sports Law Institute

I will be presenting along with many other area attorneys at next weeks Midwest Art, Entertainment & Sports Law Institute. Come out and hear about some the latest opportunities and challenges facing the attorneys for the art, entertainment and sports communities. http://www.minncle.org/Materials/Seminars/67410.pdfHighlights Include: Former ASCAP executive and current president of a music publishing company, attorney Ron Sobel will “teach, discuss, rant and rave” about intellectual property pitfalls, new media trends, current revenue models and licensing protocols Music publishing contracts and other issues in the digital age The FTC’s take on endorsements and Internet advertising The hottest legal and ethical concerns in college sports A review of core intellectual property concepts, as well as contract, licensing entity basics with a nod to the creative client The Ramifications of Supreme Court...
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AIGA MN – Cocktails with Creatives

Come on out and mingle with a variety of creatives (and one lawyer) from the Twin Cities.I will be sponsoring the AIGA MN's Cocktails with Creatives in January. It will take place at the Peacock Lounge, the bar part of Erte Restaurant, in Northeast Minneapolis on January 7th from 6 to 8 p.m. Happy Hour goes until 7 p.m. and parking is free anywhere on the streets. Relax, munch, chat and enjoy!...
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Who Owns What? – Tuesday March 10, 2009

On Tuesday, March 10 at 1 PM, the Twin Cities chapters of the National Writers Union and the Professional Editors Network will hold a free workshop about permissions and copyright and other intellectual property issues concerning writers and editors.Location: St. Louis Park Library, 3240 Library Lane, St. Louis Park. Two attorneys—Debra Kass Orenstein and Kenneth Kunkle-- will explain copyright and permissions.Please join us for this FREE event! For more details about the Twin Cities National Writers Union, visit http://www.nwu-tc.org For more details about the Professional Editors Network, visit http://www.pensite.org...
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