The Foundry Law Blog

Copyright & Copywrong: What are Derivative and Transformative Works?

Recently, we’ve been asked several times about the nature of a certain work as it relates to copyright infringement.   “Is my work a derivative of theirs? I should be fine, right?” “Sure, I incorporate some of their copyrighted work, but mine is transformative enough, so I’m good, right?”   As with most gray areas, […]

Check the Box Licenses: Effective? We say Yes!

At Foundry we draft and review terms of service, terms and conditions, and end user license agreements on a regular basis. Each time, we are faced with the question of the best way to display the terms of service and have end users agree to them? In our work we always review the placement of […]

The Falsity of the Frivolity of Fashion Law

“Fashion Law”. It sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? After all, fashion, which typically evokes images of supermodels and Anna Wintour, is more “The Devil Wears Prada” than “Devil’s Advocate”. Long considered too frou-frou for serious lawyers to be concerned with, fashion law has proven to be an emerging practice area in recent years, housed […]

My Startup Weekend Rollercoaster Ride

Attending a Startup Weekend is like riding a rollercoaster for the first time: after you’ve attended once, you decide whether you’re a rollercoaster-person or not. If you are, you want to take another ride. And maybe another after that! Startup Weekend is a weekend full of hands-on experience where experienced and aspiring entrepreneurs’ work together […]

An Angel Investor Reflects on a Pool of Seattle’s Startup Talent

Something momentous happened in my life at Seattle Angel Conference VI (SAC). On November 12th, 2014, together with a community of supportive investors, I officially became an angel investor. But I am a lawyer and this is our firm’s blog, so why do I want to write here about my exhilarating experience of becoming an […]

#BestContestEver #TopTenBestPractices

Are you thinking about running a social media contest to engage your users and help your business stand out? We’re sharing our top ten things to think about to run a successful social media contest and create a positive experience in the process. What Kind of Competition are you Running? We start by noting the […]

Working Interviews

Working interviews are a good way to see if the interview candidate has the basic necessary skills for a job, especially where a resume description of the skill may not suffice. Typically, the working interview is no more than a day or two, but in the case of a groomer, I think the interview would […]

Too Broad, Too Narrow or Just Right? The Importance of Classifications in Trademark Applications

At first glance, it may seem peculiar that the same trademark office would allow the registration of seemingly very similar trademarks; take “Apple Records” (the Beatles-founded record company) and “Apple Inc.” (the computer company), or the “San Francisco Giants” (they play baseball) and the “New York Giants” (a football team). Each owner of these separate […]

Creative Commoners: The Rise of Crowdsourcing Contests in Advertising:

The rise of video advertising spending (projected at $8.04 billion in 2016), has helped to pave the way for open innovation and collaborative creation as a cost-effective, creativity-efficient means to reach the masses. Coupled with the rise in video-enabled social media usage – from Instagram to Vine to Youtube – and its spread across almost […]