Tuk's Rules: Practical Legal and Policy Commentary

PA House Bill 561 is a tremendously dangerous piece of legislation that has passed the PA House 115-12. This Bill - if passed in its current form - will prohibit liquor licensees (hotels, bars, restaurants) from paying young musicians who are performing there.

The Pennsylvania House passed HB561, which allows liquor licensees (hotels, bars, restaurants) to hire minors to perform as musicians, but the same bill expressly prohibits any payment to those performers for their services. This Bill passed the House by a vote to 185-12 with 5 absent.

When musician Tom Petty passed away in 2017, he left behind a blended family. What is a blended family? Quite simply, a blended family is one consisting of a couple and their children from their previous and (possibly current) relationships.

Today, the US Supreme Court handed down a 9-0 decision that affects virtually all people who have applied for a copyright with the US Copyright Office but have not yet received their registration certificate. In the case of Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v.

Business owners, why is January such a GREAT time of the year? Watch this video and find out why. You can learn more at http://tuklaw.com Follow me on IG, Twitter and FB @TukLawOffices

There is a common misconception among creators about using the mail as a means of establishing copyright protection. In this episode of Tuk's Rules, we dive into that issue. Please like and share this video with a friend.

Creators & Entrepreneurs, let me ask you a question: Has any patron or customer or establishment asked you to provide your product or service for free? I am certain that many of you have been in that situation before. Want to know the proper way to handle this? Watch the video!

There are MANY more small businesses than large companies in the US. Small business owners are in your communities and your neighborhoods. If you want your small town to thrive, shop locally, spend locally. You'll be glad you did. You can follow Tuk Law Offices on IG, Twitter, and FB.

This is a bonus episode of Tuk's Rules! Last week, in Episode 11, we talked about the basics of contract formation. Subsequently, a viewer asked a really great question about confidentiality clauses that bore some explanation. Go back and check Episode 11 first, then come back so this makes a bit more sense!

Entrepreneurs and startups: Do you know what your value proposition is? If not, watch this episode of Tuk's Rules to find out how to go about defining your value proposition.

In a significant and far-reaching decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that employment agreements that require the arbitration of certain employment claims brought by employees on an individual basis will be enforced as written. Non-unionized employees may not band together to form a quasi-class action against their employer in an arbitration setting if the employment agreement specifically prohibits it.

Employment Agreements often have obligations that continue long after the employment relationship ends in the form of restrictive covenants. For employers, these covenants are a great tool to protect the company's trade secrets. For employees, these contractual provisions can have significant impacts on their livelihoods. Watch the entire video for more detail.

In any commercial transaction, letters of intent are a key part of the process. There are some important points that you should know in order to limit your legal liability and put yourself in the strongest bargaining position possible.

In almost 20 years of closing deals for clients, I've learned a few key rules about making the sale of your business as smooth as possible. For more information about my law practice, please visit: http://www.tuklaw.com/business-banking-law/ You can also follow me on Twitter @TukLawOffices and IG @tuklawoffices

On this episode, I provide a Copyright Law Update, talk about the GRAMMY District Advocate program, and answer a viewer question from the last episode. You can subscribe to Tuk's Rules on YouTube, OR iTunes for FREE. TLO is also on Twitter, IG and FB. Connect with me there.

When is your creative work no longer yours? This is an issue filmmakers, video production houses, writers, software engineers, musicians and a host of other creatives have wrestled with. Watch Episode 4 for the answer! You can follow Tuk Law Offices on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Social media enables us to learn everything that's ever been written and published. It also provides a great risk when people use it irresponsibly. In this episode, we talk about what defamation law is, and what steps you can take to stay out of trouble. Please subscribe to the YouTube Channel, and tell a friend.

This is a case about a rock band, a dubious and inflammatory stage name, and the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). It's also a matter of free speech, and the concept that speech - including offensive speech - is Constitutionally protected. There are a lot of hot button issues in this case.

Welcome to the beginning of a new video project of Tuk Law Offices, Tuk's Rules! This is a weekly video series designed to help explain current events, the courts and public policy in a non-partisan, rational way. Right now, the fringe elements of our country are defining the discussion.