June 2012 Issue


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President's Message

by Fay Arfa Fay Arfa, A Law Corporation

Summer began on June 20, 2012 and we hope that everyone will join us for some fantastic events that we have scheduled for July, August, and September. On July 24, 2012, we are honored to present David Nimmer, the "calling card" on copyright law. As the author of the thrice-annual revisions to Nimmer on Copyright, his words have been quoted in some 3,000 judicial opinions. The United States Supreme Court has cited Nimmer on Copyright on numerous occasions, as has every federal appellate court, countless district and state courts, and indeed courts confronting copyright cases in countries across the planet.

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Of Copyrights and Cowboys (Bull Riders, actually)

by Dean Sheldon Serwin

Everything is easy once you know how to do it. This applies to legal specialties as much as anything else. When I started working in the music industry more years ago than I like to admit, I finally discovered the answer to something that had bothered me growing up. I would watch the Grammys and be confused by the categories of “Record of the Year” and “Song of the Year”; sometimes the same “song” was nominated, but often different people were nominated. It made no sense.

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THE BENEFITS OF MEDIATION FOR COMMON INTEREST COMMUNITIES

By: Laura J. Snoke, Esq.

Because our country is a democracy, the law is the ultimate arbiter of disputes in our country. Parties to a dispute can seek to obtain redress through the litigation process. Generally, in litigation, one sides of the dispute files a lawsuit against the other side, and both sides, through the process of obtaining evidence, attempt to prove their case in court. Litigation can result in a trial, either by a jury of twelve strangers, or by a judge, both of which have the authority to render a verdict in favor of one side or the other. Thus, one side “wins” and one side “loses” in litigation.

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WHEN IS A PROMISSORY NOTE A SECURITY?

By Edward T. Swanson

You loan your friend or business colleague some money to help him start a business, and he gives you a promissory note for the amount loaned with a generous interest rate. Congratulations! You probably have just participated in a sale of a security, subject to federal and California securities law regulation!

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CENTURY CITY AFTER HOURS

by Edward T. Swanson

American Idol (Finally) Gets It Right

It is always dangerous to rely on the “general public” to select your music (unless the general public is General Public, of course). This axiom has been fully demonstrated, for me at least, with the voting of the “general public” for American Idol contestants since at least 2009. That season (my first to watch American Idol), the extremely talented Adam Lambert lost to some nice guy whose name and music I cannot recall. The following two seasons of American Idol similarly illustrated (for me, at least) the inability of a majority of the viewing audience to discern the difference between chaff and wheat.


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