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Californians To Vote On Stripping Common Cause Of Its First Amendment Rights

I recently wrote about SB 1272 (Lieu) which calls a special election for this November 4 at which California voters will be able to cast an advisory vote on whether the U.S. Constitution should be amended to overturn the U.S....more

Last Minute Uncertainty for Registered Charities Under Canada’s Anti-Spam Law

Canadian registered charities seeking to comply with Canada’s new anti-spam law (CASL) recently received some disappointing news. CASL is a very complex law and many important issues remain ambiguous and uncertain. Several...more

Canada's New Anti-Spam Legislation: What Does It Mean for U.S. Nonprofits?

Under Canada's new Anti-Spam Law (CASL), as of July 1, 2014, for-profit companies and nonprofit organizations engaged in marketing and fundraising campaigns from within Canada or to recipients in Canada must acquire prior...more

Nonprofits and Celebrity Endorsements: Common Legal Pitfalls and Practical Tips

What Is a Celebrity Endorsement? For a nonprofit organization, increasing awareness and support is often difficult because of the sheer number of nonprofits competing for funding, often many in the same space. Securing...more

Considerations for Nonprofits when Using Getty's New "Free" Images

Getty Images, one of the largest online U.S. stock photo image companies, recently made over 35 million photo images from its inventory available for free online use by any interested person. Getty had previously charged for...more

Business News Digest – January 2014

In this issue: - Advertising Law News & Analysis - December 6, 2013 Edition - December 12, 2013 Edition - California Court Continues Ascertainability Trend, Denies Class Certification in Chipotle...more

Business News Digest – December 2013

In this issue: - NIST Holds Fifth Workshop on Cybersecurity Framework; Incentives Still Lacking - Advertising Law News & Analysis - November 1, 2013 Edition - November 7, 2013 Edition - November 14,...more

Guidelines for Nonprofits when Negotiating Online Advertising Arrangements

Nonprofits have long looked to advertising and marketing agencies to assist with their marketing and promotion efforts relating to fundraising, membership development, program promotion, product and service sales, and...more

Sweet charity: Maine repeals its commercial co-venture licensing law

Maine has repealed its statute that requires registration and licensing of commercial co-ventures. Effective on October 8, 2013, co-venturers will no longer be required to obtain a license to conduct a commercial co-venture...more

Removing Requirements for Commercial Co-Ventures: Maine Repeals Registration Requirements for Promotions with Charitable Appeal

Starting this week, commercial co-ventures will have one less state to worry about when it comes to regulatory requirements for conducting promotions with charities. Earlier this summer, the Maine legislature passed the Act...more

Allowing User-Generated Content on Social Media: Steps for Minimizing Nonprofits' Legal Risks

Allowing donors, supporters, members, or other interested third parties to communicate with and about a nonprofit through its social media networks can facilitate and improve a nonprofit’s communication and marketing efforts,...more

Business News Digest – August 2013

In this issue: - SEC Allows Public Advertising of Private Securities Offerings - What Your Nonprofit Needs to Do about HIPAA – Now - The 2013 Draft MDE General Permit for Stormwater Associated with...more

Exemptive Relief from the Ontario Securities Commission Permits a Limited Crowdfunding Platform

On June 17, 2013, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) rendered a decision granting exemptive relief (the Decision) to MaRS Social Venture Connection (MaRS VX), a not-for-profit entity, effectively allowing it to operate...more

Levick Monthly - June 2013: The New Balance; The Impact Of The SEC’s Social Media Pronouncement + How To Protect Your Brand From...

In This Issue: - COVER STORY ..The Impact of The SEC’s Social Media - CORPORATE & REPUTATION ..Everything You Know About Charity Is Wrong - CRISIS ..How Kraft Can Neutralize a Crusading Food...more

Social Media Legal Risks for Nonprofits: How to Successfully Navigate the Pitfalls

In this presentation: - How Does Social Media Work For You? - When Social Media Works Against You - Others’ IP - The Pinterest Question: “ But, What About Fair Use?” - Argh, so many...more

Internet Fundraising for Tax-Exempt Organizations

The IRS recently released an Information Letter, written in response to a congressman’s inquiry about an unidentified charity’s unidentified practices, confirming that Section 501(c)(3) organizations may use the internet to...more

Advertising News & Analysis - April 25, 2013

In this issue: - Venable Welcomes Randy Miller - FTC Survey Estimates Fraud Affected 25.6 Million Americans in 2011 - New Florida Law May Axe Charitable Promos, Cause Marketing Campaigns - What to...more

State Regulation of Nonprofit Organizations: Everything You Need to Know about Required State Filings for Your Nonprofit...

In This Presentation: - Incorporation/Annual Corporate Reporting - Foreign Corporation Authorization/Reporting - State Tax - Registration and Reporting - Charitable Solicitation...more

EXCLUSIVE: Florida’s top sweepstakes regulator discusses recent changes to Florida’s game promotion statute

Effective April 10, 2013, the state of Florida made changes to its Game Promotion Statute. The changes were made partly in response to the state’s recent ban of so-called Internet sweepstakes cafes....more

So You Want to Create an App?: Important Legal Considerations for Nonprofits

In this presentation: - Apps! A Mobile Revolution - But, What Exactly Is an App? - Apps vs. Websites: A Primer - Legal Considerations - Why Does IP Ownership Matter? - Creation of...more

Raising Funds for Nonprofits: Key Legal Issues, Common Pitfalls & New Intellectual Property Concerns

In this presentation: *Charitable Solicitation: - Charitable Solicitation Regulatory Overview - Legal Considerations for the Charity’s Own Fundraising - Working with Professional...more

Preparing an Online Social Media Policy: The Top Ten Legal Considerations for Your Nonprofit

Legal issues - Same as before but new platforms – Entity use of social media – Pathways to Legal Liability or Risk: Defamation, Intellectual Property, Trade Secret, Advertising, Privacy, and...more

The Impact Of The Supreme Court’s Recent Decision In Clapper v. Amnesty International USA On Privacy and Data-Security Litigation

On February 26, 2013, the Supreme Court decided Clapper v. Amnesty International USA, which clarified the standard to establish Article III standing for claims based on impending or future harm. The Supreme Court, in a 5-4...more

Top Five International Trademark Pitfalls for Nonprofits

In this presentation: - Brand Value - Brand Strength - Brand Registration - Brand Control - Brand Distinctiveness, Availability & Exclusivity Please see full presentation below for...more

Commercial Co-ventures – Best Practices and Legal Developments for Nonprofits

In this presentation: - Recognizing Commercial Co-ventures - Common Regulatory Requirements - Contractual Issues - Disclosures - The Charity’s Role – Federal Tax Considerations - Emerging Models...more

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