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Stephen Zralek Quoted in the Tennessean on Importance of Protecting Foreign-Born Citizens from Discrimination in Election Policies

Today, the Davidson County Election Commission voted to rescind a decision to review the citizenship status of newly registered voters born outside the country, noting that doing so would violate the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Bone McAllester Norton attorney Stephen J. Zralek serves as a member of the steering committee of Nashville for All of Us and said, “We agree that only U.S. citizens should vote, but this proposal was an insult to U.S. citizens who weren’t born here.”

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 33 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 16 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters.   Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

All is Fair (Use) in Love and Copyright with Stephen Zralek

Bone McAllester Norton’s Stephen Zralek will speak at the March 20th meeting of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville on All is Fair (Use) in Love and Copyright. In his presentation, Stephen will look at several close cases and let attendees judge for themselves as to whether the infringement should be permitted under Fair Use defense. The presentation is interactive, comparing side-by-side examples of original works with later works where the original author claims infringement. Examples include a comparison of Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind and The Wind Done Gone by Nashville author Alice Randall; a comparison of the original Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Woman” song and 2 Live Crew’s version of it; and a comparison of more recent works created by contemporary photographer Patrick Cariou and appropriation artist Richard Prince. The presentation will explore recent decisions from within the Sixth Circuit and around the country, examining the four factors that courts examine when determining fair use.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Noon – 1:15 p.m.

Back 40 at Emma

9 Lea Avenue

Nashville, TN 37210

 

 

Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service law firm with 33 attorneys and offices in Nashville and Sumner County, Tennessee. Our attorneys focus on 16 distinct practice areas, providing the wide range of legal services ordinarily required by established and growing businesses and entrepreneurs. Among our practices, we represent clients in business and capital formation, mergers and acquisitions, securities matters, commercial lending and creditors’ rights, commercial real estate and development, governmental regulatory matters, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property strategy and enforcement, entertainment and environmental matters. Our client base reflects the firm’s deep understanding and coverage of today’s leading industry and business segments. For more information, visit www.bonelaw.com.

Join Us for WaterCooler on 2/26 for The Interplay Between Architectural & Interior Design and Work

Come join us at WaterCooler on Tuesday, February 26 as we explore the Interplay of Work and Design.  How does good (or bad) design impact the quality of work?  Conversely, how do different types of work drive design?

We’ll take a tour of Emma, Inc.’s new space and see some of the other spaces at the newly renovated and historic trolley barns.  We’ll also hear from some of Nashville’s “it” architects and designers: Michael Ward of Allard Ward; Nick Dryden of DAAD; Jeff Casella of Gilbert, McLaughlin and Casella;  Gina Emmanuel of Centric Architecture; and Laret Casella from Casella InteriorsClint Smith and Bo Spessard of Emma will be on-hand to talk about design from a client’s perspective.

Afterward, we’ll head a couple blocks over to The Southern for drinks and continued conversation.

5:30 p.m. Gather & Networking

6 p.m. Program & Tour

7 p.m. Drinks at The Southern

 

Emma, Inc.

9 Lea Avenue

Nashville, Tennessee 37210

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WaterCooler is an informal networking group highlighting Nashville's cultural richness. There is no official membership and no dues -- just come when the topic or venue interests you. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

 
 
 

Stephen Zralek Quoted in The City Paper on Copyright Infringement Lawsuits

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Stephen Zralek was quoted in a January 29 article in Nashville’s The City Paper regarding copyright infringement lawsuits.

“It was only a matter of time before copyright trolls filed a bit-torrent lawsuit in Tennessee,” he said. “By law, the [Internet Service Providers] are required to reach out to the John Does and tell them they have 30 days to file a ‘motion to quash’ the subpoena or otherwise settle the lawsuit. If the individuals take no action, the ISPs will release their identities to the Plaintiff, after which the Plaintiff will amend the complaint to name the individual in the copyright infringement action — for all the world to see.”

 

Stephen Zralek Quoted in The City Paper on Copyright Infringement Lawsuits

Bone McAllester Norton attorney Stephen Zralek was quoted in a January 29 article in Nashville’s The City Paper regarding copyright infringement lawsuits.

“It was only a matter of time before copyright trolls filed a bit-torrent lawsuit in Tennessee,” he said. “By law, the [Internet Service Providers] are required to reach out to the John Does and tell them they have 30 days to file a ‘motion to quash’ the subpoena or otherwise settle the lawsuit. If the individuals take no action, the ISPs will release their identities to the Plaintiff, after which the Plaintiff will amend the complaint to name the individual in the copyright infringement action — for all the world to see.”

 

Join Us for WaterCooler on 1/30 at The Martin Center for Nashville Ballet

Happy 2013!

We're excited about our upcoming programs for WaterCooler and hope that you are ready to get back to networking with other Nashvillians. As we head into our fourth year, we are excited to begin this new season delving again into the business and innovation of the cultural arts in Nashville. This month, our friends Paul Vasterling and Jim Johnson of Nashville Ballet offer us a behind-the-curtain glimpse into the energy, the athleticism and the artistry that has propelled the 27-year-old Nashville Ballet to become the largest and most successful professional ballet company in the state.

January’s Nashville Ballet WaterCooler provides an unprecedented behind-the-scenes experience as participants watch final rehearsal’s for “Attitude,” a performance that features an innovative combination of dance, music and the production of an original work of visual art. Don’t miss a sneak peak of what will be this winter’s most talked about performance.

Wednesday, January 30th 

5:30 - 6 p.m Cocktails and conversation during "Attitude" rehearsal

6-7 p.m. Discussion and guided tour of costumes, set production and rehearsal facilities with Paul Vesterling, artistic director/CEO, and Jim Johnson, director of sales and marketing

 Afterward,  we will head to the new M.L. Rose location on Charlotte for beers and continued conversation.

 The Martin Center for Nashville Ballet

3630 Redmon Street

Nashville, Tennessee 37209

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 Stephen, Renata, Wade and Rob

 Stephen Zralek

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 Renata Soto

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WaterCooler is an informal networking group highlighting Nashville's cultural richness.  There is no official membership and no dues -- just come when the topic or venue interests you. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

Stephen Zralek Teaches Class on Copyright Law

Attorney Stephen Zralek will teach a class on copyright law as part of the 2013 University School of Nashville evening class program on Tuesday, February 19. The session, titled Copyright Law: Fair Use or Infringement?, will cover Fair Use doctrine and explore whether specific cases of infringement should be allowed as fair use. Attendees will look at several close cases and will judge for themselves under the guidance of Stephen, who is highly sought after in rights of publicity, copyrights, trademarks and privacy. The class, 217 Copyright Law: Fair Use or Infringement?, will be from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Anyone may attend.

 

 

Stephen Zralek Teaches Class on Copyright Law

Attorney Stephen Zralek will teach a class on copyright law as part of the 2013 University School of Nashville evening class program on Tuesday, February 19. The session, titled Copyright Law: Fair Use or Infringement?, will cover Fair Use doctrine and explore whether specific cases of infringement should be allowed as fair use. Attendees will look at several close cases and will judge for themselves under the guidance of Stephen, who is highly sought after in rights of publicity, copyrights, trademarks and privacy. The class, 217 Copyright Law: Fair Use or Infringement?, will be from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Anyone may attend.

 
 

Stephen Zralek Speaks on Copyright Fair Use at the Tennessee IP Law Association (TIPLA)

Stephen Zralek is presenting a seminar on Copyright Fair Use for the Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association (TIPLA) on November 9, 2012.  TIPLA is an association of attorneys across Tennessee who focus on IP law.  Stephen’s practice focuses on business litigation, with an emphasis on helping clients avoid and resolve intellectual property disputes.

Stephen Zralek Speaks on Copyright Fair Use at the Tennessee IP Law Association (TIPLA)

Stephen Zralek is presenting a seminar on Copyright Fair Use for the Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association (TIPLA) on November 9, 2012.  TIPLA is an association of attorneys across Tennessee who focus on IP law.  Stephen’s practice focuses on business litigation, with an emphasis on helping clients avoid and resolve intellectual property disputes.

Stephen Zralek Speaks on Copyright Fair Use and User Generated Content at BarCamp

Stephen led a session called “All is Fair (Use) in Love and Copyright” where the audience looked at close calls and were the judge on what’s infringement and what’s fair use.  This session was designed as an intro to fair use for anyone who creates or posts content.

He also served on a panel with Rob Robinson, Nissan’s Senior Specialist for Social Media, called “Laughs & Likes: Using User-Generated Content and Comedy to Drive Business & Build Excitement,” where they looked at a real world example in which Nissan invited fans to submit ideas to promote the new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder, then partnered with The Second City comedy troupe to generate improv music videos.

BarCamp is a free, technology-focused “unconference” that is equal parts networking, knowledge-building and fun. BarCamp has become the premier technology and digital event in the city, bringing together the best minds and representations of the hottest companies in the digital, entrepreneurial and software industries, among others.

Stephen Zralek to speak on Copyright Fair Use and User Generated Content at BarCamp on Saturday, Oct. 20

Stephen is leading a session called “All is Fair (Use) in Love and Copyright” where the audience will look at close calls and be the judge on what’s infringement and what’s fair use.  This session is designed as an intro to fair use for anyone who creates or posts content.

He’s also serving on a panel with Rob Robinson, Nissan’s Senior Specialist for Social Media, called “Laughs & Likes: Using User-Generated Content and Comedy to Drive Business & Build Excitement,” where they’ll look at a real world example in which Nissan invited fans to submit ideas to promote the new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder, then partnered with The Second City comedy troupe to generate improve music videos.  Sign up to attend before registration closes.

BarCamp is a free, technology-focused “unconference” that is equal parts networking, knowledge-building and fun. BarCamp has become the premier technology and digital event in the city, bringing together the best minds and representations of the hottest companies in the digital, entrepreneurial and software industries, among others.

WaterCooler heads to Parnassus Books to Celebrate the Written Word

In advance of the 24th Annual Southern Festival of Books, A Celebration of the Written Word, our next WaterCooler is for book lovers and entrepreneurs. We’ll hear Parnassus Books co-owners Karen Hayes and Ann Patchett explain how their independent bookstore has both opened and prospered in the middle of the Great Recession, while national book chains have been going out of business. We’ll also hear Serenity Gerbman, Director of Literature and Language Programs of Humanities Tennessee, talk about opportunities for readers in Nashville, including the Southern Festival of Books.

Sunday, August 19th

Doors Open at 5:30*

Program from 6:00 to 7:00

Parnassus Books

3900 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 14, Nashville,TN 37205

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*Parnassus will be closed to the public but open for WaterCooler,

so bring your $$ if you want to buy books!

Stephen Zralek to moderate Roundtable on Copyright Fair Use at ABA Annual Meeting

The Copyright Litigation Committee will host a CLE Roundtable discussion, “Copyright Fair Use: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who is the Fairest One of All?” at the ABA Annual Meeting on Friday, August 3 from 10:30 to 11:30am.

Committee Chair Stephen Zralek of Bone McAllester Norton will moderate a panel which includes Deborah Robinson of Viacom, Victor Perlman of the American Society of Media Photographers, and Claudia Ray of Kirkland & Ellis will each present.

To learn more about the event, click here.

Stephen Zralek to be a guest on "This Week in Law" podcast

IP Attorney Stephen Zralek will be a guest on "This Week in Law," a weekly podcast that is part of TWiT.TV on Friday, July 20th. He will be part of a panel and will discuss topics such as the Righthaven cases, the regulation/lawlessness of the Internet, the evolving law of social media, fair use in copyright and copyright issues in Pinterest.

To learn more about the podcast, click here.

Stephen Zralek Quoted in ManagingIP about GoogleBooks Class Action

Earlier in June 2012, Stephen Zralek was quoted in a story by ManagingIP about the GoogleBooks Class Action certification. Recently, Judge Denny Chin, sitting by designation for the Southern District of New York, issued a ruling allowing the case to proceed forward as a class action. ManagingIP asked Stephen how much of a blow this decision was to Google. Stephen explained:

“I think it’s fair to say that it’s always a major blow to a defendant when a class action is certified. Here the class includes all U.S. authors and heirs who have a copyright interest in a book that Google scanned into its Library Project. With the certification of a class, there’s a much greater chance that authors will participate in the litigation; otherwise, each author would have had to commence his or her own suit, and many times suit is never filed after evaluating the risks and benefits. A class, however, allows authors with smaller claims to reap the benefits of joining forces with those authors with bigger claims, more at stake, and funds to fight Google.”

He continued: “If Google is found liable, the damages will be aggregated and likely will appear to be significantly higher than if Google had been forced to defend separate lawsuits. The upside for Google is that it won’t have to defend cases all over the country and that it likely will spend less on legal fees, itself. But, if found liable, Google likely will have to pay a big sum to the class attorneys.”

To see a copy of the full article, click here.

Bone McAllester Norton to sponsor Conexión Américas breakfast

Bone McAllester Norton is honored to sponsor Conexión Américas as the organization celebrates its 10 year anniversary at the annual breakfast on Wednesday, May 30, 2012. Charles W. Bone co-chaired the annual breakfast in 2010, and Stephen Zralek co-chaired it in 2011 and is currently serving on the board of directors.

Every year, more than 2,500 Latino individuals and their families turn to Conexión Américas for assistance in achieving their American Dream. This year’s annual cafecito breakfast will feature Janet Murguía, President and CEO of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), a powerful speaker and nationally recognized leader. Conexión Américas celebrates the 10th Anniversary of empowering Latino families in Middle Tennessee with a festive, inspiring morning gathering.

Wednesday, May

30th 7:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

The Loews Vanderbilt Hotel

Stephen Zralek talks with News 2 about possible legal issues with Pinterest

Attorney Stephen Zralek, who helps clients avoid and resolve disputes involving intellectual property, including copyrights, took some time to discuss the legal issues that go along with the new social media site Pinterest.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - With millions of users taking to a new social media site, a Nashville lawyer is warning the online pin boards could cause legal problems.

Pinterest acts as a virtual pin board and allows users to post pictures of items they find online such as outfits, craft ideas and recipes.

Though the new social media craze gains thousands of users each day, attorney Stephen Zralek said there could be consequences to pinning due to copyright infringement.

 

BMN Hosts Embracing Digital Panel

Bonelaw hosted a panel of experts to talk about technology in Nashville.

Click here to read more about the event.

BMN Welcomes Veteran Attorney and takes a trip to Vegas with Will Cheek

James Mackler joins Bonelaw, Hendersonville runs, Will Cheeks talks beer in Vegas and Stephen Zralek has advice on online reputation management.

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