Music Licensing

Music Licensing

Aside from the tasty brews which make any great taproom or brewery stand out, what's important is the atmosphere in which you enjoy your specially crafted beverage. Whether the music is a focal point, or faded into the background, the music that an establishment decides to play for its patrons is paramount to the atmosphere it provides. The music provided for that atmosphere is not without cost though; a cost which tends to be over demanding and opaque due to the lack of information available when obtaining music licenses. However, recent legislative developments have been directed at

Brewery Taproom Laws & Regulations | Whitcomb, Selinsky

Brewery Taproom Laws & Regulations | Whitcomb, Selinsky

Following Prohibition’s repeal in 1933, the regulation of commerce in alcohol was widely delegated to the individual states. Save for broad constitutional parameters and minimal Federal alcohol laws (such as the 1986 National Minimum Drinking Age Act), the states and their localities possess power to regulate alcohol from manufacturer to wholesaler to retailer to consumer and everywhere in between.

Cannabis-Infused Beer: When two worlds collide.

Cannabis-Infused Beer: When two worlds collide.

With the nation’s demand for recreational marijuana on a steady incline and the national beer consumption rates down in recent years, some of those in the beer industry have begun exploring the world of cannabis-infused beer. Federally, THC and CBD are products of marijuana, a Schedule 1 Drug according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and, consequently, they may not be sold across state lines, even for states in which marijuana is legal. Although recreational marijuana has strides to make before obtaining federal recognition, some beer manufacturers are taking advantage of the

Are Incontestable Trademarks Contestable?

Are Incontestable Trademarks Contestable?

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A long-running trademark dispute between the City of Portland and a craft brewery within that city, Old Town Brewery, is over, according to an announcement by the Oregon Brewers Guild. Old Town Brewery, the owner of a registered federal trademark since 2012, had been defending its registration against the City of Portland for two years. The fight has been over the city’s application for a trademark that includes a leaping stag. Old Town received a federal registration for the stag for selling beer in 2012 and was recently granted incontestability.