As it relates to BET allegedly getting the Fan Page shut down, it will be interesting to see how this plays out, especially with new rules from Facebook in place stating that they can shut a page down for any reason and also as it relates to copyright claims on such a public forum as Facebook.
How does this affect you ?
If you are negotiating with another party, keep in mind that once you counter an offer they have made, said offering party can rescind the first offer. In fact, they can rescind any offer (whether in writing or not) once you counter the offer and even before you accept it.
I believe Mattocks made the “powers that be” upset with the $1.2 million counter offer and they are leaning on their intellectual rights to exercise their power, but again, I am interested to see how Facebook rules will be interpreted, Facebook Copyright claims and also if BET’s actions (alleged) will be found to have interfered with Mattocks’ rights as a creator of a Facebook Fan Page.
I will be tuning in!
Rashida Maples, Esq. is Founder and Managing Partner of J. Maples & Associates (www.jmaplesandassociates.com). She has practiced Entertainment, Real Estate and Small Business Law for 9 years, handling both transactional and litigation matters. Her clients include R&B Artists Bilal and Olivia, NFL Superstar Ray Lewis, Fashion Powerhouse Harlem’s Fashion Row and Hirschfeld Properties, LLC.
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