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'Charlie Brown Christmas' theme copyright holders sue Dollywood

Many people in California immediately recognize the melody for "Christmas Time is Here." Lee Mendelson and Vince Guaraldi composed this theme music for the CBS special "A Charlie Brown Christmas" that first broadcasted in 1965. The copyright holder, Lee Mendelson Film Productions, has filed a lawsuit against Dollywood, alleging that the theme park used the iconic theme music without license in multiple live theater Christmas productions. Court papers detail the claim that Dollywood show producers ignored repeated warnings that they were using the music without permission.

How can I deal with negative reviews?

The internet is a great tool for consumers. Not only does it allow them to search for local services and goods, it also provides a platform for their voices to be heard. While this is great when customers have positive feedback for your business, many business owners are unsure of how to respond after receiving a negative review. Entrepreneur offers the following advice on how to handle poor customer reviews in the best way possible.

Why you should file a provisional patent now

New emerging technologies have created an explosion of new innovations, especially in the research and development departments of companies around the world. For business owners and entrepreneurs seeking to launch new inventions, it can feel like a race to get your idea to the marketplace.

Can employers give bad references about former workers?

Employers would often contact an applicant's previous place of employment as a common measure in the hiring process. While many people claim that former employers are not allowed to disclose certain details, this is not exactly true. The Balance outlines the scope of what former employers are allowed to disclose when asked about employees, as well as mitigating measures against any potential legal issues.

Can you trademark a color?

Many iconic brands are associated with a specific color scheme, which becomes part of the business's or product's image. As a result, these companies may feel it is prudent to protect a specific color to prevent competitors from using it to mislead consumers. This legal tactic has had varying levels of success, as explained by Business Insider.

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