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ZYKA with a Personal Blurb!

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Hey Friends,

Being a law student & a pseudo Atlanta food bloger do not always go hand in hand!  I’ve had a lot on my plate with the MPRE (basically an ethics test you have to take in order to sit for the BAR).  I’m also job hunting for a permanent position — and it’s been a tad stressful and time consuming. I’ve seen a lot of recent graduates graduate WITHOUT a job, but luckily as BAR results come out– I’ve also been seeing a lot of them get jobs (PHEW).

Areas of law I’m interested:

  • Real Estate and Soft IP

Both of these areas really appeal to me. There are A LOT of Indian/Asian Hotel/Motel owners & I would love to work with a firm to facilitate their transactions. I would also love to negotiate on behalf of them to secure favorable provisions. Growing up I moved around a lot and the connection I felt with my homes and spaces near me really molded my identity. For example, when we moved to Greenville, SC, I saw my neighbors houses being developed before my very eyes, I remember running around in them and giving fake tours to the few neighborhood kids that were around (kind of like Egypt from “Property Virgins”).  Right before the recession my parents bought a new house (they over paid), but I remembered thinking– I knew this house wasn’t worth it. If only they consulted me I could have told them my opinions, or at least shed a tear that could have prevented the purchase (I once did that with some formal living room furniture my family purchased — the tears didn’t work, but years later my mother finally admitted that I was “right”. In her defense she wasn’t all wrong).

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I like soft IP because I love the arts, and I love the ability art has to change someone’s thoughts. It has the ability to influence someone,  change their perspective or bring touchy subjects to life through subtle means. I’m NOT that artistically creative, but I am like a lioness and if people try to mess with my cubs I’ll bite (my cubs in this analogy would be the artists I’m able to represent)! When I see people selling knockoffs, I’m the girl that actually EMAILS  the company and says “HEY …THIS ____.COM IS SELLING A FAKE URBAN DECAY PALETTE. I DON’T WANT OTHERS TO GET DUPED. TELL THEM TO STOP AND PROTECT YOUR TRADEMARK.” I’ve emailed L’Oréal Paris, Apple, Tiffany’s, etc..

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Right now — I may not be that great at drafting memos or briefs, but I know, with time, I’ll probably get it down to a science — luckily I have something else on my side that is much more powerful than drafting a good brief — I’ve got PASSION. I’m going to run with it until I reach the “finish line”.

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Scattered through out this whole post are pictures of my favorite indian / pakistani restaurant called ZYKA: The Taste in Decatur, GA

Beauty Blogger and Vlogger: The Copyright Edition

There is an incredible amount of stuff on copyright infringement on the internet. There is so much stuff on the subject that the sheer amount makes me want to gamble with my luck and use my own moral compass.

Unfortunately, following my own moral compass is a ridiculuously bad idea (I have law school to thank for this redirection). I was thinking about doing a series for the beauty vlogger and blogger about their blogs/vlogs and making sure they comply with the law.

Paying attention to the copyright laws is such an important aspect of running a successful blog/vlog. It is important, since most of you bloggers and vloggers would love to make blogging a full time job (which trust me it can be — I have a brother successfully conducting in the affair).

Although, not being educated on copyright law (17 U.S.C. §106) & fair use (17 U.S.C. §107) at the beginning  is okay (I’m not saying this in a positive way), since you probably only have a few viewers or a few hundred viewers– I suggest you familiarize with the law sooner than later. As your blog/vlog attains popularity and starts developing into your “cash cow,” others will not be amused  by your ability to use their work to make you money. Sooner or later you will either be fined by the company or forced to entertain a lawsuit (which is extremely expensive way of dealing with an issues).

I will start the series next week. Do you have any specific questions?  I would love to focus the blog pieces around areas you’re interested in.  Remember, this piece and other pieces are my own opinions, and I’m not a lawyer nor am I holding myself out to be lawyer! I am simply a law student, who is obsessed with social media!

Enjoy!