Monthly Archives: November 2014

Film/TV Tax Expense Relief in Extenders Bill

Congress may show some bi-partisanship in the lame duck session between now and the holidays by passing the Tax Extenders Act of 2013 that will give businesses a number of tax breaks that expired in 2013, including but not limited … Continue reading

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Who Is Responsible for Crowdfunding Scams?

Under SEC rules, disclosures to investors must be true and correct, but what about crowdfunding? The Wall Street Journal points out that some crowdfunding campaigns aren’t quite there yet. For example, Ritot failed to disclose that it was located in … Continue reading

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Listen to the Birdie

How can you make money in the stock market? Turn in a cheater. The SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower has received over 3,620 whistleblower tips, a more than 20% increase in the number of whistleblower tips in just two years. … Continue reading

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Crowdfunders Can Pile Into Lawsuits

Want to bet on the law? A new website is selling shares of commercial lawsuits. Lexshares will let accredited investors buy a piece of a legal claim and if the judge or jury decides in your favor, you win! Run … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding As A Blood Sport

Kickstarter just suspended a campaign that draws your blood as you lose a video game. The Blood Sport game hacks the Nintendo Rumble Pak gaming controller and an Arduino brain. When you take a virtual “hit,” the controller shakes and … Continue reading

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No Crowdfunding Rules for You (2014)

Sorry, equity crowdfunders, but it appears that the SEC will not be finalizing the crowdfunding rules this year. At a Small Business conference last week, the head of the Division of Trading and Markets commented that Chairman White was not … Continue reading

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Documentary Filmmakers Discuss Crowdfunding Success

The “Do I Sound Gay” documentary filmmaker and two others on the DOC NYC panel gave hints on their successful crowdfunding campaign, including: if you’re not charismatic, stay off-camera, limited time offers help fuel the “middle” of the campaign when … Continue reading

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