Starting a business, project or charity cause has never been more easy. With the passage of the J.O.B.S. Act (below), people are able to now use social media to make their organizational vision a monetized reality. With that comes the need to protect ideas and inventions. We have unique experience with fundraising, specifically in crowdfunding.
At it’s essence “crowdfunding” describes the usage of the Internet to garner seed money for a project. This is typically done through a series of marketing, or “crowdfunding” campaigns. At Melfi Associates, we can connect you to experts in this pioneering field, while ensuring the ownership of your creative assets.
For more information on Legal Services related to crowdfunding, see our Private Placements page.
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The J.O.B.S. Act
In November 2011 the House of Representatives, spurred on by sluggish economic growth following the Great Recession, overwhelmingly passed H.R. 2930, the Entrepreneur Access to Capital Act, which includes features intended to provide small businesses with access to capital without significant regulatory and cost burdens. On March 8, 2012, the House of Representatives passed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, which includes the crowdfunding provisions of H.R. 2930 (the “House Bill”).
Crowd funding describes the collective cooperation, attention and trust by people who network and pool their money and other resources together, usually via the internet, to support efforts initiated by other people or organization. Crowdfunding can occur for many reasons from charity to artistic endeavors, to small business start-ups, to political campaigns, to funding a small business.
The team at Melfi & Associates understand the regulations associated with crowd funding and has experience with clients in the digital marketing and e-commerce space.
Law Review Articles of Interest:
1. Heminway, Joan MacLeod. Hoffman, Shelden Ryan “Proceed at Your Peril: Crowdfunding and the Securities Act of 1933.” Tennessee Law Review, Vol. 78, p. 879, 2011
2. Hazen, Thomas Lee. “Crowdfunding or Fraudfunding? Social Networks and the Securities Laws – Why the Specially Tailored Exemption Must be Conditioned on Meaningful Disclosure.” North Carolina Law Review, Forthcoming May 20, 2012.