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Cheesy Poofs.  Oceanic Airlines.   Sabor de Soledad.  Dunder Mifflin.  The Cornballer.  Sex Panther.

Each of these product or brand marks had a similar beginning–as a fictional product in a fictional world.  And with one exception, these marks have continued to exist only in [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On May 20, 2013 By Bradlee Edmondson

Disney withdraws bid to trademark ”Dia de los Muertos” in connection with an upcoming movie. It’s uncertain whether it could have succeeded in trademarking the phrase, but it probably could have trademarked a stylized logo incorporating it. Federal law enforcement agencies propose sweeping real-time wiretap overhaul. Several leading information security [...]

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Chalk up another win for the innovators of media distribution. In a 2-1 decision, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the lower court’s denial of a preliminary injunction against startup Aereo. While trial seems likely given broadcasters’ desire to stop the new business model entirely, Aereo is using the momentum to move forward. Rumors [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On April 8, 2013 By Bradlee Edmondson

Bank not liable to cyber-heist victim company that had expressly declined to use the additional security controls it offered A federal district court hears arguments about whether the FBI’s use of a “stingray” device, which pretends to be a cell phone tower so that it can collect information from phones and [...]

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When a judge issues an order demanding your appearance in court to explain why he shouldn’t throw you in jail, you know you’ve had a bad day. When you just add that to your list of required Rule 11 hearings, you know you work for Prenda Law.

For those who haven’t been following the [...]

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Google Tweaks YouTube: Pay-To-View Channels

On February 28, 2013 By Jonathan Hoffmann

Last month, The Wall Street Journal reported that Google is in the process of changing up YouTube.  The new model would allow individuals who create and post videos to charge viewers to see content.  This move would help raise revenue for all parties involved.  For YouTube, this may mean increased postings and thereby [...]

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Twittersphere is buzzing with allegations that the popular TV show, Glee, ripped off the work of singer-songwriter Jonathan Coulton. The episode in question was aired on January, 24, 2013, and featured a glee-ified rendition of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s rap, “Baby Got Back.”

According to Coulton’s angry fans, Glee‘s arrangement of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s rap is [...]

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Baby Got… A License

On January 30, 2013 By Caitlin Angelette

Confession time: I am a total sucker for acoustic covers of non-acoustic songs. Obadiah Parker’s cover of “Hey Ya” by OutKast is life-changing. If you’ve never heard it, seek it out from a legal source and enjoy. I’ll wait.

Welcome back. Now clearly, Obadiah Parker created his brilliant version legally through a license. He arranged [...]

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Last Thursday, President Obama signed a bill allowing Facebook and other social media users to choose to automatically share the videos they have watched on sites like Netflix.

Facebookers could already share playlists, articles, and other web activities, but the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) banned the sharing of any [...]

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Can casting directors discriminate based on race (or possibly any other basis)?  Under the First Amendment, they can.  The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee recently addressed this question in Claybrooks v. ABC, Inc. In the case, the plaintiffs, two African-American men, alleged discrimination in the casting decisions of the [...]

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