The story goes that Nike's "JUST DO IT" mark originated from
the 1977 execution of murderer, Gary Gilmore. Gilmore, who was executed by a Utah
firing squad, offered as his final words, "Let's do it."
As told in Jonah Lehrer's...
On June 7 th , Angela Adams, LLC filed a copyright
action against Target, Wal-Mart, and Mohawk Industries, accusing them of
copyright infringement involving rug designs. The federal complaint, filed in
Maine, alleges that Mohawk is manufacturing and...
Plaintiff Rogue Satellite Comics
recently sued DreamWorks Animation for copyright infringement. Rogue owns the
copyright to a comic character named "Kingfish" (© 1996). In its complaint,
Rogue alleges that the Kingfish character was...
When somebody talks you up, what's the best way to thank
them? Offer them a bouquet of flowers? Send them a card? Take them to court?
third option - a warm "thank you" via complaint - isn't as unlikely as you might suspect....
According to a recent complaint filed by the Authors Guild, several Universities and the HathiTrust are engaging in "...one of the largest
copyright infringements in history." The lawsuit concerns Google's on-going digitization
On March 6 th , the Southern District of New York
dismissed a trademark lawsuit filed against Oprah Winfrey, holding that Oprah's
use of the phrase "Own Your Power" did not infringe plaintiff's
trademark. The court held that Oprah's...
Prisoners have a legal right to register their copyrights
with the Library of Congress, according to a recent decision from the Third
Bernard Carter Jerry-El (Jerry), a prisoner in
Pennsylvania, intended to submit his book to the Library of...
Active Sports Lifestyle USA, a manufacturer of active wear
for extreme athletes/riders, recently filed a trademark infringement action
against Old Navy. Old Navy is accused of infringing the "Active" trademark, which
UPDATE: On July 13 th , ex-Green Bay
Packer, Darrell Thompson, filed a similar class action lawsuit in the District
of Minnesota. View or download the complaint filed in Thompson v. NFL, 11-01900 (D. Minn. 07-13-11) .
Sports Illustrated called...
State University licenses and markets many items using the trademarks "scarlet
and gray," "Buckeye(s)," "Brutus Buckeye," the Block O with
or without Buckeye Leaves, "Go Bucks," and the "Buckeye...
I'm designating myself the Chicken Little of academic
copyrights. Last week, I wrote about the lecture note monkeyshines at UC Berkley , where students are
restricted from note sharing because of instructor copyrights. This week, I
look up and...
The licensed distribution
of Russian DVDs without a subtitle "shut off" did not infringe a separate copyright
license to distribute Russian-language-only DVDs, according to a recent
decision from the Eastern District of New York.
Red M&Ms, red Crayolas red Porsches - let's hope they
never end. But what about the famous red shoe battle between designers Christian
Louboutin and Yves Saint Laurent? You thought there was an end to that red
You might be...
for the ages. Could television's greatest talent competitions all be the
product of infringement? One man asserts they are.
Australian Paul Thayil filed a pro se complaint in the Southern District of New
Last week, N'Genuity
Enterprises sued Chick-fil-A for trademark infringement. The oddities (I mean "facts")
of the case involve ex-professional athlete Bo Jackson, the "Bo Burger," and
the talking cow from the Chick-fil-A commercials...