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Astrachan and Thomas on Brand Recognition

Manufacturers will parody well known products to take advantage of brand recognition among consumers. Their humorous brands are similar but not identical to the products they parody. Often challenged by the brand's owner, they sometimes prevail and sometimes they do not. In this Analysis, James B...

But I'm Your Biggest Fan! Protecting Your Brand Without Alienating Loyal Fans - Video Presentation

Web 2.0 and your brand and your fans, what are the implications for brand owners, and how best to protect your brand in the internet age. Anne Gilson discusses these issues plus more in: "But I'm Your Biggest Fan! Protecting Your Brand Without Alienating Loyal Fans. "

South Park and the Butt Song: A Marriage Made in Fair Use Heaven

Even the oddest compositions deserve copyright protection. But in a similar vein, even the oddest compositions beckon parody. Which brings us to the song, What What (In the Butt) . Which then brings us to the animated television show, South Park . Brownmark Films, LLC co-owns the copyright...

Parody Paradox

On May 14, in a non-precedential opinion , the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ("TTAB") in the matter of PRL U.S.A. Holdings, Inc. v. Thread Pit, Inc . cancelled Thread Pit's registration of the mark: Thread Pit's mark for "t-shirts and collared polo shirts" was...

Parody Paradox

On May 14, in a non-precedential opinion , the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ("TTAB") in the matter of PRL U.S.A. Holdings, Inc. v. Thread Pit, Inc . cancelled Thread Pit's registration of the mark: Thread Pit's mark for "t-shirts and collared polo shirts" was...