In recent weeks a series of unrelated trademarks cases have come to the forefront in the news that should give small businesses (i.e., non-corporate behemoths) a reason to smile. In each of these cases, a small business David has protected its trademark against a corporate Goliath. The moral of the story: a proactive legal strategy…Read more
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Just a heads up, I have a guest post on the California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) blog today on the attempted pizza trademark case in Texas-check it out! Public Domain Photo by Jon Sullivan (pdphoto.org.)Read more
A decision in a recent copyright infringement case in the Northern District of California shows that cries of fair use may fall on deaf ears if there is no discernable transformative use to point to, and demonstrates the importance of a well-written web developer agreement containing a warranties and indemnification clause. In the 8-page summary…Read more
The Beastie Boys need no introduction: seminal hip-hop artists from the birthplace of hip-hop who later morphed into genre-bending icons fusing sometimes disparate influences and sonic elements into a cohesive positive musical message. This article is not an ode to the Beasties’ musical pursuits but rather a survey of their legal exploits throughout their careers,…Read more
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