Category: Kandis’ Posts

Cheerleading Fashions Copyright Clash

Cheerleading Fashions Copyright Clash Cheerleading Fashions Copyright Clash • 2016 05 18 varsity sports

Can you copyright your fashions? In general, clothing designs: i.e., the cut and design of articles of clothing, are not protected by copyright law because the statute expressly excludes protection for “useful articles.” One of the murkiest issues in copyright law is how to determine what transforms a “useful article” otherwise not protected by copyright […]

Political Satire Gets ‘Berned’ on IP Laws

Political Satire Gets ‘Berned’ on IP Laws Political Satire Gets 'Berned' on IP Laws • 2016 05 13 berniesanders

The 2016 Presidential election campaign is in full swing and the world of IP law is not immune from it. But we aren’t talking about policy positions, we’re talking trademark and copyright. Last month, lawyers for the Bernie Sanders campaign sent a cease and desist letter to political satire gear creator Liberty Maniacs claiming that […]

Your Batmobile Might Be Infringing on IP Rights

Your Batmobile Might Be Infringing on IP Rights Your Batmobile Might Be Infringing on IP Rights • 2016 05 11 batmobile

Your car can be a copyrighted character. Ok, not really. But the Batmobile is. And other cars in films may be as well. DC Comics sued Gotham Garage for copyright infringement alleging that the custom “Batmobile” cars and car modification kits manufactured by Gotham Garage violated DC Comics’ copyrights. Gotham countered that cars are not […]

Star Trek Fan Fiction Gets the Ax-nar from Infringement

Star Trek Fan Fiction Gets the Ax-nar from Infringement Star Trek Fan Fiction Gets the Ax-nar from Infringement • 2016 05 05 star trek axnar podcast

Can you copyright a language? Or a species? Or a yellow shirt? CBS and Paramount who own copyrights to the Star Trek television series and movies sued Axnar Productions, Inc. and Alec Peters alleging copyright infringement based on their short film “Prelude to Axnar” and their crowd-funding campaign to produce a feature length film titled […]

National Parks & Trademark Disputes Continue

National Parks & Trademark Disputes Continue National Parks & Trademark Disputes Continue • 2016 04 08 yosemite podcast

As of March 1, visitors to Yosemite National Park could no longer stay at the Ahwahnee Hotel or the Wawona Hotel or visit Curry Village or Badger Pass. That’s because the National Park Service changed the names due to a trademark dispute with DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc., the former concessionaire from the […]

Battle Over Disparagement Rocks on at USPTO

Battle Over Disparagement Rocks on at USPTO Battle Over Disparagement Rocks on at USPTO • 2016 03 31 redskins football

There’s more news in the constitutional fight we’ve discussed before over trademarks, rock bands, and football teams. You’ll recall that the constitutionality of the so-called “disparagement” provision of the trademark act is an issue in the Redskins case, which is still pending in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. It was also an issue in […]