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How To Find & Monetize Valuable Copyrights On University Campuses

Copyright licensing is probably the last thing on students’ minds as they return to college campuses across the country.  Yet with the increasingly difficult financial problems facing universities, there has been a renewed urgency to find ways to monetize inventions, discoveries … Continue reading

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Who Dat? The NFL And Trademarks.

Whether you were looking for false advertising claims on the Super Bowl commercials, roving the streets of Miami looking for counterfeit merchandise or just enjoying the game, the Super Bowl had a little something for everyone. The NFL even threw those who have a special … Continue reading

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You Chose: Four Years Of Litigation Or Taking Care Of The Copyright Portfolio

As one of my daughters has discovered Calvin & Hobbes cartoons, I wonder whether she’ll be inspired to try some of Calvin’s outlandish ideas such as barreling down a steep hillside and over the abyss in a red wagon or if … Continue reading

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Debate Continues Whether A Photography Is A Derivative Work, But 7th Circuit Issues Broad Ruling

Derivative.  Is there a less appealing or scarier word in which to start a horror novel or blog post? The very word conjures up everything complex in the financial world and issynonymous with our current economic disaster. Woe be to … Continue reading

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Now For Something Completely Different: Mattel Licenses “Barbie Girl” From Aqua

A commercial that played this Halloween promoting a new line of Barbie Fashionista dolls reminded me of an earlier blog post in which I wrote about some of the legal lessons learned from Barbie.  One of those lessons involved the parody of Barbie in the song “Barbie … Continue reading

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Michael Jackson: The Music And Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Continues

While on a vacation in Northern Michigan recently, Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” started playing in a local tavern.  The song seemed out of place in the northern woods, but as I looked around, I could sense that the conversation at a number … Continue reading

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Are You Gambling With Your Copyright By Entering That Photography Contest?

“Winner, winner, chicken dinner!” I’m told that the phrase first started in Las Vegas casinos where you would hear gamblers and dealers yell it out as winners would earn enough from their bets to buy the three-piece chicken special at the casinos.  … Continue reading

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How Far Do You Go To Enforce Your Trademarks?

George Carlin’s list of words you could not say on television is among the classics.  Although the list has evolved over time, the NCAA has another list of words that is vying for attention when you talk about men’s college basketball. This list applies, … Continue reading

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