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You're a Character
- Disney may have to go to trial if they want to continue their fight to prevent knockoff characters from appearing at birthday parties.
- Disney also may oppose a Black Panther-themed cryptocurrency.
- A producer hoped the public domain would allow him to bring a favorite character to the big screen, but he is now in a fight that may impact the future of copyright protection.
Putting up a Fight
- Nike's copyright protection team worked with the NYPD and ICE to bust a bootleg Air Jordan ring. At least five people were arrested for trafficking the counterfeit shoes.
- Here's a story of how one startup brand fought a global fight against infringers.
- Is Nintendo using copyright law to erase video game history?
- Graffiti artists are fighting back against brands that steal their works.
Pay to Play
- Should common law copyright for pre-1972 sound recordings be taken more seriously?
- Cardi B filed a trademark application for her daughter's name, an increasingly commoncelebrity trend.
- Royalties are complex, and this article breaks down how musicians ultimately make money (or don't).
Odds and Ends
- MoMaCha is expanding, despite ongoing infringement claims.
- Cars had many terrible names before being called automobiles.
- Most famous brands have recognizable logos, but they also often have more subtle brand archetypes.
- What are the economics of failed trademark applications in the US?
- Video game mods are changing the intellectual property game and launching some games out of obscurity.
See you next week!
Hannah from Alt Legal