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Alt Legal IP News - Issue #101

Welcome to Alt Legal IP News, a weekly digest of IP news and developments, delivered right to your inbox. 

 

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

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- 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