Alt Legal IP News - Issue #119

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Sing It

- Disney's trademark registration for Hakuna Matata is causing Swahili speakers to discuss cultural appropriation

- The use of a 2-second clip of a Kraftwerk song may constitute copyright infringement in the EU.

- After over 5 years, the Blurred Lines copyright lawsuit is finally over, with Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams owing about $5 million.

Men, Women, and Baes

Old Bay isn't too happy with a startup's New Bae spice mix. 

- India may soon expedite the patent application process for female inventors. 
- GE is getting ideas for new product lines and trademark applications from SNL. 

Up to No Good

- The government is hoping to strip a biker gang of a trademark registration for their insignia. Now that the gang has been found guilty of racketeering, the government is one step closer.

- Could Amazon's new patent be used to build a "suspicious persons database?"

Facebook may know where you are going before you do.

 Odds and Ends

- In late November, Jay-Z attempted to halt arbitration in an ongoing trademark case, citing lack of diversity. Jay-Z has withdrawn the motion after arbitrators indicated an openness to alter processes and introduce more diversity.

- Gavin McGinnis, the founder of the white nationalist group The Proud Boys, has been banned from YouTube for copyright infringement.

- This is an interesting look at the downfall of Shipping & Transit, a company that was once the largest filer of patent lawsuits.

- Need a gift for an intellectual property lover in your life? Check out this guide.

There will be no digest next week due to Christmas, but I will be back on January 2nd with a new issue!


Happy Holidays!

Hannah from Alt Legal