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Would You Look at That
- Are tattoos copies? And if so, should a copy on a human body be excluded from protection under the Copyright Act?
- In the case concerning modified Instagram posts, Richard Prince's motion to dismiss on fair use grounds was denied.
- A new company, Brandless, is offering an array of products for $3. They are also attempting to get trademark protection for their minimalist packaging. See the most minimal of the applications here.
- Microsoft is using trademark law to wage a quiet battle against a hacking entity, Fancy Bear.
- Could one salesman who works from home bring patent battles back to East Texas?
- Soon you might be able to secretly call 911 using your fingerprint.
Hey, Give That Back!
- The global black market for knock off designer chairs is worth trillions of dollars.
- An Ontario rapper is accusing Coca-Cola of stealing his catchphrase for their bottle packaging.
- Mara Hoffman is suing Forever 21, again, for infringing on her copyright protecting a fabric print.
- Counterfeiters are using brand codewords to dodge the filters set up to identify fake goods.
Odds and Ends
- A former patent examiner and his Alexandria company filed trademark applications for the swastika and racial slurs, claiming those protections will help them push back against bigots.
- Is the N64 making a comeback? A recently filed trademark application is giving some gamers hope.
- Some companies send cease-and-desist letters to fans using their trademarks, others send sandwiches and puppies, even when their fans are nihilists.
- Spotify is being sued for improperly licensing song compositions.
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The Alt Legal Team