Alt Legal IP News - Issue #91

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New Developments

- #CockyGate is on hold for now. A judge in the Southern District of New York denied a preliminary injunction based on her analysis of the Polaroid factors. You can read a transcript of the proceeding (worth a read) here.

- The creators of Happytime Murders responded to a lawsuit with a puppet lawyer. Sesame Workshop has now dropped their claims.


- Jerry Seinfeld is facing a bulked-up lawsuit over allegations that he stole the idea for Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

Snack Attack

- Two bacon giants are in a patent dispute over superheated steam cooking technology

- Kraft uses patents to dominate the "mac and cheese wars."

- At least 15 major food brands use different names around the world, sometimes for trademark-related reasons.

History Lesson

- A funny tweet led me down a morbid internet rabbit hole about inventors who were killed by their own inventions

- This is an interesting read on how a radical Indian poet changed copyright law.

- Curious about common-law copyright for sound recordings? Here is a condensed history

- A t-shirt maker used a 150-year-old nautical icon to sink a rival.

 Odds and Ends

- An heir of an Egyptian composer unsuccessfully tried to enforce moral rights to a flute melody sampled in "Big Pimpin" by Jay-Z. 

- A Japanese startup, the "Netflix of furniture," has pulled most of their collection amid plagiarism allegations. 

- The Electronic Frontier Foundation is fighting for public access to patent disputes

- IP + Pride Month: Meet the man who kept the rainbow flag free.  

See you next week!

The Alt Legal Team


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