Alt Legal IP News - Issue #93

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How Does This Look?

- A European Court has handed down the long-awaited decision in the Christian Louboutin ‘red soles’ dispute.

- Dog toy manufacturers love a parody product

- Nike canceled plans for a clothing line after the Naval Academy claimed the proposed logo design infringed on their logo.

Make Believe

- Here is the story of how TV's most popular fake beer brand came to be. The trademark application for the brand is abandoned.


- Warner Bros. is cracking down on unauthorized Harry Potter fan festivals. Some fans are likening the studio to Voldemort.

- A Chinese company held an elaborate fashion show to celebrate a collaboration with Supreme. All of the clothes, the partnership, and the man introduced as the president of Supreme were actually fake. 

Some Kind of Art

- A new proposed European copyright law could make memes illegal

- A Virginia court found fair use in a copyright infringement case between a photographer and a festival promoter using a photo to map locations for festival attendees. Check out the full decision here and the Twitter summary here

- The judge in the 5 Pointz case issued a scathing decision against the developer, including a detailed account of how the graffiti works are federally protected.

 Odds and Ends

- An inventor says Google filed patent applications for work he put in the public domain.

At least one soccer player made sure to file trademark applications in advance of the World Cup. 

- VooDoo Brewing responded to a trademark dispute by changing the name of a beer to "Non-Trademark Infringement Alma Mater IPA."

- DJ Khaled is already enforcing trademark rights in his 18-month-old son's name. This is an interesting article on some concerns this enforcement raises.

- A "Taco Tuesday" dispute is brewing in Australia. One restaurant sent cease and desist notices to others, alleging they have rights to the phrase.

- IP + Pride Month: The Library of Congress has put together some wonderful and very comprehensive collections by the LGBT community. I particularly liked the Van Vechten Collection and the Global Legal Monitor for LGBT rights.

See you next week!

Hannah from Alt Legal


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