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From Streetwear to the Supreme Court: An Alt Legal Interview with John Sommer

From Streetwear to the Supreme Court: An Alt Legal Interview with John Sommer

On Monday, April 15th, 2019 the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Iancu v. Brunetti, which will likely address whether Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act’s prohibition on the federal registration of “immoral” or “scandalous” marks is facially invalid under the free speech clause of the First Amendment. Erik Brunetti, a streetwear icon, was barred by the USPTO for receiving a trademark registration because his clothing company FUCT was considered immoral or scandalous.

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #121

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #121

- Justice Alito has unrecused himself, which he has previously done nine times, in the ongoing Oracle copyright case. 

- The Supreme Court has two copyright cases on their January argument calendar. One will try to resolve when registration of a copyright claim has "been made."

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #73

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #73

Boing Boing (Happy Mutants LLC) filed a motion to dismiss in their case against Playboy, who is alleging copyright infringement because of links to images of Playboy centerfolds. Playboy's response brief suggests they might be backing down. 

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #59

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #59

The production company behind the Simpsons has filed trademark applications for their closing credits logo, animation, and jingle

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #57

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #57

Levi's is suing Vineyard Vines over a tab with a small image of a whale on the back pocket of their jeans.

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #56

Alt Legal IP News - Issue #56

Yoko Ono stepped in to halt the sale of "John Lemon" lemonade