It's not uncommon for celebrities -- movie stars, singers, pro athletes, fashion icons and others -- to take aggressive legal action to protect themselves and their family members against unlawful invasions of privacy and/or the denigration of their reputations and brands.
If you're of a certain age, a single and strong image likely leaps out at you when you hear the phrase "The Greatest Show on Earth."
We'll just tack on an ending to that partially denoted sentence in today's post headline above, to wit: " … just imagine what company executives are thinking now, in the wake of a more recent copyright-related headache."
A California-based clothing company is being sued by Harley-Davidson over an alleged trademark infringement. Reports published on Dec. 28 indicate that the motorcycle manufacturer filed a lawsuit in its home state of Wisconsin seeking millions in punitive and compensatory damages and demanding that Affliction Clothing cease any further infringements of trademarks protected under U.S. intellectual property laws.
A California federal judge has now spent more than a year overseeing an intellectual property dispute involving big-time names in the entertainment industry.
In the age of viral videos featuring cute kids singing songs on YouTube, covering another artist’s music seems standard. Even with the ubiquity of cover songs, it’s still important to make sure that before you record music written and performed by another artist you have the right permission.
Walk into any trendy store and you’ll see it: the classic band tee.
When we consider movies based on a person’s real-life experiences, we may not think about how the creative licenses a writer or director took to tell the audience a story. After all, a writer or director may rely on embellished impressions of true stories as well as fictional characters based on real people. While this may lead to a great story (and a fantastic movie), the real-life people depicted in them may feel like their identities were improperly used; either because they disagree with how the story was told their likeness and experiences were portrayed differently.
It's certainly true that seeing someone dressed in a banana suit on Halloween hardly qualifies as news. A recent banana-themed article (we concede that there aren't many of those) points out that people across the country collectively spend about $3.4 billion on costumes for October's seminal party evening. And, reportedly, more than a few quid of that massive outflow goes toward banana costumes.
At first blush, Brendan Richmond seems about a universe away from being the type of person who looks at the world narrowly and in a humorless fashion. Rather, Richmond -- who is a described Canadian "comedy rapper" -- seems more immediately akin to a gentle soul who lives life with an essentially laid-back and laissez-faire attitude.