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Posts tagged "intellectual property"

Celebrity sued ... for posting image of herself

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.

California company sued by Harley-Davidson over trademark

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.

3 questions to ask before covering a song

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.

The importance of 'transformative' elements

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.

No banana jokes here, just an infringement lawsuit

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.