Hollywood Trademarks

History circa 2012:   The long awaited prequel to The Lord of the Rings is about to appear at a luxury movie theater near you, where you can lounge on heated leather seats and eats tiny morsels of crab for second breakfast as long as you are careful not to spill any on your complimentary chinchilla [...]

By |2019-10-10T21:33:59+00:00September 28th, 2019|Business, Copyrights, International, Trademarks|0 Comments

Rules for Collaboration

This is a tale with a simple premise. You and a friend decide to collaborate on a screenplay. He’s got a great idea for Godzilla meets Colossus meets Gigantor meets angry mythological Greek from Wrath of the Titans, and you’ve got massive writing chops, as evidenced by the 14 screenplays you’ve got moldering in [...]

By |2019-10-10T21:38:30+00:00September 25th, 2019|Business, Copyrights, Trademarks|0 Comments

Product Placement

I remember back in 1991 I was reading American Psycho, the Bret Easton Ellis novel about the yuppie serial killer and sexual sadist who was also fixated on material luxury items – Hermes ties, Bruno Magli shoes, Corneliani suits, cashmere gloves and other fetishistic items – that served as a kind of shorthand for [...]

By |2019-10-10T21:45:39+00:00September 19th, 2019|Copyrights, Entertainment, Trademarks|0 Comments

First Sale Doctrine

In 2013, the United States Supreme Court heard the case of Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., which involves the application of the copyright laws to the time-honored American tradition of buying cheap and selling dear. The facts in Kirtsaeng were straightforward. A foreign graduate student studying mathematics at USC realized one day [...]

By |2019-10-01T22:21:52+00:00August 29th, 2019|Copyrights, International, Trademarks|0 Comments

Entertainment: Barbie Wars

Barbie is, of course, an American icon known to virtually every man, woman and child in the United States. Even if you are a man (and played with G.I. Joe as a boy), your sisters played with Barbies, or your cousins did, or the girls down the street had tea parties with Barbie in [...]

By |2019-10-01T22:22:13+00:00August 28th, 2019|Business, Copyrights, Entertainment, Trademarks|0 Comments