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

Celebrity Rights

It is undisputed that Bogart liked his Burberry trenchcoat. No, wait, I take that back. He loved his Burberry trenchcoat. In fact, he loved it so much that he actually wore the same coat in the two films that still serve as templates for how to bring hardboiled detective noir to the silver screen [...]

By |2019-10-01T22:20:26+00:00September 22nd, 2019|Business, International, Trademarks|0 Comments

Helpful Trademarks

Those of you who watch Hulu on a regular basis will have noticed the ubiquitous advertising that is increasingly crowded into all the popular shows. From two or perhaps three 30-second advertisements when Hulu debuted, viewers are now subjected to five or six full-minute advertisements, transforming the vaunted cable killer into the equivalent of [...]

By |2019-10-10T21:42:14+00:00September 20th, 2019|Business, International, Trademarks|0 Comments

Creative Commons

When Larry Lessig came up with the idea for the Creative Commons, he intended to create an alternative licensing system that would solve copyright registration problems in the United States. While admirable, the idea in many respects serves to enshrine the current copyright regime as a monarchy and forces us to accommodate that system. [...]

By |2019-10-01T22:21:30+00:00September 16th, 2019|Entertainment, International, 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