31
Oct/07

Legal Aid v. Legal Aid


Enquirer.com: “Legal Aid Sues Alleged Copycat
“The Legal Aid Society filed the suit this week after learning several potential clients mistakenly called Legal Aid Alternative for help, only to be turned away or charged $350 for useless documents.”



30
Oct/07

Fuzzy Math For Pirated Goods


WSJ.com: “Efforts to Quantify Sales of Pirated Goods Lead to Fuzzy Figures:
“”It is virtually impossible to find accurate statistics to substantiate these perceptions” that counterfeiting is on the rise, the ICC author wrote.
The barriers to accurate data on piracy are clear: It’s a shadowy business run by criminals.”



30
Oct/07

Canadian Public Domain Site Shuttered


The Toronto Star: Music Takedown Strikes The Wrong Chord

Copyright expires in Canada 50 years after the author’s death. European copyright expires 70 years after the author’s death. Accordingly, some works might be public domain in Canada that might still be protected in Europe.
The International Music Score Library Project is a not-for-profit Canadian site hosting works that are public domain in Canada.
IMSLP received this demand letter from the Austrian publisher of composers such as Bartok and Mahler (Bartok died 62 years ago, Mahler died 96 years ago (??)). The letter threatens legal action against the coordinator of IMSLP personally, in Europe, and notes that Canada could enforce such a judgement.
So IMSLP has shuttered its site for now.



29
Oct/07

Cause of Action Barbie: Handcrafted Jewelry Made Out Of Barbies


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Margaux Lange handcrafted jewlery, neither sponsored nor authorized by Mattel.
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29
Oct/07

"Hey Google! Where'd You Get That Logo?"


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Interesting analysis from the designer of the SMASHLAB logo above
, discussing the similarities between the two logos, in a designer’s terms.



28
Oct/07

Avis Contests Law Blogger's Use of AVIS Logo In Law Blog Article Discussing Matter That Concerns Avis


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In September, the New York Personal Injury Blog reported on a court decision in which a federal judge held that a 2005 federal law that abolished vicarious liability for car renting and leasing companies. It illustrated the article with the logos of Hertz and Avis.
Eric Turkewitz, author of the blog, now reports that Fred Grumman, Associate General Counsel of Avis, posted the following comment on the blog:
Mr. Turkewitz: This particular piece has just been brought to my attention.
We have the greatest respect for your right to express your opinions on your blog, but that does not include the right to use Avis’ trademark as you have done in this particular piece.
Understandably, trademark law is not within your area of expertise. Therefore, we trust that this was done out of ignorance and not based on an intent to misuse our mark to the benefit of your personal injury practice.
We ask that you remove it immediately and refrain from any similar use in the future.
Thank you for you prompt attention to this request.
Fred Grumman
Associate General Counsel
Avis Budget Group, Inc.



22
Oct/07

HIGH DEFINITION LIVING v. HIGH DEFINITION LIVING


Press Release: Nuvision Files Lawsuit Against Panasonic For Trademark Infringement:
NuVision® U.S. Inc., a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based manufacturer of high performance 1080p LED DLP and Deep Black™ LCD HDTV displays, announced today that it has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona against Panasonic Corp. of North America seeking to prevent Panasonic from infringing upon and deliberately copying and using NuVision’s registered “High Definition Living” trademark.



22
Oct/07

"I Was a Hacker For The MPAA"


Wired.com: “I Was a Hacker for the MPAA“:
The MPAA’s use of Anderson is one of a series of controversies the movie industry is confronting in its zero-tolerance war on piracy. MediaDefender, a California company that tracks and disrupts file sharing of movies and music, was reported to Swedish authorities last month by The Pirate Bay, after an internet leak revealed the extent to which MediaDefender pollutes file-sharing services with fake, decoy content. And an executive at a national theater chain successfully pressed New Jersey authorities in August to prosecute a teenager for filming 20 seconds of a movie at a theater to show to her little brother later.
With regard to allegtions that copyright owners ‘pollute file-sharing services with fake, decopy content’, I have always been concerned to what extent an IP owner can commit what might possibly be tortious behavior towards an entity whose activites may be wholly or partly lawful with regard to that IP owner.



22
Oct/07

New Blackwater Logo To Target Consumers And Not Bear Paws


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The rifle-scope crosshairs so obvious in the old Blackwater logo have been reduced to a set of horizontal elipses that bracket, but no longer enclose, the paw print, which has also changed to more closely resemble an actual bear-paw imprint. The original Blackwater logo had thick white serif lettering draped over the crosshairs on a menacing black field. The new logo separates the image and the letters, which now appear in buttoned-down sans-serif black and slightly italicized on a white field.
Though the red elipses in the new logo retain the horizontal crosshairs, the overall look is far less “kick your butt” and much more “quarterly report,” some branding experts said. The new logo, which began to appear on some Blackwater material in late July, may also speak volumes about the company’s desire to begin its second decade on a more anodyne note.

NY Times: “Blackwater Softens Its Logo From Macho to Corporate.”



20
Oct/07

What Search Marketers Should Know About Trademark Law


SearchEngineWatch: “Trademark Law – What Search Marketers Should Know, Part 1
Trademark Law – What Search Marketers Should Know, Part 2.