Tag: Copyright

Copyright infringement in literature, art, and film from 1923 to present. Enjoy a nefarious tale or two about intellectual property theft, on me, gratis.

How to Trademark Your Face

I love Facebook. Some days, I almost love it as much as I love pie (or pi). But when the Ministry of Silly Walks informed me several days ago that the Patent and Trademark Office had given Facebook the go-ahead to move forward with its trademark application for the word "Face," I was appalled.

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A Pirate’s Life For Me

As all of you who have ever watched a DVD know, each Blu-Ray begins with an unskippable anti-piracy blurb that equates copyright infringement with raiding of the sort that felled the Incas and filled Billy Bones' sea chest with doubloons. Which is only to be expected when copyright owners refer to copyright infringement as "theft."

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Just Say No to Nescafé

If you are like me, you may have a vague recollection of a strange case filed some eight years ago in which Nestlé was accused of misappropriating the likeness of a former model to use on the labels of everyone's favorite, Taster's Choice Coffee. Sounds like much ado about nothing at first

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