Amica Legis

By Rachel Konieczny


Fair Use doctrine

Earn your stripes, like Adidas did

As Kellogg's Tony the Tiger would say, you must "Earn your stripes." Someone should have told Payless that. In 1994, Payless sold an athletic shoe with two and four parallel stripes, eerily similar to Adidas' trademarked three-stripe mark. The companies reached... Continue Reading →


Courts: Parody away

"Weird Al" Yankovic does it right. In a 1994 case, Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc., the Supreme Court ruled a commercial parody may be fair use and not a copyright infringement. Perhaps one of the most influential IP decisions, Campbell... Continue Reading →

Leif Eriksson Day: Costume Viking helmets violate the Fair Use doctrine

You may or may not know Oct. 9 is Leif Eriksson Day. You may or may not know Eriksson, a Viking, may have been the first to land in North America (sorry, Columbus). You may or may not know the Viking... Continue Reading →

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