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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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