Amica Legis

By Rachel Konieczny


Intellectual Property

Legal community must be reactive to gene-editing technology

It's no secret that technology develops at a rate incomparable to that of law. As the legal community grapples to regulate AI, the music industry, and social media, another industry seeks legal attention: gene editing. The gene-editing company CRISPR Therapeutics,... Continue Reading →


The music industry, intellectual property, and Trump walk into a room

Today, I was frustrated that American media outlets seemingly focused more on Kanye West's meeting with President-elect Donald Trump than the crisis in Aleppo, Syria. As a journalist, certain stories should take priority. As readers, we need to better prioritize what news we consume. However, West may have... Continue Reading →

Best of the best: legal blogs

For the tenth consecutive year, the ABA Journal has released a list of the top 100 law blogs. After taking a look, here are some of my favorites: Excess of Democracy Derek T. Muller, professor at the Pepperdine University School of Law,... Continue Reading →

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 →

IP cartoons ARE funny

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The cereal that started a lawsuit

Kellogg's famous Frosted Mini-Wheats cereal would have never became a reality if it wasn't for the expiration of two 1912 patents and some rebranding. In 1893, Henry Perky developed Shredded Whole Wheat cereal, displaying it at the World Fair in... Continue Reading →

Does Friday prevent music piracy?

Do you know what day music is globally released? In the U.S., the music industry traditionally released new music on Tuesday. On July 10, 2015, "New Music Tuesday" became "New Music Friday"  to appease the global music industry. Led by the International... Continue Reading →

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