No respect

Originally posted 2010-09-13 10:50:43. Republished by Blog Post PromoterMore aggressive branding gone bad:  A Singapore cosmetics company has withdrawn a line of makeup based on complaints concerning its whimsical connections to the founder of Christianity: The products included a “Virtuous vanilla” lip balm and a “Get Tight with Christ” hand and body cream, featuring a picture of Christ flanked by two adoring women. Hat tip to LOC client Robert Burch.

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The wild card in music downloading

Originally posted 2013-12-10 13:01:44. Republished by Blog Post PromoterYou thought college students were lawless about file “sharing”? Well, Russia is feeling its oats these days, what with oil prices up and dictatorship back in style. That’s bad for the music business, or at least from their point of view in the current downloading wars: The Russians really don’t care what the RIAA thinks. Read more

Best of 2012: When brands let us down

Originally posted 2012-12-20 14:00:14. Republished by Blog Post PromoterOriginally posted on February 21, 2012. This was–I thought–my kind of blog post: a guest post on Duets Blog by graphic designer Ellie Drotning: When I hear a well-known brand has redesigned its mark, I’m like a kid on Christmas morning. For a graphic designer with a particular penchant for logos and branding, a new logo is like a gift I can’t wait to tear open. But when I got my first look at J. C. Penney Corp., Inc.’s new logo, I was disappointed. If I had been a four-year-old, I’d have been... Read more

Likelihood of somniloquy

Originally posted 2012-07-01 01:18:59. Republished by Blog Post PromoterThe New York Times: “Trademark is the sleeping giant of intellectual property,” said Paul Goldstein, a professor at the Stanford law school. Who’s sleeping?  No one sleeps around here, believe me. Read more

Fake IP news

Fake IP news isn’t news. For years I’ve been expressing skepticism about the constant drumbeat by Big IP, its enablers and its vendors about the ridiculous figures bandied about as “the annual cost of IP theft.”  I’m not in favor of IP theft; not at all. But it shouldn’t be necessary to lie about it to make the point that’s it bad. At least the government wouldn’t lie about stuff like that, though, right?  Not at all.  It did, and almost certainly still does.  Although at least it kind of admits it. Well, social media changes everything, doesn’t it?  Now... Read more

Head of State

Originally posted 2009-08-05 20:06:55. Republished by Blog Post PromoterSounds almost ordinary enough at first — this tweet from @EFF: Another Obama image fair use controversy: Oh, sure. Another vhWCk?!  What are you, stoned? Whoah, no.  Much better!  No, no, no. Oh, ma-a-a-a-a-a-a-n!. Don’t worry, it’s only a cigarette! They were cheap back then! It was only a matter of time before someone combined a certain memorable image of a young future president with a jokey twist on his campaign slogan … to come up with a message that Barack Obama definitely did not approve. The folks at the National... Read more

When your brand means just about nothing…

Originally posted 2013-01-10 16:01:05. Republished by Blog Post Promoter … you’ll slap onto just about anything, I guess. Or perhaps in a virtually abandoned district of a virtually abandoned city — in this case, Cleveland — it’s more along the lines of, If a brand is treated as valueless, does its crash to the pavement in a ghost town make a sound? I didn’t realize it had gotten that bad for Holiday Inn.   Which is hard to explain, seeing as how I stayed in one once. Once. Read more

A scroll in the desert

Originally posted 2006-11-09 23:09:02. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Rebecca Tushnet gives us the blow-by-blow on the fight over the copyright in the Dead Sea Scrolls. Any juxtaposition of brilliant and talented graverobber Hershel Shanks and hereditary monarch David Nimmer is worth taking a look at. Read more

Splendid Isolation

Originally posted 2006-12-11 11:45:06. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Summary judgment filing today. Trademark, copyright, unfair competition, tortious interference, declaratory judgment, the works. Three years in the making, two in litigation. The universe leans hard upon us on days like this. UPDATE: Put that motion to bed, and it’s looking pretty good, thank God!   Sunset from the Lipstick Building (today) Wish me and my client luck. We’re on the side of the angels on this one… as usual. UPDATE:  Not too shabby. Read more