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The Who’s On First Copyright Fair Use Case

The heirs of Abbott & Costello sued the producers of the Broadway hit “Hand to God” over the use of the famous “Who’s On First?” routine in the show. The court ruled that the play’s use of the comedy routine was copyright fair use.

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Who Owns Guns N’ Roses?

With all the talk about Guns N’ Roses’ imminent reunion at Coachella 2016, I thought I’d take a look at the GUNS N’ ROSES trademark situation. As you’ll see, the status remains unclear.

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Big First Amendment Trademark News: The Slants Win on Appeal

A very important first amendment trademark ruling came down today in the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (which is a U.S. Federal court) involving the restriction on immoral, scandalous, and disparaging trademarks. Here are two previous blog posts where I discussed the “immoral, scandalous, and disparaging” issue: in 2012 and 2014. The Slants Case Let’s start where today’s court opinion begins: “Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act bars the Patent and Trademark Office (“PTO”) from registering scandalous, immoral, or disparaging marks.” The Lanham Act is the federal law that governs trademarks. You can read the whole court opinion…

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