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Serial Trademark Troubles: No Registration for the Popular Podcast

Serial is perhaps the biggest success story in the history of podcasting. But the producers of Serial have had a bit less success at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Since shortly after the show debuted in Fall 2014, they have been trying to convince the USPTO to register SERIAL as a trademark. Thus far, they haven’t succeeded.

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Podcast Legal Tips: Endorsements

I’ve provided some Podcast Legal Tips in the past – check out my posts Podcast Trademark Tips and Can I Play Music On My Podcast? In this post, I’m going to get into an area where you can run into real legal and financial trouble – the Federal Trade Commission’s guidelines on endorsements. Fortunately, there are just a few rules to follow that will keep you on the right side of the law.

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Podcast Trademark Tips

Podcasts continue to grow in popularity. If you’re a podcaster, or you’re thinking of launching your own podcast, what do you need to know about trademarks? I’ve put together some Podcast Trademark Tips to help keep podcasters out of legal trouble and guide them towards brands that they can own and protect.

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Copyright Question: Can I Play Music on my Podcast?

After percolating for a decade or so, podcasts have grown wildly in popularity as a communication medium. This is a result of a confluence of factors, not the least of which is the emergence of a certain story about a murder in Baltimore. We are now living in a post-Serial world. And just like with any other form of media, there’s some confusion and lack of information about the rules of the road. All of which brings me to the copyright question at hand: can I play pre-recorded music on my podcast?

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