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Kris Jenner files to trademark her famous catchphrase “You’re doing amazing sweetie!”

In typical Kris Jenner fashion business is always in the works, even a pandemic couldn’t stop her. The business mogul is looking to trademark one of her iconic catchphrase “you’re doing amazing sweetie.” The catchphrase was...

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Justice For Ahmaud Arbery: Meet The Black Lawyer Crew

by Tequila Higgins On February 23, 2020 Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed 25 year old Black man, was gunned down in a South Georgia neighborhood in broad daylight due to a father (Greg McMichael) and son (Trevor McMichael) “policing” their...

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Disney Opposes the Use of Its Trademarked Phrase, ‘Hakuna Matata’

by Khadija Dukes Image via Wikimedia Commons Once again, Disney’s most beloved movie, The Lion King, is in headlines, but this time not for its cinematic debut. On July 31, 2019, Disney filed an opposition with the United States Patent...

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Trademark Battle over “Battle Angel”

by Goeun Son Movies and book titles are typically not copyrightable since a short phrase is not eligible to be copyrighted. Instead, you can rely on trademark protection for short titles. That’s where this big trademark lawsuit...

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Trademarks And Politics

by Goeun Son President Trump’s foreign policy doesn’t just have impact on national relation with other countries. It unexpectedly touched upon another legal issue: trademark. Trump posted on Twitter an image that borrowed the famous...

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Digital Millennium Copyright Act

by Goeun Son It was 1976 when Copyright Act became the primary basis of copyright law. At that time, the Congress may not have expected that one thing would become a huge part of copyright issues: the Internet. Now people can post almost anything...

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“[Some] of the Stars” Are In the Hot Seat for Possible Copyright Infringement

I’m not sure if you’ve heard about the lawsuit against Universal Music Group, Kendrick Lamar, SZA and other creatives who were affiliated with the song “All of the Stars” that was on the Black Panther soundtrack. Lina Iris...

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How Original is Your Work?

By Go-eun Son When you copyright your work, keep three things in mind: copyright protects 1) original works of authorship 2) fixed in a tangible medium of 3) expression. That means literary, dramatic, musical, artistic...

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Works Made For Hire

by Gouen Son Things get complicated when you hire another person to create a work on behalf of you. If you are an executive film producer and hire a writer to create a screenplay, a copyright ownership of that screenplay doesn’t necessarily...

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Licensing Music For Films

by Goeun Son Music is one of very important parts to consider from a legal perspective when you create a movie. (of course, music is essential as well for quality films) I want to put my favorite song, “Game of Love” by Santana, in my...

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