• Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories: Rick James & Prince – Chappelle’s Show
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    Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories: Rick James & Prince – Chappelle’s Show

    I can recall another one like that. I think it was in ’85, when all that androgyny s**t was going on. What was wild was that the guy who looked the most like a bitch was getting all the women. Even I had Jheri curls coming out and I had my s**t slicked to the side and all that. If you wearing baggy s**t now and you acting hard, if you from L.A., you motherf**kers was wearing some strange s**t. We in the club, we getting our groove on, shaking it up, and Prince came in. That’s when “Purple Rain” came out, and Prince was the s**t. You know what…

  • Fashion & Intellectual Property
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    Fashion & Intellectual Property

    Fashion is a form of art. Art is just a way of expressing yourself. Fashion is a trend. It really defines a lot of people. It touches everybody. It’s an industry that has 100% participation. It’s not a frivolity. It’s something that is a reflection of people’s hopes and their dreams. I would say fashion is never going away. Whether it be digital stores or Instagram, there’s always going to be fashion. People are always gonna buy clothes. Fashion’s important because it stands in for who we are as individuals, as well as being an enormous industry, from design to production to retail, and everything in between. Intellectual property is…

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    Fashion & Intellectual Property

    Fashion is a form of art. Art is just a way of expressing yourself. Fashion is a trend. It really defines a lot of people. It touches everybody. It’s an industry that has 100% participation. It’s not a frivolity. It’s something that is a reflection of people’s hopes and their dreams. I would say fashion is never going away. Whether it be digital stores or Instagram, there’s always going to be fashion. People are always gonna buy clothes. Fashion’s important because it stands in for who we are as individuals, as well as being an enormous industry, from design to production to retail, and everything in between. Intellectual property is…

  • Star Athletica: One Year Later
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    Star Athletica: One Year Later

    Star Athletica was a case that involved a major producer of cheerleading uniforms, Varsity Brands. And, um, they alleged that Star Athletica, which was kind of a up-and-coming producer of cheerleading uniforms, had infringed some of Varsity’s designs. Star Athletica is a case that involved the application of pictorial, graphic or sculptural works to a useful article. In general, anything can be s- protected by copyright. One of the exceptions is that useful articles are not. So what happens to a work that would otherwise be protected by copyright law? A painting or a sculpture, when it’s applied to a useful article? And the heart of that case was whether…

  • Iancu v. Brunetti [SCOTUSbrief]
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    Iancu v. Brunetti [SCOTUSbrief]

    In the case of Iancu versus Brunetti, what’s at issue is whether or not the Trademark Office should be required to register marks that are immoral or scandalous, that is, marks that might offend a substantial portion of the general population. The parties are Iancu, who’s Director of the Patent and Trademark Office, and Mr. Brunetti, who is the founder of a clothing company that sells high-end, modern, edgy street wear under the brand name FUCT. Mr. Brunetti, uh, tried to register as a trademark the name of his company, FUCT, and the Trademark Office, uh, rejected his application as being, uh, immoral or scandalous under Section 2(a) of the…