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Yesterday, a federal court issued a major ruling against social
media giant Pinterest in a trademark
infringement lawsuit against much smaller startup Pintrips.
Pinterest is America’s third largest social network behind
Facebook and Twitter. The company is currently valued at $11 billion and has an
estimated 80 million monthly users. Users view, share, and organize content by
creating “pins” on their virtual pin boards.
Pintrips is self-described as a collaborative trip-planning
dashboard for tracking flights and prices across destinations in real time.
Creating a parody of a well-recognized brand is a popular way
to captivate the public, à la the “Dumb
Starbucks” phenomenon that took the internet by storm last year and had LA
residents lining up around the block for a cup of “dumb coffee.”
But is this type of witty commentary legal? Well, as any
lawyer will tell you, it depends.
Parody can be raised as a defense to a trademark or
copyright infringement lawsuit.
Taylor Swift has been raising eyebrows recently, but not for
the reasons you may think. This time, instead of the 25-year-old pop star’s love life
being the topic of discussion, it’s her recent legal activity. Swift Co
has filed more than 37 federal trademark applications in the past six months,
setting off a firestorm of speculation.
Swift’s applications seek protection for phrases like “this
sick beat,” “Party like it’s 1989,” and “nice to meet you, where you been?”
Many of these phrases are actually lyrics from her immensely popular songs.
The recent YouTube phenomenon of “unboxing”- opening the
contents of packaged tech items or toys with an accompanying review or
description- has proved incredibly lucrative for a variety YouTube contributors.
These videos get millions of views, along with millions of dollars in ad
revenue. Perhaps the most famous of the unboxing contributors is an unidentified
woman known only by her YouTube handle: FunToyzCollector (formerly
“DisneyCollectorBR”). It has been said that she is currently YouTube’s highest
paid star, grossing over $4.9 million dollars in 2014 from her channel.
It’s easy to see how FunToyzCollector’s videos became so popular:
her reviews of toys give kids (and yes, some adults) sneak peaks at the latest
The legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado and
Washington has lead to many novel intellectual property issues.
For example, in March 2014, a new state tax was proposed that
would on Washington marijuana-related businesses seeking IP protection.
Specifically, a tax of $3.60 would be assessed per $1000 of value of a
business’s IP assets, including trademarks, trade names, brands, patents, and
copyrights related to marijuana. The
of the tax is to “capitalize on [Washington’s] unique position” and use the
generated revenue for agricultural research.
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