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Note to Trademark Office: This is Not Trademarkable

(David Post)ATX Brands LLC, which owns Bikinis Sports Bar and Grill (in Bikinis, TX), has obtained a federal trademark for the mark “Breastaurant” in connection with “restaurants and bars.”  [I was hoping that this Yahoo story got it wrong somehow - but I checked at the Trademark Office site, and indeed, the term has been registered [...]

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The Supreme Court’s Small (But Helpful) Step Towards Copyright Sanity

(David Post)The Court’s opinion in the Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley case, which came out on Tuesday, has some interesting fodder for those looking for glimpses of how copyright law is evolving these days.  The case centered on a hyper-technical question involving three interlocking statutory sections in the Copyright Act (I blogged about it in some detail [...]

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That Troublesome First Amendment, Michigan Edition

(David Post)On January 18, 2013, the Circuit Court in Wayne County preliminarily approved a settlement in a class action charging that  McDonald’s had sold non-”halal” Chicken Mcnuggets that had been advertised as “halal.”  A local activist named Majed Moughni was unhappy with the settlement terms (which required McDonalds to pay some money to two local Dearborn [...]

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Hypercard Redux

(David Post)[NOTE:  This brief essay comes from my friend and colleague David Johnson [from whom I first learned about Hypercard on our old Mac SE, many years ago)/DP] Why we need an Open Source Hypercard By: David R. Johnson Livecode has launched a kickstarter campaign to raise the funds needed to allow it to re-engineer their [...]

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