Parody

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    Copyright, Trademarks

    Fad Flashback: Eighties Toy Dispute Pits Cuddly Against Crude

    Thirty years ago this month, the Topps Company released Garbage Pail Kids, a series of trading cards/stickers designed to parody Cabbage Patch Kids dolls. Both induced mania in the 1980s, made their companies millions, then almost in tandem, lost their mass appeal. But before the madness stopped, the Kids met in court, where a judge determined whether the Garbage Pail Kids infringed Cabbage Patch Kids intellectual property.

    0 Comments / / May 29, 2015 at 3:43 PM
  • Yep, we're laughing at you.

    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.13.15

    * From the “Why the hell didn’t you settle this?” file: Now that Alexandra Marchuk’s case against Faruqi & Faruqi and Juan Monteverde has gone to trial, it seems the firm is getting all sorts of publicity — mostly negative. [New York Post]

    * Supreme Court justices are really just like us… they show up late to work, too. Because Justice Antonin Scalia was stuck in traffic this morning, Chief Justice John Roberts had to summarize two of Scalia’s opinions from the bench. Oops! [NPR]

    * Speaking of Justice Scalia, the Supreme jurist managed to sneak in a citation to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice in his opinion in Whitfield v. United States to show the common usage of the word “accompany.” [Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * Remember Dennis Doyle, the lawyer who lost his job and dropped $25K to see every single Knicks game this season? He said this of his tragic endeavor: “I can’t shut it down. I’m in too deep. … I’ll see it through—if it doesn’t kill me first.” [Bleacher Report]

    * An Idaho prosecutor is having regrets over the fact that he chose to issue an arrest warrant for a 9-year-old boy on gum-stealing charges, calling it “a mistake under the circumstances.” That kid must be the coolest on the playground. [ABA Journal]

    * “Trying to suppress [the value of parody] with violence is a fool’s errand.” In the wake of the horror of the Charlie Hebdo shootings, it’s worth recognizing that here in the U.S., we owe much to rappers who have capitalized on free speech. [LinkedIn]

    12 Comments / / Jan 13, 2015 at 5:00 PM
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    Advertising, Lawyer Advertising, Plaintiffs Firms, Videos, YouTube

    Now Comes The Jamie Casino Parody Videos

    The sign of a truly great artist is not the work of art itself, it’s inspiring others… to make their own parodies.

    2 Comments / / Feb 14, 2014 at 12:15 PM
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    Crime, Deaths, Murder, Quote of the Day, Trials, Videos, Violence, YouTube

    Watch Jodi Arias Make Dick Jokes on the Witness Stand

    Nancy Grace would probably pee her pants if she saw this video.

    2 Comments / / Apr 17, 2013 at 4:30 PM
  • Oyez! Oyez! Oyez!

    Bail, Fashion, Fashion Is Fun, Fast Food, Food, Insider Trading, Intellectual Property, Morning Docket, Pornography, Prostitution, Trademarks

    Morning Docket: 04.20.12

    * George Zimmerman will appear before Judge Kenneth Lester Jr. today to request bail. What kind of evidence will the prosecutor have to present for bond to be denied? [Miami Herald]

    * Should prostitution be legalized? 70% of our readers think it should be (and not just because it’d mean they’d be employed nine months after graduation). But let’s get some more input from others on this topic. [Room for Debate / New York Times]

    * “Bring me Solo and the Wookiee. They will all suffer for this outrage.” Rajabba the Hut seems to have had a second Goldman Sachs tipper. Say hello to Rajat Gupta, who has pleaded not guilty. [Bloomberg]

    * Counsel in the Gucci v. Guess trademark case wrapped up their closing arguments in court yesterday. It’s generally not a good thing when the judge interrupts you to question your late filing. [Businessweek]

    * Uh, apparently there’s a legal battle concerning intellectual property having to do with a Three Stooges porn parody. I personally shudder to think of how Curly is portrayed. [Hollywood, Esq. / Hollywood Reporter]

    * After taking a blow from that fake beef lawsuit, Taco Bell’s sales are up thanks to its Doritos taco. Because getting your fingers covered in orange crap totally makes up for the “taco meat filling.” [Washington Post]

    3 Comments / / Apr 20, 2012 at 9:11 AM
  • Copyright, Intellectual Property, Media and Journalism

    AP Sues Meltwater News Claiming Copyright Offense

    CHICAGO (ATL) — The Associated Press is suing a digital news distributor, claiming it infringed on AP copyrights. In a story posted yesterday, the AP reported: “The Associated Press is suing a digital news distributor, claiming it infringed on AP copyrights.” Apparently, something called Meltwater News Service has been stealing content from the AP and […]

    3 Comments / / Feb 15, 2012 at 10:09 AM
  • Facebook, Football, Immigration, Kids, Morning Docket, Nauseating Things, Real Estate, Trademarks, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 08.30.11

    * Alabama “welcomes visitors,” but reserves the right to question their papers. The state won’t get the chance to show visitors this kind of southern hospitality any time soon thanks to an injunction. [CNN] * Someone in the Facebook marketing department must have realized that there’s no publicity like free publicity, because the company’s trademark […]

    50 Comments / / Aug 30, 2011 at 9:34 AM
  • Bad Ideas, Food, Minority Issues, Racism

    I Thought I Liked Fried Chicken Because It Is Delicious

    Many of you know that the headline is the punchline to an awesome Dave Chappelle joke about black people and chicken. As far as I know, it is the only joke about black people and chicken (fried or otherwise) that is acceptable for white people to retell in 2010 America. I say again, it’s the […]

    269 Comments / / Dec 15, 2010 at 6:26 PM