Monthly Archives: November 2018

Is Your Turkey Wishbone Protected By Copyright?

The use of a bird’s furcula, or “wishbone,” for divination purposes dates back to the ancient Etruscans, and the ritual of two people pulling on the furcula to determine who would get married first has its origins in late medieval Europe. From there, some version of the custom likely was brought to America by the pilgrims, who would have referred to the bone as a “merrythought.” Given all that history,… More

Watch: Social Media Pitfalls and Best Practices

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Social media platforms present countless opportunities for companies looking to connect to consumers and clients in real time. But, like so much else in our connected age, these opportunities come with a host of risks ranging from minor public relations blips to unpleasant regulatory run-ins with government agencies, and from DMCA takedowns to right of publicity lawsuits.

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The Ultimate Girls Versus Boys Battle Of The Trademarks: Girl Scouts Sue Boy Scouts for Trademark Infringement and Dilution

When I heard that the Girl Scouts of the United States of America filed a lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America last week, I was fascinated.  As a former Girl Scout and troop leader myself, who also happens to practice trademark law, I have a lot of thoughts about this case.  Many people predicted that the Boy Scouts’ decision to admit girls last year would put the organizations on a collision course. … More