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Will the real Sarah Palin please standup?: Interplay between Right of Publicity and Trademark

OR, What's in a Name? Personal Names as Trade Names REMIXED. By Barry Neil Shrum, Esquire (with Ashley Trout) "That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." You may know this quote from William Shakespeare’s classic play Romeo and Juliet or from the more "pop-culture" reference by Anne Hathaway [...]

By | April 29th, 2011|Entertainment Law, RIAA, Trademark Issues|Comments Off on Will the real Sarah Palin please standup?: Interplay between Right of Publicity and Trademark

TIVO v. ECHOSTAR

Editors Note:  The following is a research paper from one of the students in my Entertainment Law & Licensing class I teach at Belmont University’s Curb School of Music. By G. GRANT GUINANE On July 30, 1998 Tivo Inc. registered a patent for their multimedia time warping system that allows a user to store selected [...]

By | May 19th, 2010|Entertainment Industry News, Entertainment Law, RIAA, Trademark Issues|Comments Off on TIVO v. ECHOSTAR

Hey, what’s the big idea? Protecting your ideas when submitting them to a third party.

One question clients often asked me is whether an idea can be protected.  The question frequently arises when a client has an idea for a screenplay, or an outline for a story, or a unique title for a song or book, and wishes to submit or  “pitching” that idea to a major movie house, publisher [...]

By | June 12th, 2008|Copyright Issues, Entertainment Law, Music Law, RIAA, Trademark Issues|Comments Off on Hey, what’s the big idea? Protecting your ideas when submitting them to a third party.

What’s in a Name? Personal Names as Trade Names

 By James H. Harris III* More than just occasionally, entertainers adopt stage names. They do so because they believe the new name will add a luster and specific identity to their careers. Thus, Harold S. Jenkins became Conway Twitty. A stage name, of course, is a type of mark that an entertainer uses to identify [...]

By | March 22nd, 2002|Entertainment Industry News, Music Law, Trademark Issues|Comments Off on What’s in a Name? Personal Names as Trade Names