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Tag: Trademark Law

Stock Photography vs AI-Generated Content: Legal and Creative Considerations

January 31, 2024

Whether it is safe or wise to use AI vs stock photography relies on many facts. It is not only about using the original images without consent; it is about featuring people or models without their consent, featuring trademarked properties without consent, infringing authorship, privacy, or commercial rights of others.

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Supreme Court rules for Jack Daniel’s in ‘poop-themed’ dog toy trademark fight

June 8, 2023

Various companies, including Nike Inc., Campbell Soup Co. and American Apparel, filed briefs backing Jack Daniel’s, saying the appeals court’s interpretation of the law threatened trademark protections that shield the value of iconic brands.

Read more at NBC News

Fight to Free ‘Taco Tuesday' Phrase From Trademark

May 25, 2023

LeBron James Joins Taco Bell in Fight to Free ‘Taco Tuesday' Phrase From Trademark

Taco John's, a 400-location chain that has held the trademark for the popular phrase since 1989, is being challenged by an NBA superstar and fast-food powerhouse

Read more at NBC Los Angeles

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Supreme Court Rules That 'Scandalous' and 'Immoral' Names Can Be Trademarked

June 23, 2019

In a 6-3 ruling decided Monday, the Supreme Court struck down the Patent and Trademark Office’s (PTO) ban on “immoral” or “scandalous” trademarks, calling it a violation of free speech

The ruling was decided by a mix of liberal and conservative justices. Kagan, Justice Clarence Thomas, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice Samuel Alito, Justice Neil Gorsuch and Justice Brett Kavanaugh all voted in favor.
Read more at Time.com


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