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News and Notes Focused on the 3 Public Faces of IP Law

  • Brand Image Protection - Trademark Law
  • Visual Image Protection - Copyright Law
  • Personal Image Protection - Right of Publicity Law

The Image Protection Law blog has been created in order to share stories and information on the legal aspects of: 1) the marketplace reputation of a company or product captured in its trademark, 2) published or publicly-displayed artwork, photography, and any created visual design, and 3) use of a person's photograph or likeness for product promotion or other commercial purposes.

The "IP3" share at least one thing in common: Image is everything. In these posts let's look at what that means in the realm of intellectual property in the news, but let's also be prepared to explore if there's something more beyond "everything." Don't forget, the intellectual in "intellectual property" doesn't mean smart or brainy, although by nature true creators often are. The word is used to refer to any creation, i.e., a "product of the mind." While this blog will be regularly updated, you are encouraged to share your thoughts on these posts.

Copyright suit over 'Soft Kitty' lyrics dismissed

If you are a regular viewer of the television sitcom The Big Bang Theory, then you probably are familiar with the loveable quirks of one of the main characters - Sheldon Cooper. One such quirk is Sheldon wanting people to sing the song "Soft Kitty" whenever he is hurt or sick.

Photos on Instagram prompt liquid lip artist to take action

While many people appreciate good art, unfortunately, not everyone recognizes that the time and energy that goes into creating these works of art should be compensated. This can lead to the unlawful use of said artwork, or the creation and use of other pieces that are virtually copies, without a licensing agreement. If you find yourself in this situation you may have legal options. One makeup artist recently took action against Kylie Jenner because of photos the founder of Kylie's Cosmetics, used to advertise her makeup line on Instagram.

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