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"Bitch, It's Saturday" as a Trademark

Just a few weeks ago, the Women's March descended on nearly 700 locations around the globe with almost 5 million participants. It is estimated to be the biggest protest demonstration in American history. Many marveled that, though conditions were tight, cold, and uncomfortable, people were mostly nice and polite to each other. The response of a protester to one not-so- nice person has led to an interesting trademark application. 

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Can Facebook be sued for live-streaming suicides?

In January 2017, two different suicides were streamed using Facebook Live, a service that allows Facebook users to create and broadcast real-time videos to their followers. At the end of the month, a third was streamed live using a different service and is still publicly available on Facebook as of February 2017. Should Facebook be legally obligated to do more to prevent these types of disturbing live broadcasts? As disturbing as these videos are, I don't think the current law extends liability to Facebook.

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The #CashMeOusside Child May Be Sued for Trademark Infringement

So...the "cash me ousside how bow dah" girl may actually be sued for trademark infringement by Hanesbrands, Inc. - owner of Champion sportswear. And I'm so confused about how we got here. If you're active on social media, you've probably seen people using "cash me ousside - how bow dahas some strange inside joke. This article outlines the basis of what is going on in our crazy world, with a very brief explanation of trademark law and parody. 

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#RunMeMyCheck: Nicki Minaj on the Art of Knowing Your Value

Nicki Minaj has built a nine-figure brand since stepping on the scene in 2004. In addition to music, she's sold everything from nails and perfume to moscato and wigs. Minaj's stamp of approval is valuable, and she's knows it. Companies who use her name must compensate her for that privilege. On Friday, Minaj took to Twitter to call out one ultra-high end shoe company who is using her name without paying her . . . Giuseppe Zanotti. Here's why I believe she's right to do so - I hope he runs her that check ASAP. 

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Donald Trump’s tweets are now presidential records

By many accounts, Donald Trump’s bold use of Twitter helped him get the attention and votes necessary to win a presidential race few initially thought he could. Given Trump’s affinity for the social media platform, it was unsurprising that tweets began streaming from his @realDonaldTrump account before noon on Inauguration Day. He recently came under fire for deleting tweets after officially becoming president. Many Twitter users tweak their tweets every day with little to no fanfare. When the president of the United States does it, however, there can be legal consequences.

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Business Advice From Janice Bryant Howroyd

One bio I've been amazed by for years is that of Janice Bryant Howroyd. If you've never heard of her, you should Google that name. Mrs. Howroyd serves in many capacities, including as an entrepreneur, educator, ambassador, businesswoman, author, and mentor. Born in a small, segregated North Carolina town called Tarboro, she rose to become the first African-American woman to build a $1 billion business.

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AKA's "Skee Wee" Sound is Now a Registered Trademark

Scrolling through my Twitter feed this morning, I learned that the "skee wee" sound, a high pitched squeal used by members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA) to promote its organization and as a greeting among its members, became a registered trademark this week. The sorority has been using the "skee wee" sound since 1941, and the registration covers its "association services, namely promoting the interest of the sorority and its members. How did AKA do this, and how can you?

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The Right to Free Speech Can’t Save Kim Burrell

A few weeks ago, gospel singer Kim Burrell found herself in hot water with saints and sinners alike when a two-minute excerpt from one of her sermons, which many characterized as homophobic, found its way to the internet. Celebrities and others quickly condemned Burrell’s statements and her career began to take a hit. Some have questioned whether Burrell’s punishments have gone to far. And, Burrell does have some supporters. Those raising free speech concerns, however, are mistaken if they think the right to free speech can save Kim Burrell.

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Branding 101: What You Can Learn From RUN DMC's $50 million dollar lawsuit against Walmart & Amazon.com

Run-DMC made headlines at the end of 2016 because their company, RUN-DMC BRAND LLC filed a $50 million dollar trademark infringement lawsuit against Walmart, Amazon.com, and a number of other companies. The lawsuit alleges that these companies (the defendants) are wrongfully and illegally using the RUN-DMC brand and trademark by selling unauthorized products. In reading through all of this, it seems that RUN-DMC, unlike a lot of artists, have taken many of the appropriate steps to protect their brand. I thought it would be useful to share some of the best takeways in this blog post.

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Decide Who Controls Your Facebook Account When You Die

It is inevitable. One day, you're scrolling through Facebook looking at photos of friends and old classmates and you see posts like: "I can't believe you're gone, John Doe!" You might not have thought about John Doe in days, months or years, but now, John is gone and you learned about it on Facebook. I've always felt weird about how this goes down. How can you make sure this doesn't happen to you?  You can tell Facebook who should control your account when you die using its "legacy contact" service.

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