Intellectual Property

Troll Face with Monetizing Internet Memes and Copyright law

When our Intellectual Property/Arts & Entertainment team presents at one of its legal workshops (and we typically do these for various arts groups along the Front Range), sometimes we tell the story of Carlos Ramirez, the creator of the Trollface meme.

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Copyright icon next to a blue bird

That Tweet that has been making the rounds, and maybe even gone viral, should be fair game, right? Everyone has been retweeting it, so embedding the original tweet into my website isn’t hurting anyone…riiiight? Well, not so fast. The answer may depend on where the case is heard. Katherine B. Forrest, a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of ...

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Champagne Powder written over a snowflake

If you love to ski or snowboard, you may have heard of “champagne powder”, the dry, light and fluffy snow we love best. But, from a meteorological standpoint, what is it? Well, champagne powder does not actually describe a particular kind of snow crystal or water-density level, nor is it a term much used by meteorologists or snow scientists. Instead, ...

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Careers in the Arts written over artist prints

Many individuals (including your dad) are under the impression that the only way to succeed in the arts is to become a superstar. Media representations tend to present the arts as an all-or-nothing proposition, with the spotlight only given to the celebrity successes.

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Katy Perry Left Shark

During one segment of her performance, Katy was accompanied by several dancers in various beach-themed costumes, including two dancers who were dressed as sharks. When social media users commented en masse how the shark on the left (actually, Katy’s right) seemed to be incorporating its own moves instead of the planned choreography, a new Internet meme was born – Left ...

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Katy Perry Left Shark

In the last blog post, we discussed Katy Perry’s attempts to secure a trademark in “Left Shark” and a design image of a shark. That discussion focused on trademark, which protects phrases and images that identify and distinguish a source of goods or services. Photo Credit: Huntley Paton

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