Grim and gritty Power Rangers fan film brings fanfic back into legal spotlight

By Chris Meadows
February 25, 2015 // 1 Comment

A new legal battle over fanfic might be shaping up. In the last couple of days, music video director Joseph Kahn and producer Adi Shankar released a 15-minute short film reimagining Power Rangers as a grim and gritty dark future drama a la Pacific Rim. The film stars name actors, including James [...]

Did you know you can trademark a series title?

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
June 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

I knew you couldn’t copyright or trademark a book title, but until recently, I never realized you could trademark a series title. Then I saw a discussion on KBoards that mentioned it. (Sorry, can’t find the thread again.) I contacted my local trademark attorney, and we filed the [...]

Games Workshop, self-publishing author battle over ‘space marines’

By Chris Meadows
February 9, 2013 // 6 Comments

Self-publishing has a lot of advantages and just as many countervailing drawbacks. The biggest advantage is, of course, you get to be your own boss and can publish whatever you want to, without some publisher taking a cut of the money. But the dark side of this freedom is that it can leave you [...]

Facebook claims trademark over ‘book’ in latest user agreement update

By Chris Meadows
March 24, 2012 // 4 Comments

Did you know that Facebook is claiming a trademark over the word “book”? It has even revised its user agreement to add “book” to the list of trademarks users agree, by accessing the site, not to use without Facebook’s written permission. This springs from a series of trademark lawsuits or [...]

Transformer Prime makes Asus prime target for Hasbro lawsuit

By Chris Meadows
December 22, 2011 // 0 Comments

Perhaps this isn’t directly about e-books, except insofar as a tablet can be used as an e-reader, but I was so amused to learn today that Hasbro is suing Asus over the name of its latest hybrid tablet/netbook device that I just had to share it. I’m not surprised. I can honestly say I had [...]

A Tolkien update: Zazzle button returns; author of fanfic novel explains

By Chris Meadows
March 1, 2011 // 0 Comments

Here are a couple of updates to the Tolkien story I did a couple of days ago: First, Cory Doctorow heard from the Tolkien estate’s lawyer that the Tolkien estate was actually not involved in Zazzle’s takedown of the “While you were reading Tolkien, I was watching Evangelion” button—Zazzle [...]

New trademark and copyright blog started by law firm

By Paul Biba
April 23, 2010 // 0 Comments

Received the following email: If you’re watching trends in trademark/copyright law – did anyone mention Google? – we have a new checkpoint to offer: law firm Foley Hoag has just launched its Trademark & Copyright Law Blog, with analysis and commentary on current developments [...]

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