5 Mistakes that will Land You in Branding Hell

  Jessica Alba & The Honest Company (owner of honesttoddler.com) vs. TheHonestToddler.com Brand disputes are about CONTROL. You could be fighting over any number of things (e.g. a logo, content, a name), but at the end of the day, someone wants more control than they currently have…or is trying not to lose it.  And whoever…

Plagiarism: Is it really just an ethical violation?

An argument for when it should be grounds for a LEGAL claim I’m not down with stealing ideas, expression, innovation, and identity.  My disfavor for those things fuels the passion for what I do. This past Tuesday, I saw the following in my Twitter timeline (read from the bottom-up): *fire sparked* I checked out the…

#BrandInfringement in the News: New Posthumous Aaliyah album produced by…Drake?

Okay, I can’t believe what I’m reading in the news. Pop singer Hip Hop artist Recording Artist Drake has released a single including the vocals of Aaliyah. About Aaliyah –  In the 1990’s there were three major African American female vocalists on the airwaves and music videos:  Brandy, Monica, and Aaliyah.  Aaliyah was dubbed the princess of R &B….

#BrandInfringement: The issue of “Stealing Ideas and TV show Formats”

CBS hasn’t given up on claims that the ABC reality series The Glass House is an illegitimate knockoff of its long-running hitBig Brother.  Despite a judge’s order in July denying an injunction and notwithstanding disappointing ratings for the ABC show, CBS is going forward with its lawsuit that alleges copyright infringement and misappropriation of trade secrets. This…

Kudos to FedEx!

I dropped by my neighborhood FedEx Office today to pickup materials for a client meeting. As I’m reviewing the printed materials, two [older] gentlemen came in and approached the counter. I wasn’t looking at them, I was just listening. Here’s how the conversation went: Them: We wanna make copies of these. Clerk: If these are…