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Trademark Dispute: Elvis v. Baretta

Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE), which represents the interests of the estate of Elvis Presley, has filed suit in a Federal Court based in Tennessee against the gun manufacturer Beretta. EPE claims that a Beretta campaign surrounding the launch of the model 692 shotgun gave rise to claims of violation of the Federal Lanham Act (which governs trademarks and unfair competition), Tennessee and Nevada right of publicity, and common law unfair competition. It’s unknown whether EPE’s attorneys shot out their TVs when they first saw this allegedly infringing campaign.

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Comic Creators Q&A

Comic Creators Q&A On Saturday, February 22, 2014, I had the pleasure of speaking with a group of creators in Manhattan Beach, California at the Comic Bug, perhaps the world’s finest comic book store (bonus points to anyone who gets the comic book joke hidden in that sentence – and full disclosure: the Bug is operated by my good friend Mike Wellman.) About 30 creators from various fields – including comics, film, and video games – were in attendance. I thought it would be interesting to go through some of the questions & answers that we discussed. If you were…

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