Just Being Shellfish? Boiling Crab Sue Boiling Seafood Over Infringement – JONATHAN TURLEY

https://jonathanturley.org/2020/03/22/just-being-shellfish-boiling-crab-sue-boiling-seafood-over-infringement/

As many of you know, I have been a long critic of our draconian copyright and trademark laws — an area where both parties have consistently yielded to the demands of powerful lobbyists. We have been discussing a disturbing trend in copyright and trademark claims over things occurring in public or common phrases or terms. (For a prior column, click here). We have often discussed the abusive expansion of copyright and trademark laws. This includes common phrases, symbols, and images being claimed as private property (here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here). This included a New York artist claiming that he holds the trademark to symbol π. Even the Trump legal team sought to trademark “Keep America Great.” Campbell brought an action challenging the use of references like “chunky.”

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