Trademark

Consumer Advocate's Free Speech Rights Upheld in UDRP Trademark Proceeding

Back in 2006, Robert Arkow, a self-styled consumer advocate who played a role in establishing the California (and then federal) Do Not Call lists, created a website at "metrolinkriders.com." The site hosts a forum for users and employees of Metrolink, the local commuter railway service in southern California, to comment upon Metrolink's services and policies. A small group of readers frequent the site, contributing on topics like possible fare increases and customer service issues.

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How Trademark Law Casts A Dark Cloud Over Free Speech

Bill McGeveran, a University of Minnesota law professor and friend of the CMLP, has published his article, "Four Free Speech Goals for Trademark Law" in the Media & Entertainment Law Journal, volume 18 (available at SSRN).

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T-Mobile Asks Engadget to Stop Using the Color Magenta

I was sure that this was an April Fool's joke. But alas, it's true. Deutsche Telekom, the parent company of T-Mobile, sent Engadget a letter a few weeks ago, requesting that the popular tech blog stop using the color magenta in the logo for its Engadget Mobile news blog. Here are the two logos side-by-side (courtesy of Engadget):

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Court Rejects Wal-Mart's Bid to Silence Criticism Through Trademark Law

Last Thursday, a federal court in Georgia handed down a big win for free speech when it ruled that Wal-Mart could not use trademark law to stop a critic from disseminating his virulently anti-Wal-Mart views over the Internet. From Public Citizen's press release:

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Lifestyle Lift v. Real Self -- Using Trademark Law to Silence Critical Reviews?

Eric Goldman published an interesting post yesterday about a new case, Lifestyle Lift Holding, Inc. v.

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