I actually think there is a substantial potential for confusion here. Mardi Gras is a big deal even if these particular krewes don't make a lot of money. What would happen if someone started 'Lil Facebook? You'd think it was endorsed or part of Facebook. Same principle here. A moron in a hurry might think that 'tit Rex's show was a part of or a spinoff of Rex's show.
You wonder if the Lacoste CEO watches tennis and thinks, "boy Andy Roddick looked like crap in those first two sets against Nadal. I'm going to call the US Open and tell them to have Andy stop wearing my shirts before he totally devalues the brand."
I would love to see the back and forth with Google on this...
Google: **Deleted** David-Gibson is not your real name.
PDG: I'm not legally allowed to use my real name.
Google: Why not?
PDG: Well, at first I was Anonymous, but then the court found out who I was so I was no longer anonymous. The court said that I could be part of Anonymous, but I couldn't use my real name when commenting on Anonymous' activities. So now I'm anonymous because I can't use my name. We are all Anonymous.
I don't think this type of usage should be allowed under fair use. Fair use should be available for commentary, news, education and certain other non-commercial uses. Pawlenty definitely should have to license this to be used in a commercial/political environment.
Me too. I don't get the benefit that Righthaven provided over a regular law firm. Was it just so the LVRJ could distance itself from the ugly mess of suing people? I am not a lawyer, but why doesn't Righthaven just give up and say, yes it was a contingency fee arrangement? Is it because they are not a law firm? Help me out lawyers...
The broadly worded law reminds me of the case where the woman was charged with criminal computer hacking for putting up the fake Facebook profile that led to the tragic suicide of the girl she was bullying. If the prosecutor tries hard enough, he/she can probably find something on the books to charge you with; like buying alcohol on Sundays.
I wonder who owns the copyright on the muazzin's call to prayer? Could you imagine the "public performance" licensing fees? 5 x per day from every mosque in the world...I am shocked Big Content hasn't tried to lock this up.