How you know Led Zeppelin will win the copyright court case

Submitted by Kevin Hoda on May 16, 2016   Commentary

One of the major copyright news stories of the year was that rock band Led Zeppelin was being sued for copyright infringement for the song “Stairway to Heaven”. Their most famous song and my personal favorite. I was quite surprised when they were sued and claims that the intro was stolen from the band Spirit. That and in the beginning Led Zeppelin was losing the case.

For decades there were claims they took the intro, however this was the first legal action against the rock band. While the media debated this, I already knew who would win the case. It was fairly obvious.

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Does the US Government have the power to remove trademarks from people or companies that did not commit a crime

Submitted by Kevin Hoda on April 4, 2015   Commentary Tags: , , , , , , ,
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That is what this whole removal of the Redskins trademark is about.

This case, Blackhorse v. Pro Football, Inc,  will be headed to the Supreme Court if the Redskins lose their case in court. While I feel if it does reach that point, the Supreme Court will rule in favor of the Redskins, I wonder what will happen if they rule against them.

Basically what the court would have said is that the Federal Government can remove issued trademarks at any time if a elected official finds them offensive. Does not matter if your brand is 83 years old and is worth $2.4 billion like the Washington Redskins. Yes, the name is offensive to some, but does that mean it loses its trademark?

Does the US government have the right to remove trademarks for a company that did not commit any crime? That is the question.

If the Washington Redskins lose the court case over their trademark, it will stage a dangerous precedent for other companies.
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Justice Department continues attack on the Redskins and free speech. What other words are offensive but not banned?

Submitted by Kevin Hoda on March 27, 2015   Commentary Tags: , , ,
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“A government of laws and not of men” – John Adams

The 2nd president of the United States could not be more right. Some elected officials decided that they don’t like the name of a sport’s team, and at the stroke of a pen, the US trademark was gone. 83 years of brand building and a brand that is worth $2.4 billion could be lost if the court rules against them. Lets not forget, the Redskins did not commit any crime. They are going to lose their trademark for doing nothing illegal.

The Justice Department today released a update regarding the removal of the Washington Redskin’s trademark. According to them, the trademark is not free speech because it is commercial. Using that logic, video games and music are not protected either.

The Redskins are arguing that the US Constitution protects their free speech as much as a anyone else.

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