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Top 10 Posts for 2010

Here are the top 10 Fame Appeal posts for 2010.

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[29 Nov 2010 | One Comment ]
Gov’t + COICA = Peer 2 Peer Witch Hunt

Isn’t it funny how my copyright final is only weeks away, and the Federal Government has suddenly gone on a copyright infringement witch hunt and closed down numerous websites without any notice or due process? Congress has been trying to pass a bill that would allow the Justice Dept. to seek expedited court orders and shut down infringing websites. The bill is called COICA, Combating Online Infringement and Copyright Act. If you bothered to read the link, you’ll notice that the BILL HAS NOT BEEN PASSED YET.
The Federal Government has prematurely used ICE, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, …

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[14 Oct 2010 | No Comment ]
You Be The Witness Of The Difference

Looking through various sites today on recent entertainment news, I came across a Yahoo headline that posted a video. The video was the redone commercial from the original “Back to the Future” movie trailer. When I first saw the headline, I immediately assumed that they were making another movie. My nerves began to jump because the “Back to the Future” series is, by far, my favorite film. It is such a staple in pop-culture and can still be enjoyed by many audiences today. However, it was not, but instead, the …

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[3 Aug 2010 | No Comment ]

Style update:
Dont forget to check style pages: His Briefcase & Her Handbag

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[21 Jul 2010 | 3 Comments ]
What’s in a name? George Clooney

Doctored photo of Vanja Gaffi with Mr. Clooney. www.thegossipers.com

Imagine someone used your image to help launch a clothing line!!!  Well that is exactly what happened to George Clooney in Italy.  It all started when George Clooney found photographs of himself wearing a Rolex. How absurd is that you may ask???? Well, Clooney is the spokesperson for Omega Watches so that would never happen.  Next, he found fake pictures of himself with people that he never met!

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While shopping at a Zara store in SoHo, to my surprise I found a  Michael Jackson t-shirt displayed for sale. All of sudden “Smooth  Criminal and Beat It” flash backs entered my consciousness.  At the bottom of the t-shirt it states. “Copyright Triumph International Inc, under license to Bravado Merchandising. All Right reserved.” It looks like Triumph International Inc. owns the copyright to Michael Jackson’s name. This means that most of the time whenever the King of Pop’s name is used in commerce permission from Triumph International is needed. Triumph International Inc. …

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[27 May 2010 | 3 Comments ]

Levi-Strauss has been a landmark company that has provided  denim clothing world wide. However can you believe even ol’ Levi is having trademark infringement issues? A company called Gardeur has allegedly made their back pocket design similar to Levi’s double curve design.  Levi’s alleges that the “clothing that displays stitching designs that are confusingly similar to [Levi’s] Arcuate trademark.” I do not think consumers will confuse the two designs. First because levi’s usually sew a colored tab in between the seat of the jean and the back pocket. Secondly, the …

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[22 Apr 2010 | 2 Comments ]

____No one in Miami will give MTV’s Jersey Shore permission to film on their property. Jersey Shore producers want almost “no limitations” on what they do on the location and have the right to destroy almost anything they want on the property! (read contract here) In my opinion given the reckless behavior of the cast the Location Release agreement should be more restrictive on what the cast members can and cannot do.
The contract reads: “The Project may lead to emotional strains and pressures on you, your business, your friends, your …

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[19 Apr 2010 | No Comment ]

Fame Appeal has been featured on the Widener Law School News. Many thanks to the Faculty and Staff who assisted in this process. Especially to the web editor for writing a great article.
You can find the article here

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[16 Apr 2010 | One Comment ]

Alternative dispute resolution services, are now available to protect the concepts behind media such as Game Shows and Reality shows from unauthorized spin-offs across the world.

Have you ever asked yourself, “Doesn’t this reality tv show look like one that was cancelled a couple months ago?” Well TV show creators around the world have been asking themselves a slightly similar question, except they see it as an unauthorized copy. On April 11th an alternate dispute resolution to prevent the furtherance of unauthorized copying of televsion formats opened. Thanks to the joint …

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