trademark

3.25.19

People Want Cardi B to Acknowledge She Didn’t Invent 'Okurr'

The rapper is trying to trademark the word, but its complicated history touches drag culture, ballroom, and the Kardashians.

4.17.18

DJ Khaled Might Be Trying to Trademark His Son's Name

Becoming the legal owner of the word "Asahd": major key alert!

7.3.17

All the Dumb Shit Gene Simmons Has Tried to Trademark

The devil horns was just the tip of the iceberg compared to "Nude Car Wash," “International Fight Club,” and "?enis."

2.6.17

Kylie Minogue Beat Kylie Jenner in a Legal Battle Over Trademarking "Kylie"

Minogue's legal papers call Jenner a "secondary reality television personality." Damn.

10.4.16

The Depressing Story of America’s Favorite Pump-Up Jam

C&C Music Factory's "Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" is still the go-to anthem for sports games everywhere—but its legacy is at the center of a bitter, decades-long legal battle.

8.1.16

Can Brands Really Make Artists Change Their Names?

Burberry's suit against Burberry Perry is the latest in a long history of brands and artists clashing over trademark infringement.

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8.19.15

An Asian-American Musician's Five-Year Battle to Get His 'Offensive' Band Name Trademarked

The US government told Simon Tam that the name of his band the Slants was too racist to trademark, but he thinks a bunch of white people shouldn't be the ones to decide that.

2.5.15

Patenting a Magic Trick Is Tricky Business

Performers who want to protect their tricks with the law have an uphill battle.

7.23.14

The Best Rap Tunes of the Week: Grilled Cheeze, Vol. 7

Meet the horribly named Ray Jr., vibe out with Jet Life, and turn up with Atlanta weirdo Zuse in this week's mix of dope rap.