Intellectual Property

  • Calendar

    March 20, 2014

    NIte at the Puppet Asylum

    Muckenthaler Cultueral Center

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2014

    Kyle Firstenberg, Mars Hill Church's Former Orange County Pastor, Talks of Being Silenced

    Are former leaders of Mars Hill Church leaders essentially being told to shut up lest they severance and health insurance? That's what a Pennsylvania college professor is alleging, based partly on letters he has received from former leaders, including a fellow who was executive pastor of the Malls ... More >>

  • Film

    September 5, 2013
  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    Josh Hamilton, Angel in the Outfield, Lets Go of "Play Hard, Pray Harder" Slogan to Settle Suit

    Angels right fielder Josh Hamilton just prayed away rights to the slogan "Play Hard, Pray Harder." That is, the author of Beyond Belief, his autobiography that details trading drugs and alcohol for Jesus, has settled a lawsuit brought by a Dallas-based entity over trademark rights to the slogan the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    Disney to No Longer Seek to Trademark "Dia de los Muertos" [UPDATE]

    UPDATE, 6 P.M.: After a flurry of online outrage, Disney has decided to no longer pursue a trademark on "Dia de los Muertos." See Also: *Lawsuit: Disneyland Employee Dressed as White Rabbit Refused to Hug Black Child *Disneyland and AIDS Charity Sued for Darth Vader Swinging at Bird But Hitting Lad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2013

    Gokhan Kucuk, John Giang Ly and Joon Heung Son Busted in "Operation Fashion Faux Pas"

    Gokhan Kucuk of Huntington Beach, John Giang Ly of Westminster and Garden Grove shoe shop owner Joon Heung Son are facing felony charges stemming from "Operation Fashion Faux Pas," an Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigation of Orange County retailers suspected of dealing in counterfeit des ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    Nestle Purina PetCare Sued by Garden Grove Nonprofit Hemopet for Copyright Infringement

    A Garden Grove nonprofit that provides animal blood banks and veterinary diagnostic services is suing Nestle in Santa Ana federal court for copyright infringement.Hemopet accuses Nestle's Purina PetCare unit of infringing on four patents related to determining nutritional programs for dogs and cats ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2012

    Five Ways to Make a More Efficient Ramadan Kitchen

    Ramadan--the holy month where Muslims forgo food and drink, including water, from sunup to sundown--is here. One of the five pillars in Islam, this month is one of spiritual discipline and renewal, as Muslims are instructed to spend extra time in worship and try to cut back on bad habits. The fast t ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 10, 2012
  • Blogs

    October 11, 2011

    Derek Reeve, SJC Councilman, Loses Teaching Gig as Newspaper and Website Scrum Over Plagiarism

    ​The Orange County Register and AOL's Patch have served as home and away courts for a series of journalistic volleys involving Patch's San Juan Capistrano news site and that city's controversial lawyer, educator and city councilman, Derek Reeve.The latest kill-shot involves Reeve losing a teaching ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    Wine Company Trying to Trademark Term 'Taco Truck'

    ​Today is something called National Taco Day, which is a total bullshit holiday made up in 2000 by Chuy's in Austin. It started as a marketing ploy, and Chuy's actually filed a trademark application for it, but it let its rights to the term slip, meaning hundreds of lazy bloggers and reporters can ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    German Liquor Maker Can Now Legally Call their Drink "Fuck Schnapps"

    ​In a cheap media ploy that obviously worked, a German liquor company applied for a trademark for a brand of schnapps they wanted to call "Fuck." Their initial efforts were stymied by authorities--but now, a German high court has ruled in their favor in the most important free-speech battle since ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    Pearl Jam's Ten Club: Are They Eddie Vedder's Copyright Police?

    ​We don't condone the violation of copyright law. But if you try to upload a video on YouTube featuring a live Pearl Jam or Eddie Vedder performance, chances are your account will be blocked due to a copyright claim filed by a third party. At least that's what happened when I attempted to upl ... More >>

  • Culture

    June 16, 2011 Finds Out Its Muse is Forever Litigious

    [Trendzilla] Support this hilarious website in its fight against the humorless, unoriginal corporate giant

  • Calendar

    April 28, 2011


    Cerritos Center

  • Music

    April 14, 2011

    Volcom Sues Jay-Z

    [Mental Notes] More important, what's going on for Record Store Day in OC?

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Petition Filed with US Patent Office to Cancel "Urban Homestead" Trademark Held by Dingbat Dervaes Family

    The Ma and Pa Kettle of the legal world?​Remember that humongous controversy earlier this year when a weirdo Pasadena family not only successfully got a trademark for the term "urban homesteading" (used in American English for decades), but began sending threatening legal letters to entities who u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    Battle for the Diamond: Surf Brand Volcom Sues Jay-Z Over Trademark Infringement

    Jay-Z may need to find a new shape.​De Beers lied to us. A diamond is not forever. Jay-Z has been throwing around that diamond hand signal for a few years now and using it as the logo for his music company, but a Costa Mesa surf brand is taking legal action to get its diamond back.Volcom is suing ... More >>

  • Culture

    March 17, 2011

    Louis Vuitton Has No LV for Parody

    [Trendzilla] The fashion icon continues to ridiculously pursue legal action against artist Nadia Plesner

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    [UPDATED] Pasadena's Dervaes Family Trademarks the Terms 'Urban Homestead' and 'Urban Homesteading,' Now Cracking Down on Bloggers

    This guy just gave a talk in Orange County. . . . Better change the title of that book, son!​UPDATED, 10:50 P.M. Those dingbat Dervaeses won't give up. Rather than take their licking and apologize to the authors, bloggers, and libraries who dared use the term "urban homestead" or "urban homeste ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 16, 2010

    The Vandals

    House of Blues

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2010

    [UPDATED:] Matthew Lloyd Crippen Escapes Charges of Illegal Modification of Xbox Consoles

    ​Update, December 6, 12:07 p.m.: A tip to you budding prosecutors out there: When a judge says, "I really don't understand what we're doing here," your case is in serious jeopardy. That's what U.S. District Judge Philip Gutierrez said last week in Los Angeles before the U.S. Attorney's Office anno ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 4, 2010
  • Blogs

    January 4, 2010

    As If Mike Myers' "The Love Guru" Was Not Enough of a Crime

    ​The Federal Bureau of Investigation says an Irvine man pleaded guilty to a felony charge of uploading a pre-release version of The Love Guru to a website operated by a piracy group that made the Mike Myers movie widely available on the Internet.Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2009

    Baja Fresh in Irvine Doing "Baja Kogi"

    My friend Christian over at OC Mex Food just discovered that a Baja Fresh in Irvine has started serving "Baja Kogi" tacos. My initial reaction was one of disbelief. But Christian has the pictures to prove it.  Mmm, smells like trademark infringement.

  • Calendar

    May 21, 2009

    Collected Stories

    South Coast Repertory

  • Calendar

    November 20, 2008



  • Calendar

    September 11, 2008

    Spare the Flesh

    The Merhchant of Venice

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2008

    NIN to Play LA Sept. 6

    As part of their Lights In The Sky North American tour, Nine Inch Nails will play the Forum Sat. Sept. 6. Atlanta space/drone rockers Deerhunter will open (a surprisingly, bold choice by Mr. Trent Reznor). Tickets go on sale June 28 at 10 a.m. through and Since Rezn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2008

    Kid Rock says steal music, gas

    I think I have to start liking Kid Rock now.....eeeewwww..... From BBC News: "Kid Rock said his record company Atlantic had asked him to 'stand up for illegal downloading' a few years ago because it told him 'people are stealing from us and stealing from you'." Kid Rock has just played his fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2008

    "Don't Copy That Floppy"

    Even back in 1992, copyright holders and their earnest propagandists were battling against illegal duplicating. This clever video puts human faces behind the adverse effects of piracy. Real people's livelihoods are at stake here, now more than ever in the brave new world of 2008. Think about that be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2007

    OC Sex Inventions

    Inspired by an exhibit of sex inventions at the New York-based Museum of Sex, I thought I'd do a little trolling through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's online search for anything interesting coming out of our fair county. Anaheim inventor Wayne Manska was awarded patent #6,645,164 in 2003 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2007

    Pigs* Bust OiNK

    The BBC reports that British and Dutch police today have shut down the popular and flagrantly illegal music-downloading site OiNK and arrested its overlord, a 24-year-old man from Middlesbrough, England. That sound you hear is the celebratory high-5ing of major-label employees worldwide and Metallic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2007

    Most boring drink ever?

    It's always tedious to hear health-freaks go on and on about the benefits of this or that special shake. But now there's a drink that gets right to the point, putting you to sleep all by itself. (I thought such a thing already existed, and was called "whiskey." The things you learn in this job...) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2007

    Mickey Mouse: Member of Hamas?

    Disney is a notoriously litigious corporation that defends what it feels belongs to them, whether intellectual property rights or the city of Anaheim. So it'll be interesting to see what, if any, reaction, they'll do after this children's television show aired on Hamas' Palestinian television networ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2006

    Su®f City

    Because nothing evokes the true spirit of surfing like the smell of lawyers and advertising executives in the morning, we can all rejoice at the news that Huntington Beach is now officially "Surf City USA", in the very real and legally binding sense of those words. According to the L.A. Times, "[The ... More >>

  • Columns

    September 22, 2005
  • News

    August 9, 2001

    Tran Wreck

    In a miscarriage of justice the only Little Saigon video pirate in jail is the one who praised Ho Chi Minh

  • News

    March 8, 2001

    Video Porn

    According to the Westminster Police Department and the Orange County district attorney?s office, we can rest easy: Little Saigon?s infamous video pirate is now behind bars.

  • Columns

    December 7, 2000
  • News

    August 17, 2000

    Rifling Victorias Drawers

    The Smoking Gun picks copyright fight with panty peddler

  • News

    June 29, 2000

    Flaming the Fans

    Buffy-lovers fight Fox

  • News

    February 3, 2000

    Making Copies

    The menace threatening the global entertainment industry? Linux users!?

  • News

    May 20, 1999

    Off Tran's Case

    Republican DA plays partisan politics in Little Saigon