Top Our resident legal expert is our very own commenter, KarenUhOh. We call upon Karen to weigh in on the legal activities of the day—but don't forget that any legal opinions should not be constituted as advice; laws may vary state by state; in general, you should read at your own risk! There's a great peril of these modern times. All the ideas are taken! Nothing original is left! Every bon mot and swell idea has been used, and what's more, those who own those ideas all retain high-priced law firms.
Take poor Jennifer Cassetta, for instance. Seems they have a little franchise you may have heard of, a TV show-soon-to-be-Major Motion Picture starring various aging Actresses desperately seeking Major Motion Paydays before the well, uh, dries up. A Picture that is unendingly being filmed , by the way. Casetta's application, but have been kind enough to suggest a name change for her biz—to "Health in the City.
So she's standing on her application. HBO always goes to the mat to protect Carrie and her Sisters. She's not the only one taking on HBO. It keeps leeches from sponging off your five minutes' hard work.
HBO holds trademarks for "Sex and the City" for use on posters and calendars; for "cosmetic brushes, eye shadow brushes, eyebrow brushes, lip brushes, make-up brushes, nail brushes and powder puffs"; for videogames, computer games, ringtones; for "trivia games, namely trivia cards"; for "makeup remover in the form of a pen," make-up kits, "nail enamel corrector pen, namely, nail enamel remover in the form of a pen," and "cosmetic facial blotting papers," as well as "perfume, perfume oils, eau de perfume," body spray, wax strips, shaving lotion, shaving mousse, false eyelashes and glue for false eyelashes; coin purses, clutch bags, duffel bags, luggage; lingerie, scarves, panties, pajamas, bras; drinking glasses and shot glasses; and "APPAREL, NAMELY T-SHIRTS AND HATS.
When you think someone is invading your sacred territory, like when Japan went into China, or when Tila Tequila and Katie Couric showed up in your sexual fantasy, the law examines a couple major areas.
Would it lead the "ordinary and prudent purchaser" to become flushed and confused. In other words, does Samantha go all four-eyed and start to turn green when you crunch your squats? The "legal experts" who make up the Comments on the WSJ blog are skeptical that HBO can pull this off, which is all you need to know, since the only comment worth your time is by "Am I Confused too? Get the fuck over it.
You've got syndication rights until the 22nd century. You have that film in production, which'll do boxcar numbers well into the second week of July, when it's knocked off its perch by "What The Fockers? Why the fuck couldn't she just have stayed?