I Love LA!

@reaperthekeeper :  The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce apparently is trying to enforce its trademark in the “Hollywood” sign against LA Kings (ice hockey) goalie Jonathan Bernier, who wears a mask emblazoned with an image of the sign and other Southern California iconography.  So reports Yahoo! Sports.

On behalf of sensible trademark lawyers everywhere, let me say that this is insane.  Please, let us hope that the Kings and the NHL step up and body-check the Chamber of Commerce on behalf of Bernier and good sense generally.  I’m no fan of violence in sports, so take that as a metaphor.

Meanwhile, I’m trying to imagine the kind of royalties that Randy Newman might have to pay if he were to release this music video today:

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3 thoughts on “I Love LA!

  1. “Meanwhile, I’m trying to imagine the kind of royalties that Randy Newman might have to pay if he were to release this music video today”. I don’t think the human brain is capable of that. Would he be able to release it today seems an interesting question. I’ve lately been wondering if modern copyright law will largely destroy the creation of new folk songs; the kind that are actually created and sung by ordinary people over a span of years or centuries.

    More relevant to the quoted line may be a conversation I had with author Tim Powers perhaps a couple decades ago. I mentioned something about liking some lines from the song “Sonny Boy” he’d used at chapter beginnings of a novel. That turned out to be so expensive he said he’d not use real lyrics or such again in this manner. Instead, he’d use made up lyrics or poems in the future if he wanted to “quote” lyrics or poetry in a novel or short story.

  2. WE LOVE IT! That song has become the Laker win song too. I would think they pay, but after the game is “in the refrigerator: the door is closed, the lights are out, the eggs are cooling, the butter’s getting hard, and the Jell-O’s jigglin'” and fully over, the song comes up and well WE LOVE IT! WE LOVE IT!

  3. We run a small non profit in Los Angeles Ca. We are organizing a food festival and wanting to recreate the I LOVE (Red Heart) NY to I LOVE (Red Heart) LA FOOD FESTIVAL. Is there trademark or copyright infringement? How do I go about using this? Much appreciation!
    Susan
    Susan Hillyer

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