Copyright Law Slides – Spring 2018


Trademark Law Slides – Fall 2017

More Fun With Trademark Law

Boise State University has a trademark registration for the color “blue” for the turf of its home football field, and BSU is enthusiastic about enforcing that mark against colleges and high schools across America.  If your turf isn’t green, expect a call or letter from Boise.


Earlier coverage of the BSU trademark registration:

And from an earlier edition of this Trademark Law course:

Fun With Trademark Law

“Last fall, Angel Seng, owner of Donut Taco Palace 1 off Highway 290 in southwest Austin, gained thousands of new fans after a popular sports website told the world about her signature Longhorn Donut.

One look at the yeast-and-glaze concoction that resembles the Hook ‘Em Horns hand gesture and you can understand why fans gobble it up.

But if you were thinking of celebrating the start of football season with a dozen, think again. The University of Texas has found some holes in Seng’s design.

Last month, Seng received a letter sent on behalf of the university citing a violation of trademark rights in relation to the Longhorn Donut and requesting that, when it comes to selling them, Seng yeast and desist.”


Music Copyright Illustrations

Mechanical Licensing

Dolly Parton, Jolene:

White Stripes, Jolene:

Collective Soul, Shine:

Dolly Parton, Shine:

Doris Day, Que Sera Sera:

Sly and the Family Stone, Que Sera Sera:

AC/DC, Thunderstruck:

Steve ‘n’ Seagulls, Thunderstruck:

Bee Gees, Stayin’ Alive:

Bruce Springsteen, Stayin’ Alive:

Glenn Miller, In the Mood:

Brian Setzer Orchestra, In the Mood:

Fred Rogers, It’s Such a Good Feeling:

Donora, It’s Such a Good Feeling [Soundtrack for “My Tale of Two Cities“]

Guns N’ Roses, Welcome to the Jungle:

Richard Cheese, Welcome to the Jungle:

Steely Dan, Reelin’ in the Years:

Donny and Marie Osmond, Reelin’ in the Years:

Michael Jackson, Smooth Criminal:

Alien Ant Farm, Smooth Criminal:

Guns N’ Roses, Sweet Child o’ Mine:

The Warning, Sweet Child o’ Mine:

Metallica, Enter Sandman:

The Warning, Enter Sandman:

Shania Twain, That Don’t Impress Me Much:

Haim, That’t Don’t Impress Me Much

The Monkees, I’m a Believer:

Neil Diamond, I’m a Believer:

Smash Mouth, I’m a Believer (from Shrek):

Robin Thicke, Blurred Lines:

Postmodern Jukebox, Blurred Lines:

Jackie Wilson, Higher and Higher:

Rita Coolidge, Higher and Higher:

Earth, Wind, and Fire, September:

Taylor Swift, September:

The song Mühür Gözlüm

Ali İzzet:

Zeki Muren:

Neşet Ertaş:


George Clinton and Funkadelic, Get Off Your Ass and Jam:

NWA, 100 Miles and Runnin’:

Madonna, Vogue:

Salsoul Orchestra, Love Break:

Janet Jackson, Someone to Call My Lover:

America, Ventura Highway:

Girl Talk, Night Ripper:

Rolling Stones, The Last Time:

The Verve, Bittersweet Symphony:




Chuck Berry, Sweet Little Sixteen:

Beach Boys, Surfin USA

The Lion King, The Lion Sleeps Tonight:

Tight Fit, The Lion Sleeps Tonight:

The Tokens, The Lion Sleeps Tonight:

The Weavers, Wimoweh:

Solomon Linda, Mbube:

Paul Simon, Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes: