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.”


Copyright Law Slides – Spring 2016

Trademark Law Slides – Fall 2015

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:

Guns N’ Roses, Sweet Child o’ Mine:

The Warning, Sweet Child o’ Mine:

Metallica, Enter Sandman:

The Warning, Enter Sandman:


Janet Jackson, Someone to Call My Lover:

America, Ventura Highway:

Girl Talk, Night Ripper: